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Playlist from the 2017 Peace Day Interfaith Celebration with videos & link to photos

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Hawaii Betsuin with sagarifuji and rainbow peace graphic

The 7th Annual Peace Day Interfaith Celebration sponsored by the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii was held at Hawaii Betsuin on September 22, 2017. The program’s theme was “Living Peace” and featured many musical performances. While we did not film the actual performances, we have nevertheless compiled a playlist of various renditions of the songs […]

Photos from 2017 Peace Walk to Nagasaki Peace Bell

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Photos from the 2017 Peace Walk to the Nagasaki Peace Bell are now available in our Interfaith Events photo gallery. On August 9, 2017, the Three-Petals Peace Partnership of the Quaker Friends, Newman Center (Catholic) and Buddhist Study Center joined with Hawaii Betsuin to hold the 8th annual candlelight peace walk remembering the 72nd anniversary […]

August 9: Multi-faith Peace Walk for 72 years of atomic bombing restraint

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collage: ministers with lanterns, cranes, peace bell

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact:  Dexter Mar kekela23@gmail.com | 808-348-4399 Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin | 1727 Pali Highway, Honolulu, HI 96813 Multi-faith Peace Walk for 72 years of atomic bombing restraint On Wednesday, August 9, 2017, the Three-Petals Peace Partnership of the Quaker Friends, Newman Center (Catholic) and Buddhist Study Center will join with Hongwanji […]

“Dalai Lama Awakening” film at BSC on Saturday, February 4

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Buddhist Study Center (Google Maps image)

Hawaii Betsuin and the Buddhist Study Center are pleased to host a screening of Dalai Lama Awakening at the Buddhist Study Center near UH Manoa, Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 4 p.m. The film is feature length. Refreshments and discussion follow until 7 p.m. Narrated by actor Harrison Ford, Dalai Lama Awakening presents the profound […]

Green Hongwanji: Betsuin launches a “bring your own CUPs” program

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Green Team sign with team members, including Rev. Tomioka with Disney-esque costume

Buddhist teachings of interconnectedness help us understand that, even though we say ‘throw away,’ there really is no ‘away.’ A new waste-reduction program at Hawaii Betsuin is making it a little bit easier for members to align their actions with this understanding. Encouraged by Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii’s Green Hongwanji Initiative, the Betsuin has […]

News from Mission Headquarters: May 2016 HQ Update

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Shinran Shonin statue and palms

The May 2016 Headquarters Update from the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii is now available. Content highlights: Governor General’s Message on the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake Kumamoto Earthquake Relief Fund Governor General’s Message on the PBA Graduation The Accession Ceremony Tour (see also accession ceremony flyer, March/April 2017) BSC Summer Session 2016 “Mindfulness and Buddhism in America” […]

Hongwanji Hawaii launches Kumamoto Earthquake Relief special collection

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three images of 2016 Kumamoto earthquake damage

Earthquakes on April 14 and April 16 in the Kumamoto Prefecture of Japan killed scores of people and caused extensive damage to buildings and infrastructure. Nearly 400 Hongwanji temples suffered damage, up to and including structural collapse. Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii (HHMH) is sending an initial donation of $5,000 from the Social Welfare fund […]

News from Mission Headquarters: April 2016 HQ Update

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Shinran Shonin statue and palms

The April 2016 Headquarters Update from the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii is now available. Content highlights: Condolences The 30th Ministers’ Spouses Seminar on Big Island Social Concern Donation to the American Red Cross Hawaii Faith-Based Summit on Homelessness Appreciation to Rev. Shimabukuro Speaking Engagements by Timber Hawkeye PBA Graduation Calendar Committee