Join Us for Dharma, Fellowship & Fun
Experience Buddhist Teachings through Activities

By participating in Hawaii Betsuin Dharma School, families enjoy many benefits, including:

  • learning about Buddhist values and teachings
  • getting to know others through activities and events—working together at church and community functions
  • sharing good times at the Betsuin
  • visiting other temples
  • exploring fun spots around the island while sharing and experiencing the Dharma.

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Upcoming Youth Events from the Betsuin Calendar


Dharma School Service and Classes

Rev. Hasebe in robes reading from the red service book with children and adults in an outdoor setting

Sunday mornings from the end of August to the end of May, 9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin Annex Temple & various classrooms
Service begins at 9:00 am in the Annex Temple.

After service, children (preschool through high school) attend Dharma School classes. Preschool parents are welcome to join their children in class.

A Fellowship Group is held for other parents to learn about Buddhist values /teachings (Dharma) and to enjoy getting to know one another.

Additional Opportunities

Participation in Regular Dharma School Services and Special Services

Dharma School students and families help by ringing the kansho (temple bell), offering flowers and candlelight, performing usher and emcee duties, reading the aspiration, singing gathas (church songs) during services and special programs.

Betsuin Dharma School Activities

young boy pounds rice with a big mallet with adult helping and other students looking on


The Dharma School Parent Teacher Organization, together with the Dharma School teachers, plans various activities throughout the year at the temple and in the community.

Activities include Botanical Garden Fun Day, hikes, Shabu Shabu/ Game Night, mochitsuki (pounding rice to make mochi), trolleys to Honolulu City Lights, birthday parties and Graduates’ Luncheon.

Families help at temple activities such the Taste of Hongwanji Bazaar, Bon Dance shave ice booth and Family Promise (assisting homeless families transition to independence).

Joint Dharma School Activities with Honolulu District

Annual activities include Registration Fun Day, Pumpkin Patch outing, Educational Activity and Keiki Day. When able, visits to other temples are included in these joint activities. This provides an opportunity to see other temples and interact with other Buddhist keiki and families across the islands.

Other Affiliated Groups

Dharma School students are encouraged to participate in other affiliated groups and activities, which include Jr. Young Buddhist Association (middle & high school students), YESS Camp (Young Enthusiastic Shinshu Seekers) & Jr. YESS Camp, Japanese taiko drumming, ukulele sessions, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.

collage - taiko, Junior YBA, Boy Scouts