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Queen Liliuokalani Tribute Service: video now available

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A video of the complete Queen Liliuokalani Tribute Service at Hawaii Betsuin on October 29, 2017 is now available. The service was one of a number of events around the state in connection with the 100th anniversary of the queen’s passing and was an opportunity to express gratitude for the queen and her encouragement to […]

Hongwanji in Hawaii pays tribute to Queen Liliʻuokalani

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(A version of this item originally appeared on the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii website.) Update 11/24/2017: A video of the service is now available. The Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii celebrated a Queen Liliʻuokalani Tribute Service on Sunday, October 29 at Hawaii Betsuin, the Hongwanji temple on Pali Highway. The service was an opportunity […]

Queen Lili’uokalani 100th Anniversary Tribute is Sunday, October 29, 2017

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Queen Lili’uokalani 100th Anniversary Tribute Sunday, October 29, 2017, 9:30AM Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin Buddhist Temple 1727 Pali Highway Public Is Invited (Additional parking available at Kawananakoa School and Hongwanji Mission School) On the 100th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Lili’uokalani’s passing this year, the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii will pay tribute to the […]

Betsuin offers Bon Mairi and Hatsubon memorial services the weekends of July 15 and 22

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cropped view of the main altar

During this Bon season, Hawaii Betsuin is again offering two weekends of combined (multi-family) Bon Mairi and Hatsubon services. These memorial services give people a special moment to reflect, remember, and feel gratitude for family members who came before us. Gathering together provides a chance to be surrounded by the love and support of others […]

Betsuin to Observe Shinran’s Birthday with Services on on May 20 and 21

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Shinran Shonin statue with purple banner

We will observe Gotan-e at the Hawaii Betsuin with the Gotan-e Otaiya on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 7:00 pm and on Sunday, May 21st with a combined service at 9:30 am. The guest speaker will be Rev. Kevin Kuniyuki, director of the Buddhist Study Center (see bio below). Please join us in commemorating the […]

Join us April 30 for Eshinni-Kakushinni Service and MusicFest

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images of Eshinni and Kakushinni

This article by Fujiko Motobu appeared in the April 2017 Goji newsletter. It has been modified slightly for web use. Hawaii Betsuin BWA will sponsor the annual Eshinni-Kakushinni Day service on April 30 at 9:30 a.m. with the Dharma School students and families, under the supervision of Laura Nakasone. Dharma School will take the lead […]

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 […]

Rev. Chikai Yosemori, 1932-2016

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bodhi tree leaf detail

Rev. Chikai Yosemori, the retired 14th Bishop of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii, died on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. He was 84 years old. For all of his 42 years as a minister and his work after retirement, the foundation of Rev. Yosemori’s philosophical beliefs centered around the values of knowledge, respect, and gratitude. […]