In the Hakalau Kuleana, at one time or another, there were at least 7 churches: 4 Buddhist, 2 Christian Protestant, 1 Catholic. While we have extensive information about the Hakalau Jodo Mission and some regarding the Honohina Hongwanji, little is known about the others. Please contact us if you have information and pictures to share!
Hakalau Upper Camp
Hakalau Jodo Mission
There has been a Hakalau Jodo Mission in the same location in Hakalau Upper Camp since 1905. The current Temple and parsonage were built in 1936.
December 6, 1936. Opening Ceremony of the new Jodo Mission building and placing of the buddah. Also celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Jodo Mission and a memorial service for the Jodo Shu founder, and second and third ministers. Note that the new building is in the same location as the previous one. Source: copy of photo currently hanging in the Hakalau Jodo Mission.
Hakalau Lower Camp
On the Hilo side of Hakalau Lower Camp, there was a small Hongwanji, shown in the map below. The Hakalau Christian Chapel is not within the boundaries of the map, but its direction is noted. If you have information about either of these churches, please contact us!
Hakalau Lower Camp Christian Church
Hakalau Lower Camp Buddhist Hongwanji
This small temple was a satellite of the larger Hongwanji in Honomu. Once a month the minister from Honomu would come to Hakalau give a sermon. After the sermon he showed a movie. If you have more information and pictures of the Hakalau Hongwanji, please contact us.
Non-Plantation Lands: Hakalau and Wailea
Most of the maps and pictures currently shown related to Yesterday come from plantation archives. Within the Hakalau Kuleana, there were also private properties such as homesteads, homes and businesses. Very little information has been compiled about the churches on properties not owned by the plantation. Please contact us if you have information and pictures to share.
Honohina Upper Camp
Some historical information about the Honohina Hongwanji is available. If you have additional information and pictures, please contact us!