Best Wishes for a Happy New Year!


I am again honored to serve as your President for a second year. I look back on 2018 and am grateful for the support I received from the Sangha as we worked together to create a place where we can not only learn but to practice the Dharma.

Some of the changes that occurred last year include changes in the altar. The Buddha’s statue graced by the scrolls of Shinran Shonin and Rennyo Shonin now fills our main altar. The photo and writing of the new Gomonshu are hanging in the main hall. The beautiful altar cloth is used at all of the major services.

Reverend Sumikawa has office hours on Saturday and Mondays. In addition, he has started early Saturday morning chanting and walking meditation on Monday evenings. Several people interested in learning Buddhism have participated in these activities.

I believe that our members find support from one other as we gather after each service to enjoy refreshment that fellow members have prepared. I am grateful for the many members who work “behind the scenes” such as the temple grounds maintenance crew, the newsletter editor, those who change the weekly service program, the team leaders of the temple prep teams, to name a few. There are many others who volunteer to fill various needs for Sunday service. To all of these members, thank you. To all of you who attend Sunday services and other temple sponsored activities, thank you. Without you we will not have the third Treasure: The Sangha.

We begin to use our new name Windward Buddhist Temple this year. With this change our community expands to include the other Windward communities and we need to find ways to spread the Dharma to those communities.

I am grateful for what we have accomplished this past year to share the Dharma through our services and programs. I look forward to work with the Board of Directors to find more ways to meet the spiritual needs of the members and the community.

Wishing you a Happy, Healthy, Safe and Peaceful New Year.

In Gassho,

Prudence Kusano

Windward Buddhist Temple

Mahalo Rev. Umitani

The year-end service also marked the conclusion of Rev. Toshiuki Umitani's assignment as Kailua's interim minister. Mahalo Rev. Umitani and family for being a part of our temple in 2017!

KHM Officers & Directors 2018

From left to right: Joyce Nishita, Merle Tashiro, Dennis Tashiro, Keiji Kukino, Bob Nishita, Geraldine Ochikubo, Gerald Matsuda.

2018 Board of Directors


  • Allen Kusano
  • Keiji Kukino
  • Jean Fukumoto
  • Joy Nishida
  • Daikichi (Bob) Nishita
  • Merle Tashiro

President: Prudence Kusano

Vice President: Shirley Yanagisawa

Secretary: Joyce Nishita

Treasurer: Gerald Matsuda

Auditor: Geraldine Ochikubo

Immediate Past President: Dennis Tashiro

Interim Minister Rev. Toshiuki Umitani

Rev. Toshiyuki Umitani has been assigned to serve Kailua Hongwanji Mission (KHM) as an interim minister while Rev. David Nakamoto is on leave. Rev. Umitani is not a stranger to KHM as he served as our resident minister from January 2004 to February 2005. He and his wife Yoshiko lived in our parsonage down the lane next to the temple.

Rev. Umitani is from Hiroshima, Japan. He has an extensive education background which includes Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Central Institute of Buddhism, the Hongwanji Institute of Liturgy and Musahino University. While in Japan, he received his Tokudo Ordination in 1998 followed by a Kyoshi Certification in 2000.

Rev. Umitani arrived in Hawaii in 2001 and began his ministerial duties at the Honpa Hongwanji Betsuin before his KHM assignment. Makawao Hongwanji Mission was his next resident minister assignment. The Umitanis relocated back to Oahu in 2011 when Reverend received his current position of Executive Assistant to the Bishop. He also serves as the Chaplain at the Pacific Buddhist Academy.

On the personal side, Rev. Umitani and Yoshiko have two daughters; Naho (12) and Riho (9). He has a PADI (Professional Assn. of Diving Instructors) Master Scuba Diver License and enjoys taking pictures, watching movies and playing with children.

As noted on our temple calendar, Rev. Umitani will be our speaker twice in the month of April. We encourage everyone to come to temple to meet him! Welcome back sensei! 

For ministerial services, please contact Rev. Umitani at 227-1653 and for all other temple matters continue to contact temple president Dennis Tashiro (226-0339). 

KHM Officers & Directors 2017

From left to right: Gary Yamamoto, Jean Fukumoto, Joyce Nishita, Dennis Tashiro, Rev. David Nakamoto, Keiji Kukino, Allen Kusano, Merle Tashiro, Gerald Matsuda, Prudence Kusano, Bob Nishita. Not pictured: Joy Nishida

2017 Board of Directors


  • Allen Kusano
  • Gary Yamamoto
  • Jean Fukumoto
  • Joy Nishida
  • Merle Tashiro

President: Dennis Tashiro

Vice President: Bob Nishita

Secretary: Joyce Nishita

Treasurer: Gerald Matsuda

Auditor: Prudence Kusano

Immediate Past President: Keiji Kukino