Making Takuan for Taste of Hongwanji

Kailua Hongwanji Mission temple members gathered to prepare takuan (pickled daikon radish). The takuan will be available for purchase at the Taste of Hongwanji & Spring Bazaar on Sunday, March 25, 2018 at the Hawaii Betsuin.

Photos courtesy of Dennis Tashiro, Shirley Yanagisawa, & Roy Miyamoto

Battleship Missouri Memorial Visit

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.

Neil and Jack were our very knowledgeable guides for the tour, recounting the history of the Missouri and the end of World War II on the Surrender Deck.

We learned about the kamikaze pilot who crashed into the starboard side of the Missouri and the compassionate actions of Captain Callaghan, who ordered an honorable burial at sea for the enemy pilot whose body was found amid the wreckage.

The Kamikaze exhibit, gave us a glimpse into the lives of the kamikaze pilots.

After a bento lunch in the mess hall, we toured the kitchen and living quarters beneath the deck.

Boarding the bus back to Kailua

Bell Ringing for Queen Lili'uokalani

Kailua Hongwanji joined churches across Hawaii in honoring Queen Lili'uoklani, who passed away on November 11, 1917. On the 100th anniversary of her passing, church bells statewide tolled 100 times in commemoration at 8:30 a.m.

2017 Family Promise 5K Run/Walk


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!


Confirmation Rites

 First row (L-R): Wyatt Fujikawa, Emma Fujikawa, David Kagawa, John Kaizuka. Second row (L-R): Dennis Tashiro, Amy Eggers, Linda Jaffe, Jenn Kane & Rev. David Nakamoto 

First row (L-R): Wyatt Fujikawa, Emma Fujikawa, David Kagawa, John Kaizuka. Second row (L-R): Dennis Tashiro, Amy Eggers, Linda Jaffe, Jenn Kane & Rev. David Nakamoto 

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) 

Dinner & A Movie Night

Dinner & A Movie Night was on Sunday, May 28 at the temple. We enjoyed a dinner of Zippy's chili, fried chicken, hot dogs, pizza, and a variety of desserts.

After dinner, we watched Moana and munched on freshly popped popcorn.

Children's Day Koinobori

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.

Making Takuan

Kailua Hongwanji members harvested the daikon on Tuesday and made the takuan at the Temple. Photos: Dennis Tashiro & Shirley Yanagisawa

Dinner & A Movie Night

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.

No matter what kind of person you are, I implore you: Try. Try to make the world a better place. Look inside yourself and recognize that change starts with you.
— Officer Judy Hopps, Zootopia