Guest Speaker: “Journey of Heroes” Author


Stacey T. Hayashi, author of “Journey of Heroes”, story of the 100th Infantry Battalion and 442nd Regimental Combat Team, will come to Jodo Mission of Hawaii on Sunday, October 2, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. to speak about the upcoming movie on this interesting book made in comic book style.

Stacey is also working with Akemi Bischoff, casting director, of this movie. They are looking for Japanese guys between the ages of 18 to maybe mid-30’s to act as young “Daniel Inouye” type going to war as the 100th Infantry Battalion and 442nd Regimental Combat Tem. If you know someone who fits this group, please contact Akemi Bischoff at

Please join us on Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. to hear Stacey speak about this interesting movie, which is part of Hawaii’s history!

September 2016 Sunday Services

September 4 at 10:00 AM

Sunday Obetsuji Service (Sermon by Rev. Narashiba in English)

September 11 at 10:00 AM

Sunday Keiro Kai Service (Sermon by Rev. Nakano in Japanese & English). All those 80 years old and older will be honored. Please bring your relatives 80 years and older.

September 16 to 18

24th Laypersons’ Association and 25th Hawaii Rengo Fujinkai Convention to be held on Maui

September 18 at 10:00 AM

Sunday Service (Sermon by Rev. Nakano in Japanese & English)

September 25 at 10:00 AM

Sunday Autumn Higan Service (Chutoba prayers will be offered if requested). Fujinkai ladies will be making ohagi (mochi with azuki beans outside)

July 2016 Sunday Services

July 3

  • 8:00 AM O-Toba Set Up and General Temple Cleaning Day: YOUR HELP IS NEEDED. Please come to help set up your O-Toba and/or help with temple cleaning. NO Sunday Service on July 3.

July 10

  • 10:00 AM Sunday English Service (Sermon by Rev. Nakamura in English)

July 15 (Fri)

  • 10:00 AM O-Bon Service for only Hatsubon people
  • 2:00 PM O-Bon Service (registration begins 1 hour before service)
  • 7:00 PM O-Bon Service (registration begins 1 hour before service)

July 16 (Sat)

  • 10:00 AM O-Bon Service for only Hatsubon people
  • 2:00 PM O-Bon Service (registration begins 1 hour before service)
  • 7:00 PM O-Bon Service (registration begins 1 hour before service)

July 17 (Sun)

  • 10:00 AM Last O-Bon Service: After service and the ministers go through each row of O-Tobas, we will begin clean up. PLEASE COME TO HELP WITH CLEAN UP.

July 24

  • 8:00 AM O-Toba Kuzushi (O-Toba take down) YOUR HELP IS NEEDED TO help take the O-Tobas down for storage for next year. NO Sunday Service on July 24.

July 31

  • 10:00 AM Sunday Service (Sermon by Reverend in English)

Fujinkai Food Fair

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Have you ever eaten a tonkatsu sandwich? It is almost like eating tonkatsu with rice, except it is between two slices of bread. Chinatsu Maeda (wife of Tatsuji Maeda of Japan Memorial) will be here to help make tonkatsu sandwich for the Fujinkai-sponsored Food Fair on Sunday March 13, 2016.

Food Fair will begin at 10:30 am (after 10 am service) and will end at 12:30 pm. The slices of pork in the tonkatsu bento is pretty large and quite filling! It is fried, patted down to get out the excess oil and a special tonkatsu sauce is poured on the tonkatsu. Very delicious!

We probably will have other food items for sale. This is just a sampling of what we would like to sell.

Please place your preorders by Sunday, March 6:

  • Tonkatsu Sandwich Bento – $5.00
  • Maki Sushi – $4.00
  • Spam Musubi – $1.50
  • Sushi Vinegar – $4.00/bottle

To preorder, please print the order form linked below to complete and mail. Checks should be made payable to “Honolulu Jodo Shu Fujinkai.” Or, just come down on March 13!

Food Fair Flyer with Pre-Order form

For more information, call (808) 949-3995.

Buddhism is Not for Everyone

hawaiibuddhistcouncilHawaii Buddhist Council prevents a Dharma Study on American Buddhism: “Buddhism is Not for Everyone: How Buddhism Adapts to and Interacts with Different Cultural Values to Form Different Religious Traditions.”

Featuring guest Speaker Professor Jay Sakashita. An alumnus of the University of Hawaii, Jay received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Stirling in Scotland, where his research focused on contemporary Japanese religions. His work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, journals, and books. Jay is an associate professor of religion at Leeward Community College and a lecturer in the religion department at UH Manoa. He teaches several courses in religion, including those related to Christianity and Japanese religions. Jay says he has no hobbies, no time to read books, and absolutely no social life. He says this is his children’s fault.

Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 3:00 PM at Soto Mission of Hawaii (1708 Nuuanu Avenue Honolulu HI 96817).

ADMISSION: $10/person

Funeral for Former Bishop Dwight Ryokan Nakamura

Screen Shot 2015-04-13 at 11.31.19 AMIt is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a devoted, compassionate minister and former Bishop of the Hawaii Council of Jodo Missions Dwight Ryokan Nakamura.

Bishop Nakamura passed away quietly on March 23, 2015 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina at the age of 88. He was born in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. He is survived by two daughters: Chandra Kanemaru and Dana Nakamura.

The Bishop’s funeral will be held on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Jodo Mission of Hawaii as a “Kyokuso” (Kyoku-sponsored funeral). This is the highest honor given to a minister in Hawaii.

He came to Hawaii in 1954 and in 1962 assisted Kyoku with the publication of an English service book, “Light of Asia” and in 1978 was the editorial chairman regarding the published “Otsutome” a service book containing Japanese and English translations. He became Bishop of the Hawaii Council of Jodo Missions in 1983 to 1991 and again in 2004 to 2007. Prior to becoming Bishop, he was also resident minister at Kurtistown and Hilo Meishoin.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes to his family and to the Jodo Shu community as we mourn the loss of a minister who devoted himself to spreading Jodo Buddhism in Hawaii. Everyone has different stories to remember this wonderful minister for his warmth and compassion for people. He was always smiling, and saying good morning and thank you for coming or thank you for your participation. He loved food and he loved his sweets. He is now in Amida Buddha’s Pure Land. It was he who said when you get up in the morning say Namu Amida Butsu and be thankful for this wonderful day! And at the end of the day, say Namu Amida Butsu and thank Amida Buddha for this wonderful day!

Namu Amida Butsu!

Commemorative Symposium on March 15

Commemorative Symposium: Honen Buddhism, East to West, Celebrating the 120th Year Since the Arrival of the First Jodo Shu Ministers to Hawaii. March 14-15, 2015 at Jodo Mission of Hawaii (1429 Makiki Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814).

Jodo Shu, established in 1175 by Honen Shonin, is the first independent school of Pure Land Buddhism in Japan. It follows the development of original Buddhism as taught by Shakyamuni Buddha. Over 800 years since the beginning of Jodo Shu, Honen’s teachings still continue to develop and to constitute a part of daily life. The nenbutsu is the simple recitation of “Namu Amida Butsu” (“Homage to Amida Buddha”) and the center of Jodo Shu practice and devotion. It can be done at any time or any place. It is the ideal way for us to embody the great compassion of Amida Buddha in our daily lives.

Dormitory Reunion

Many, many years ago, Jodo Mission of Hawaii was home to a lot of college students who lived here while attending college or trade school. We had a cafeteria run by Vicky Koike and she fed all the students as well as the single ministers for almost 40 years. The dormitory was called “Miyamoto Hall” (named after Bishop Miyamoto), which is currently an apartment building in the back of the temple. We understand the top two floors were for women from the outer islands and the men stayed downstairs below the temple. The first floor was a cafeteria where students and single ministers gathered to have their meals.

At Jodo Mission’s New Year’s party on January 25, 2015, we would like to invite all former dormitory residents.

If anyone knows of any dormitory residents who would like to join us for this New Year’s party, please have them send a note to Jodo Mission that they are interested in attending this reunion or call the Jodo Mission of Hawaii office 949-3995 and leave their contact information (name, telephone #, email address). We would be happy to have their contact information. They can tell us their stories of their dormitory experiences at Jodo Mission during our New Year’s party.

At this time, we have not found too much information but we are researching this part of the temple history. One person indicated that in 1941 he stayed at the dormitory but when World War II began, he had to leave and look for work while the military took over the temple and its property. There are not too many people around from these early days but we would appreciate learning what it was like. Wouldn’t you be too?

When the war ended and the military left, those who were interned came to the temple for help. Some stayed for a while as they did not have much luggage or belongings until they could start again. This probably happened at many temples in Hawaii as the temple was the gathering place for their activities.

We are also interested in photos of the dormitory years. Photos of this period are not easily found. If anyone knows of someone with old photos, we would be interest-ed in copying them and hopefully there is a story behind it too.

This is such an interesting subject area. There is so much history to Jodo Mission. This temple and its membership began in Kakaako (around South Street and King Street) according to Dr. George Tanabe’s book “Japanese Buddhist Temples in Hawaii”. The property at its present location was purchased in 1929 and the temple moved to its present location in 1932. To be continued in January 2015.