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

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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. […]

Betsuin holds annual membership meeting and New Year’s party

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Hawaii Betsuin held its annual membership meeting and New Year’s party on the afternoon and evening of January 30, 2016. The event included the installation of the 2016-2017 board of directors, a membership meeting and award presentation, a silent auction, dinner, and bingo. Unlike in recent years, the event was held on a Saturday instead […]

News from Kyodan: December 2015 HQ Update

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Shinran Shonin statue and palms

The December 2015 Headquarters Update is now available. Content highlights: The Accession Ceremony (Dento Hokoku Hoyo) Minister News: Rev. William Masuda assignment to Makawao Hongwanji Mission Rev. Tatsuo Muneto recognition at the Giseikai Aloha Luncheon and the Living Treasures Recognition Program to be held February 13, 2016 Rev. Blayne Higa to continue his education and training […]

Betsuin says Aloha to Rimban Muneto; Rev. Hagio to be new Rimban

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Shinran Shonin statue and palms

Rev. Tatsuo Muneto will retire from active duty for the Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Kyodan effective December 15, 2015. During his 50 years’ service to the Hawaii Kyodan temples, Rev. Muneto was assigned to Hawaii Betsuin four times: in 1965 as a new minister, in 1970 as Director of the English Department, in 1990 as Fuku-Rimban […]

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 […]