Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii

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The Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii is a district of the Nishi (West) Hongwanji branch of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, a school of Mahayana Pure Land Buddhism.


Jodo Shinshu Buddhism was established in Hawaii as a result of the immigration of Japanese people to work the sugarcane plantations in Hawaii. The first Hongwanji temple in the Hawaiian islands was dedicated on March 3, 1889.[1] In 1897, the Nishi Hongwanji in Kyoto, Japan began sending official ministers to establish temples for Japanese immigrants in Hawaii and the mainland United States.[2] Since these early days, 36 temples have been established across the Hawaiian Islands, including the Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin and the Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin. The mission operates the Hongwanji Mission School and Pacific Buddhist Academy.[3] It is administered separately from the Buddhist Churches of America, the umbrella organization of Jodo Shinshu temples in the continental United States. The mission headquarters is located at 1727 Pali Highway Honolulu, 21°18′57″N 157°51′7″W / 21.31583°N 157.85194°W / 21.31583; -157.85194Coordinates: 21°18′57″N 157°51′7″W / 21.31583°N 157.85194°W / 21.31583; -157.85194.[4]

In 1976, insurance executive Paul Yamanaka went to Yoshiaki Fujitani, Bishop of the Mission, with the idea to create a program called "Living Treasures of Hawai'i" modeled after the Living National Treasures program of Japan.[5] The purpose of the award is to recognize and honor persons who have demonstrated excellence and high standards of achievement in their particular fields of endeavor and have made significant contributions to humanity toward a more fraternal society.[6] Any person can nominate an individual for the award. This program has honored more than 100 community members to date.


Headquarters of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii are located in Honolulu. The following is a list of the organization's affiliated temples.


  • Aiea Hongwanji Mission, Aiea
  • Ewa Hongwanji Mission, Ewa
  • Jikeon Hongwanji Mission, Honolulu
  • Kailua Hongwanji Mission, Kailua
  • Mililani Hongwanji Mission, Mililani
  • Moiliili Hongwanji Mission, Honolulu
  • Pearl City Hongwanji Mission, Pearl City
  • Wahiawa Hongwanji Mission, Wahiawa
  • Waialua Hongwanji Mission, Waialua
  • Waianae Hongwanji Mission, Waianae
  • Waipahu Hongwanji Mission, Waipahu

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  1. ^ "Who we are". Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaiʻi web site. 2005. Retrieved 2010-04-20.
  2. ^ "History of the Hongwanji: Beyond National Boundaries". Main Jodo Shinshu Buddhist organization in Japan. 2002.
  3. ^ "A legacy of hope: A retiring bishop hopes a Buddhist high school can rejuvenate an aging sect". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. February 3, 2007. Retrieved 2010-04-20.
  4. ^ "Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin". official web site. 2005. Retrieved 2010-04-20.
  5. ^ "Honpa Hongwanji Mission to honor Living Treasures of Hawaii". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. February 1, 2003. Retrieved 2010-04-20.
  6. ^ Scott Stone (2000), Living Treasures of Hawaii 25th Anniversary of the Selections of Outstanding Persons as Honored by the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii, Honolulu: Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii, ISBN 0-89610-316-1

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