Lihue Hongwanji Mission

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Lihue Hongwanji Mission
Lihue Hongwanji Mission is located in Hawaii
Lihue Hongwanji Mission
Location North of Lihue at Hawaii Route 56,aAt 3-3556-A Kuhio Highway
Nearest city Lihue, Hawaii
Coordinates 21°59′44″N 159°22′8″W / 21.99556°N 159.36889°W / 21.99556; -159.36889Coordinates: 21°59′44″N 159°22′8″W / 21.99556°N 159.36889°W / 21.99556; -159.36889
Area 0.4 acres (0.16 ha)
Built 1901
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 78001025[1]
Added to NRHP March 21, 1978

The Lihue Hongwanji Mission, near Lihue, Hawaii on Kauai, is a historic mission whose construction was started in 1901. It was a branch of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.[1] It is significant as the oldest surviving Japanese Buddhist mission on Kauai; it "reinforced Japanese ties to the mother country by preserving the language, education and cultural foundations, of immigrant Japanese laborers." The Lihue Plantation Company supported its development as a way of indirectly maintaining social control. It included Sunday school classes but the Japanese language school gradually became the most important part of the mission.[2]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ Larry Miller and Robert Fox (1974). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Lihue Hongwanji Mission". National Park Service.  and accompanying four photos from 1977