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Betsuin Choir throws a Mahalo and Aloha Party for Rev. Satoshi Tomioka

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group photo of choir with Rev. Tomioka in center

Article and photos by Ruth Tokumi On January 26, 2017, Hawaii Betsuin Choir members shared an enjoyable musical evening with Rev. Satoshi Tomioka following choir practice. Tomioka Sensei played his ukulele and led choir members in singing “Shojoji” and “Yuyake Koyake” and one of his favorite gathas, “A Special Place.” Following the presentation of gifts […]

Choralfest 2016 videos now available on YouTube

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[This post originally appeared on the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii website.] Choralfest 2016, the sixth Choralfest of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii, was held at Hawaii Betsuin on September 24-25, 2016. On Sunday, a special music service open to all featured the combined voices of many Hongwanji singers singing “I Dream a World,” […]

Betsuin Choir honors co-director Megan Pascual before her move to Big Island

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group shot of the choir at the Aloha party for Megan Pascual

After serving with Mari Murakami as co-director of the Hawaii Betsuin Choir for the past two years, Megan Pascual is moving on to the Big Island. Megan will be student teaching in general and special education on the way to graduating from the University of Hawaii in May 2016. She intends to pursue her teaching […]

Choir sings, veterans honored at 2014 Memorial Day service

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sangha veterans in gassho facing the sangha

Hawaii Betsuin held its Memorial Day service on May 25, 2014. The Betsuin Choir, led by co-directors Megan Pascual and Mari Murakami and accompanied by organist Francis Okano, sang Go For Broke and the Military Intelligence Theme Song. Veterans in our sangha were honored (see header photo) and Rimban Tatsuo Muneto gave a dharma talk […]

Choralfest 2014: Registration for singers open through April 1

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Choralfest 2014

Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii’s Choralfest 2014 will be held at the Hawaii Betsuin on September 27-28. The guest conductor will be Nola Nahulu, a recent Living Treasure Award recipient. If you’ve enjoyed the music of Choralfest, participating as a singer in the “Massed Choir” will be an unforgettably uplifting experience! The massed choir is […]

Betsuin participates in 2013 Nuʻuanu Valley Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

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This year’s Nu‘uanu Valley Interfaith Thanksgiving Service was held Tuesday, November 26 at United Church of Christ on Judd Street. Hawaii Betsuin was among the participating churches and temples, which also included Baha’i Faith Hawaii, First Unitarian Church of Honolulu, Harris United Methodist Church, United Church of Christ, Nu‘uanu Congregational Church, Soka Gakkai International – […]

Choir sings at Rotary Global Peace Forum Hawaii

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On January 26, 2013, the Betsuin choir sang at the Rotary Global Peace Forum Hawaii as part of a presentation of the Hawaii Peace Award to Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. Here is a clip from the event as shown on ‘Ōlelo Community Media.