Hamakua Jodo Mission

 Honokaa Point
 Hamakua, Hawaii 96727
 Phone: 808-775-0965 

 Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 7, Honokaa, HI 96727-0007

Rev. Gakuo Okabe arrived on the Island of Hawaii in 1894 and after a brief period chose Paauhau to build the first Japanese Buddhist Temple in Hawaii.  A dedication ceremony was held in 1897 after the completion of the main building.  The present Temple was built in 1918. The architecture is that of temples in Japan and although the Temple has undergone renovations over the years, it still maintains its original appearance.  

Website:  Hamakua Jodo Mission – The First Sanctioned Buddhist Temple Built In Hawaii