On January 28, 2018, Kailua Hongwanji visited the Battleship Missouri Memorial. Organized by the KHBWA, the tour included temple members and families. We learned about the rich history of the battleship that played an important role in World War II.
After a bento lunch in the mess hall, we toured the kitchen and living quarters beneath the deck.
Kailua Hongwanji members Dennis, Lisa, Wyatt and Joy participated in the Annual Family Promise 5K Fun Run/Walk on Sat 10/28. Family Promise Hawaii is an organization that mobilized existing community resources to aid families with children experiencing homelessness to help them transition to sustainable independence. The four Hongwanji temples within the Honolulu District (Moiliili Hawaii Betsuin, Jikoen and Kailua) work with Family Promise by housing and feeding 3-4 families for one week, 2-3 times a year.
We also saw a familiar face playing trombone in the Kukui High Pep Band (yes, from Hawaii Five-O!). Cheyne whose grandmother Esther Fujioka was a long time active temple member!
Eight individuals of Kailua Hongwanji Mission participated in the Confirmation Ceremony held at the Hawaii Betsuin on September 10, 2017 officiated by His Eminence Gomonshu Kojun Ohtani (spiritual leader of the Hongwanji). During the ceremony, an individual confirms his/her entry into the Path of the Nembutsu and affirms reverence toward the Three Treasures of the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Each participant received a Dharma Buddhist Name (Homyo)
After our Earth Day Sunday Family service, members assembled the koinobori, or "carp streamer" used to celebrate Children's Day on May 5. The koi symbolize strength and determination and are flown in honor of children for a healthy and strong future.
Kailua Hongwanji is collecting non-perishable food items to donate to the Hawaii Foodbank. You may bring your items to temple from March 19 until April 16, 2017. We have boxes designated for your donations.
Here are some suggestions: Rice, Vienna sausage, spam, corned beef, beef stew, spaghetti, green beans, mixed vegetables, macaroni, soups, beans, cereals, etc.
Dinner followed by the showing of the animated movie Zootopia, complete with freshly popped popcorn.
Zootopia is not only enjoyable as an animated comedy, but also delivers messages pertinent to the current state of the world including the dangers of stereotypes and prejudices. The movie also shows us the importance of embracing change.