Hawaii Council of Jodo Missions

Jodo Buddhism in Hawaii since 1894

The 850th Anniversary Celebration of the Founding of Jodo Buddhism & 
130th Anniversary Celebration of Jodo Buddhism in Hawaii will be observed at Jodo Mission of Hawaii on Sunday, October 20th.
Affirmation Ceremony at 10:00am.
Commemoration Service at 11:00 am.
Please mark this day on your calendar.

Hawaii Council of Jodo Missions

2024 O-Bon Season Schedule

Oahu 

Jodo Mission of Hawaii          

O-Bon / O-Segaki Service on July 19, 2024  @10:00 am (Hatsubon) & 6:00 pm
Saturday, July 20  @10:00 am  & 6:00 pm
Sunday, July 21 @10:00 am
Bon Dance : Saturday, August 17  (From 5pm -9:30 pm)
Contact: (808)949-3995 
Web:   Jodo Newsletter | Mysite 1 Www.jodo.us | Honolulu 

Haleiwa Jodo Mission       

O-Bon Service on Friday & Saturday, July 26 & 27 @6:00pm
Toro Nagashi Ceremony on Saturday, July 27 around 9:00 pm
Bon Dance:  Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27   7:00 pm -10:00 pm
Contact: (808)637-4382

Big Island

Hilo Meishoin  

O-Bon Service on Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21
Bon Dance: Saturday, July 20   7pm
Contact: (808)935-6996

Hakalau Jodo Mission

Bon Service on Saturday, August 17
Bon Dance on Saturday, August 17   
Contact: (808)963-6110
Web:  Hakalau Jodo Mission Today (hakalauhome.com) 

Kurtistown Jodo Mission

Bon Service on Saturday, August 3
Bon Dane on Saturday, August 3     7pm
Contact: (808)936-7828

Hamakua Jodo Mission

Bon Service on Saturday, August 10
Bon Dance on Saturday, August 10   7pm
Contact: (808)775-0965
Web:  Hamakua Jodo Mission – The First Sanctioned Buddhist Temple Built In Hawaii  

Kohala Jodo Mission

Bon Service on Saturday, July 13
No Bon Dance
Fune Nagashi on Sunday, August 4 ???
Contact: (808)443-3531

Hawi Jodo Mission

Bon Service on Saturday, August 3
Bon Dance on Saturday, August 3      6pm
Fune Nagashi on Sunday, August 4   
Contact: (808)987-8495 

Maui

Wailuku Jodo Mission

Bon Service on Friday, June 14   6pm
Bon Dance on Friday, June 14     7pm
Contact: (808)244-0066

Kahului Jodo Mission

Bon Service on Saturday, June 29     6:30 pm
Bon Dance on June 29                          7:30 pm
Contact: (808)871-4911

Lahaina Jodo Mission

Bon Service on Saturday, July 6    (Private)
Community Bon Dance on Saturday, August 10 @Lahaina Canary
Contact: (808)661-4304
Web:  lahainajodomission.org 

Kauai

Kapaa Jodo Mission

Bon Service on Sunday, July 14
Contact: (808)822-4319

Koloa Jodo Mission

Bon Service on Sunday, June 29
No Bon Dance at Kapaa and Koloa Jodo Mission Temples
Contact: (808)7426735
Web:  Koloa Jodo Mission - Buddhist Temple on Kauai - Koloa Jodo Mission- Buddhist Temple 

News from Japan 

Introducing Miss Momoko Kudo 

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Miss Momoko Kudo who is a daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. Junyu Kudo, the former minister of Kapaa Jodo Mission is now participating in the 2024 PTNA Piano Competition online.  

This competition sponsored by the Piano Teachers’ National Association of Japan has been held annually since 1977 and currently the number of preliminary participants announced by organizers nationwide exceeds 45,000. 

 The competition holds preliminaries across the country from late May, culmination in the national finals held in late August at venues such as the Daiichi Life Hall.  In the top-tier final, participants perform a piano concerto accompanied by the New Japan Philharmonie Orchestra, and an audience award is granted based on audience voting.   Since 2018, the top-tier final has been held at Suntory Hall.  The minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award is presented for the top-tier Grand Prix.  

Miss Momoko was born in Kauai and raised in Kurayoshi City, Tottori Prefecture where Rev. Kudo served as a resident minister of Seiganji Temple.  After attending the Kyoto Music School for Children, graduated at the top of the Tokyo Music University High School Piano Performance Course with honors.  Currently pursuing a Master’s degree in the Piano Performance Course at the Tokyo Music University after completing the undergraduate course.
 

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Miss Momoko's achievements include:

  • 2nd place (highest rank) in the 28th Classical Music Competition National Tournament for High School Girls.
  • Selected for the High School Student Division at the 71st and 72nd All Japan Student Music Competition Osaka Tournament.
  • 1st place at the 17th Takarazuka Vega Student Piano Competition and recipient of the Shin-Kyogeki Opus Store Special Award.
  • 1st place in the Free Composition Course High School Student Division at the 12th Beethoven Music Competition.
  • 1st place, Grand Prix, ANA Award, and Rachmaninoff Award in the G Division at the 4th Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition JAPAN.
  • 1st place in the University Students and General Division at the 2nd Tokyo International Youth Piano Competition.
  • Scholarship recipient of the Japan Art Association Public Interest Incorporated Foundation.


The 41st Pan-Pacific Festival Parade 

on Sunday, June 9, 204.  Mahalo for your participation.

The 41st Pan-Pacific Festival Parade on Sunday, June 9, 2024!
Lahaina Strong!

The 41st Pan-Pacific Festival Parade on Sunday, June 9, 2024!
Mahalo for your participation.

The 41st Pan-Pacific Festival Parade on Sunday, June 9, 2024!
Mahalo for your support!

The 41st Pan-Pacific Festival Parade on Sunday, June 9, 2024!
Mahalo for your support!

The 41st Pan-Pacific Festival Parade on Sunday, June 9, 2024!
Mahalo for your support!


The 41st Pan-Pacific Festival Parade on Sunday, June 9, 2024!
Mahalo for your support!


The 17th Zoom Nenbutsu 

Chanting Namu-Amida-Butsu Internationally Friday, July 26 @11:00 pm (HST)

Online Only

Hosted by Germany Community Jodo Buddhist Meeting,  we will have the 17th Zoom Nenbutsu on Friday, July 26 from 23:00 to midnight.  Please join us in reciting ”Namu Amida Butsu” from anywhere in the world.
Please use the link below for your participation.   It's absolutely for free! 

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86843232215?pwd=SlltNlBXd1h1My9uMUgwQ2x3WXQrZz09#success


Meeting ID:  868 4323 2215
Passcode :   842152

 * Times around the world are as follows

Hawaii Time: July 26, 2024 @11:00pm
 Japan Time:  July 27  @ 6:00 pm
 Brazil Time: July 27, 2024 @6:00 am
France Time: July 27, 2024@11:00 am
 Australia : March 24  @7:00 am
 Nepal: July 27 @ 2:45 pm
 India: July 27  @2:30 pm
Australia: July 27@7:00 am
Texas: July 27 @4:00 am


LIVE GYOKI SERVICE OFFICIATED

Officiated by Bishop Yugen Miyabayashi 

at Zojoji Head Temple, Tokyo

Thursday, April 4, 2024 at 7pm (HST)

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Congratulations to Bishop Miyabayashi who will officiate the traditional Gyoki Service in memory of our founder Honen Shonin at Zojoji, Jodo Shu Head Temple in Tokyo.   

The 850th Anniversary Service of 

the Founding of Jodo Shu

Officiated by Bishop Shinei Nakamura

at Zojoji Head Temple

LIVE streamed on April 3, 2024 at 7pm (HST)

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Congratulations to Bishop Nakamura for officiating the 850th Anniversary Service at Zojoji Head Temple in Tokyo.   Thanks to the generosity of Zojoji Temple, we were able to participate in this most service virtually and recited Nenbutsu together.  Namu Amida Butsu.

Illustrated Biography of Honen Shonin

Scrolls were donated by Mr. Kinzo Ozaki in commemoration of the completion of Jodo Mission Temple Building at Makiki in 1932.  As one of our 850th Anniversary projects, we made this available online with English translations. 


 

Maui Wildfire Relief Fund for Sensei Lahaina Jodo 

Sympathy Message & Statement on the Wildfire on Maui

  

We are truly saddened and shocked to learn about the recent wildfire that devastated Lahaina, one of the most beautiful historic towns in Hawaii.  With much pain and sympathy, we must report that our Lahaina temple buildings were all burnt to the ground while we are relieved to know our resident minister, Reverend Gensho Hara, and the family are safe after evacuation several times during the night.

I wish to express our sincerest condolences to those who lost their lives,  residents of Lahaina, and all those affected by the devastating wildfire on Maui.  The loss of precious lives and properties is truly heartbreaking and our prayers are with the community as they rebuild and heal from this tragedy.  Please know that we are not alone.  Our ancestors must have experienced this devastation many times in the past and every time they got to be strong and rebuild what they lost.  

According to the Buddhist teachings, life is marked by change with the impermanence of all things, and it is our understanding that true solace can be found in supporting one another during these challenging moments.   May we all find strength in the interconnectedness of all beings as we move forward on the path of healing and recovery.  

We have now two Go Fund Me fundraisers for both rebuilding Lahaina Jodo Mission and supporting Rev. Gensho Hara.  Your kind support will be greatly appreciated.

Namu Amida Butsu. 

Gassho,
Bishop Kosen Ishikawa 

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Dharma Light Relay Service 

In commemoration of the 850th Anniversary of the Founding of Jodo Shu 

 As you may know, Jodo Shu will celebrate the 850th Anniversary of its founding in 2024. As part of this commemoration, we invite you to participate in the Dharma Light Relay Ceremony of Nenbutsu at Jodo Mission of Hawaii on Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 11:00 am at Jodo Mission of Hawaii. 

This Dharma Light Relay starts at Seiryuji Temple where Honen Shonin encountered the verse, “All will be saved by calling Amida Buddha’s sacred name, Namu Amida Butsu” in the commentary on the Visualization Sutra by the Chinese Pure Land Master Shandao. Honen Shonin realized that Nenbutsu was the ultimate way for universal salvation. Then he descended to the city and stayed at Yoshimizu (currently Chionin temple) where he dedicated himself to the spread of Nenbutsu teachings. Thus Nenbutsu spread gradually and was transmitted from person to person from generation to generation. We call this transmission of Nenbutsu as transmission of “Dharma Light.” 

In recognition of Honen Shonin’s footstep of the initial transmission of “Dharma Light” from Seiryuji Temple, young ministers will carry Light with a candle on foot from Seiryuji temple to Chionin where various representatives will get together to receive and pass this light to many more temples and members. Bishop Ishikawa is attending this service in order to pass out this Dharma Light to Jodo Mission temples in Hawaii. Ministers from neighbor islands will gather for this ceremony at Jodo Mission to receive and pass out the light to its members. All are invited and we will present candle light with Dharma light of Nenbutsu to each participant. Light refreshments will be served after the service. Also special Koto Concert will be held after the refreshments at 1:00 pm. 

In relation to this Dharma Relay, we’d like to encourage as many people as possible to establish a Karmic Connection with Amida Buddha by participating in the Reiwa-Edition Registry of Nenbutsu Devotees. 

On the one-year memorial service for Honen Shonin, his foremost disciple Genchi Shonin expressed his devotion to his maser by having a standing statue of Amida Buddha carved in his memory. Inside the image was discovered sheets of paper in which as many as 46,000 names of devotees were written, who were karmically connected to the statue. This registry attests that many people who wished to be born in the Pure Land of the Western Paradise, created a strong bond with Honen Shonin’s teachings and recited Nenbutsu with deep appreciation. Now almost 850 years after Honen Shonin founded the Pure Land Sect called “Jodo Shu”, let us also recite the Nenbutsu and write down Namu Amida Butsu for the Reiwa-Edition Registry. Your Nenbutsu offerings will be compiled in the registry and dedicated in front of the Statue of Amida Buddha created by Genchi Shonin. Registry paper will be available at the service. We hope you will take this opportunity to make a strong karmic connection with the Nenbutsu. 


Jodo Mission of Hawaii 

LIVE Jodo Buddhist Sunday Service @10:00am

(In-person & YouTube LIVE)

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LIVE streaming Sunday Service at 10:00 am (HST)!

Please check Bishop's YouTube Channel.

Jodo Mission Major Events for 2023
January 22 (Sun.)    Gyoki / Memorial Service for Honen Shonin
January 29 (Sun.)  Sunday Service & General Membership Meeting
February 12 (Sun.)   Nirvana Day Service
March 5 (Sun.)   Fujinkai General Membership Meeting
March 19 (Sun.)  Higan Service
April 2 (Sun.)   HBC Buddha Day Service
April 15- May 15   Koinobori Celebration
May 14 (Sun. )  Mother's  Day service
May 28 ( Sun.)  Memorial Day Service
June 18 (Sun.)  Father's Day Service
July 9 (Sun.)   O-Toba Set Up and General Cleaning
July 14-16  O-Bon Services
August 13 (Sun.)  Yagura Set Up
August 19 (Sat.)  Bon Dance 
September 10 (Sun.)  Higan Service
October 15 (Sat.) Bazaar Preparation Day
October 22 (Sun.) Bazaar
November 12 (Sun.)  O-juya Service
December 3 (Sun.) HBC Bodhi Day
December 10 (Sun.) General Clean-up
December 17 (Sun.) Mochi Sale
December 31 (Sun.) New Year's Eve Service

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Hawaii Buddhist Council presents 2021 Virtual Bodhi Day Service 
with One Minute Dharma Talk Challenge by 16 ministers!

Aloha from Hawaii

Aloha!   Welcome to the Hawaii Council of Jodo Missions' website.  HCJM is the umbrella organization for the 13 Jodo Mission temples in the State of Hawai'i. 
We belong to Jodo Shu (Pure Land Buddhist Sect) which was founded by Honen Shonin (1133-1212) in Japan in 1175.   
Please visit our temples and/or website for more information about our services and events throughout the year.
The purpose of HCJM is:
a) To propagate the teachings of Jodo Buddhism and the Buddhist religion;
b) To promote generally the welfare of the people of the community throughout the State of Hawaii;
c) To serve as the liaison body for the various Jodo Missions.
Please feel free to join in our temple services, activities and events.

Big Island

Kurtistown Jodo Mission
Hilo Meishoin
Hakalau Jodo Mission
Hamakua Jodo Mission
Kohala Jodo Mission
Hawi Jodo Mission

Island of Maui

Wailuku Jodo Mission
Kahului Jodo Mission
Lahaina Jodo Mission

Island of Kaua'i

Kapaa Jodo Mission
Koloa Jodo Mission

Events & Services

Don't miss out—mark these dates in your calendar! All upcoming events, gatherings, and important dates have been listed here. Remember to bookmark this page to keep up to date with what's going on.

Our Project

We're always working on something. Most of the time, we're focused on providing better service for our members and friends.  But every so often we get the chance to experiment with new concepts and ideas.

Otsutome Book

PDF version of Otsutome Book - Daily Devotion Book is now available to download.   If you wish to purchase this hard copy, please contact [email protected] 

Hawaii Council of Jodo Missions

c/o Jodo Mission of Hawaii   Phone: (808)949-3995

United States

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