The temple is host to Boy Scout Troop 49 of the Aloha Council, Kapiolani District. Eric Ebesu is the Scoutmaster. Troop meetings are every Friday night, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
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Dharma Light Project

Adult education classes and programs on general and Shin Buddhism for those new to Buddhist concepts and those who wish to renew their studies of Buddha’s teachings. A stepwise approach illuminates a path to understanding of ancient teachings and practical uses in today’s society. Find a teacher and a friendly learning community to shine the light of Buddha’s teachings on your life.

The Betsuin hosts Dharma School classes following the 9 a.m. Dharma School Sunday service, which is offered from the end of August through early May. Our Dharma School coordinates with Dharma Schools at the Moiliili and Jikoen temples for registration and governance. Dharma School has its own website at

Hawaii Betsuin BWA (Buddhist Women’s Association)

Hawaii Betsuin BWA supports temple activities and events and provides opportunities for Buddhist women to grow spiritually and share Dharma friendship. BWA programs include Buddhist educational workshops, community service opportunities, group excursions, student exchange with Japan BWA, and special services such as Eshinni/Kakushinni Day. Hawaii Betsuin BWA is a unit of the Honolulu United District of the statewide Hawaii Federation of Buddhist Women’s Associations. For more information, visit our web page or Facebook page.
video – Nembutsu from Heart to Heart

Hawaii Betsuin Choir

Choir members enjoy sharing the Dharma through music; they sing at the Betsuin’s major services, such as Ohigan and Obon, and at special observances, such as Mother’s Day and Dana Awareness Day. The choir also participates in Hawaii Buddhist Council and Nuuanu Interfaith services and in other invitational events which value the choir’s musical offerings. Choir members practice Thursday evenings from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Find us on Facebook »
choir photos & video | choir news & announcements

Honpa Hongwanji Girl Scouts

A Girl Scout organization with troops from the Daisies (K-1st grade) all the way through the Senior/Ambassadors (9th-12th graders). We are most fortunate to be able to offer this type of organization to our scouts. We have about 75 scouts (in total from Kindergarten to 12th graders) and many, many wonderful parent volunteers! Annual registration is in mid September (see calendar for details). Contact is Jackie Furuta, 808-347-0812.

gold Jodo Shinshu wisteria logo

Hawaii Kyodan acts as the principal entity representing the Jodo Shinshu denomination in Hawaii and comprises 37 temples spread throughout the state on the islands of Hawaii, Maui, Lanai, Oahu, and Kauai. Headquarters are located at the Hawaii Betsuin temple campus just mauka of downtown Honolulu off the Pali Highway. Hawaii Kyodan is an ecclesiastical and educational corporation incorporated in Hawaii on October 4, 1907.

purple wheel with "Hongwanji Mission School: Where Values Merge with Innovation"

Hongwanji Mission School (HMS), established in 1949, is conveniently located in lush Nuuanu Valley, three minutes from downtown Honolulu. We have a student body of 370 students from preschool through eighth grade, and our curriculum is accredited by Hawaii Association of Independent Schools and Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

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We develop our children academically, physically, socially, and spiritually through programs guided by Buddhist values. Our goal is to cultivate enthusiastic, responsible learners. Teaching is organized and carried out in small, safe classrooms with student-to-teacher ratio of less than 18:1 to provide individualized instruction for our students. Graduates have a track record of excelling in any high school they chose to attend.

Our facilities are unique for an elementary and middle school with a technology center, gymnasium, swimming pool, library, and cafeteria. In addition to the core subjects of language arts, math, social, studies, and science, HMS offers art, music, drama, library studies, physical education and swimming, technology literacy, Japanese language, and choice electives in middle school! We also offer a variety of after school programs ranging from our Fort Gakuen Japanese Language School to aikido, judo, ceramics, robotics, swimming, and more. All students in grades five through eight can participate in interscholastic athletics.

PBA logo with blue wheel of dharma inside concentric gold and yellow circles

PBA is an accredited, college-preparatory high school for students of all faiths whose mission includes enriching students’ lives with Buddhist values and developing their courage to nurture peace. The school is located on the temple campus. Established by Hawaii Kyodan in 2003, PBA is independently administered by its own board of directors.

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Project Dana

Branch of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii’s national, award-winning interfaith volunteer caregivers program designed to provide support service for the frail and vulnerable elderly and disabled persons. Support comes from a corps of trained volunteers guided by the principle of “Dana,” which combines selfless giving and compassion without desire for recognition or reward. Volunteer training and development provided at the temple.
photos – 2013 Dana Awareness Day | Project Dana photo gallery

copper wisteria design mounted on temple

Sudhana Fellowship

An integrated group of mature volunteers who undertake annual temple projects, such as the New Year’s Eve service and gathering, Father’s Day breakfast, and other special projects.