The Hakalau Jodo Mission exists to:
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For more than a hundred years this special place has served our families, friends and neighbors as a year-round gathering place for inspiration, celebration and community events where everyone is welcome.
As always, the aging Temple buildings and grounds require continuous maintenance and repairs with fewer and fewer active members, volunteers and donors to share the burden of support.
Today, we are asking for your kokua in joining the Friends of Hakalau Jodo Mission with a pledge of annual support. All gifts are tax deductible and all "Friends" will enjoy receiving the Mission Newsletter by email with regular announcements of special events, memorial services, improvement projects and the articles from Reverend Miyazaki.
Thank you for your support.
Kyodan (Board of Directors) President
Hakalau Jodo Mission
Hakalau Jodo Mission is now listed on the Hawaii State Register of Historic Places!
On October 5, 2018, the State Historic Places Review Board voted unanimously to add the Hakalau Jodo Mission to the State Register of Historic Places.
It’s an honor that the Hakalau Jodo Mission’s contribution to the history of this State is being recognized. The Hakalau Jodo Mission is significant in two major ways:
Architecturally, the Hakalau Jodo Mission is a good example of an East-West style Buddhist temple built in Hawaiʻi during the 1930s.
Preparing the application provided the opportunity to really dig into the history of the Mission. Many helped in this process, translating documents, sharing photos and stories, taking photos, inspecting and measuring the buildings, and answering many, many questions. Mahalo to: Rev. Miyazaki, Rev. Tamura (1979-1996), Yumiko Bamba, Clyde Chinen, Kay and Antoku Kobashigawa, Roy Mamiya (son of Rev. Mamiya), Calvin Motoda, Jan Nakamura, Waichi Ouye’s family, Emi Uemura, Robert and Norma Yara, Jaimie Yugawa (grandson of Takeshi and Hanako Yugawa), Jake Bierman (home/building inspector), Julie Goettsch, Don Hibbard, Ph.D. (architectural historian), Merrick Patten (architect), and Ross Stephenson, Ph.D. (historian).
Th individuals and families that created the mission in 1904 and their descendants contributed greatly to the history of Hawai`i, demonstrated through their adherence to Japanese values and the Eight-fold Path of Jōdo-shū.
With the members and friends of the Hakalau Jodo Mission today, we see these values continue, particularly on, obligation to family and community. We also see the impact of following the Eight-Fold Path: learn and understand truth, do what is right, be truthful and kind in speech, behave, earn a living in a way that will not harm anyone, strive to become better, cherish your thoughts, and right meditation. In 1936 when the current buildings were dedicated, over half of the population in the area was of Japanese ancestry. With the end of the sugar era came a major shift in the population so that today now the population is primarily Caucasian with most of these individuals having moved here from outside Hawaii. The historic designation of the Hakalau Jodo Mission provides an opportunity to share our history, culture, values and Buddhist teachings that make this place so special.
Our Commitments to the Community
Photos courtesy of Yumiko Bamba and Julie Goettsch
Held weekly, these luncheons feature great food, music, exercise, companionship, and lots of laughter. This is a Project Dana* Program supported by the Wailea Village Historic Preservation Community. Miyo Harumi of Miyo's Restaurant prepares the food for the Senior Luncheons at Hakalau Jodo Mission. (*Dana means selfless giving.)
Each August, the Jodo Mission comes alive with the celebration of Obon, a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the spirits of one's ancestor. This festival is complete with music, dancing, laughter and lots of food! Usually, dancing takes place on the lawn in front of the Temple.
- Timeline >
Camps in 1950s
- Hakalau School >
- John M. Ross School
- Hakalau Jodo Mission >
- Honohina Hongwanji
- Hangouts and Memories >
- The Ross Families of Hakalau
- The Work: Cultivating, Harvesting, Milling and Transportation >
- The Voice of Hakalau (Newspaper)
- The Railroad >
- Tsunami of April 1, 1946
Hakalau Jodo Mission
The Hakalau Jodo Mission, of Japanese Buddhism's Jōdo-shū sect, follows the Pure Land Teachings of Honen.
For more than one hundred ten years this special place has served our families, friends and neighbors as a year-round gathering place for inspiration, celebration and community events where everyone is welcome.