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Puna Hongwanji Bon dance

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Puna Taiko will be performing before each nights bon dance. Service starts at 6pm, Puna Taiko should be on around 7:30pm-8pm depending on how long each nights service will be.

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Puna Hongwanji Bon Dance is around the corner! This year, Rev. Tomioka made a video with a song “In this life…” and it will be played in the beginning of the service. To all who lost your dearest, to all who live with your dearest, to all who will live with your dearest, Let the word touch your heart…”In this life, I was loved by you.” In this life, you love, you are loved, and we love you. Mahalo. Come and join us our service too.

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Puna Hongwanji Hatsubon and Bon Dance.  June 30 & July 1.   Service starts at 6pm, dance to follow.

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Memorial day Service 5/27/17

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Baccalaureate service 6/4/17. Congrats to all our graduates!!! Good luck and best wishes in the future. Namu Amida Butsu!

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Buddhism class, every Sunday at 7:30am. Stop by and learn more about Buddhism before our Family service at 9am.

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BIBF (Big Island Buddhist Federation) joined Memorial day observance at Veterans cemetery No. 1

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Memorial day service at Puna Hongwanji 5/27/17

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Mothers Day brunch 2107.

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Learn to speak Japanese

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Shinnen Enkai 2007

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 Learn to Speak Japanese!
Rev. Tomioka will be teaching the basics of conversational Japanese at weekly sessions. Classes will begins April 26 and Every Wednesday starting at 5:00 p.m. Anyone who wants to learn how to speak Japanese casually at home, with friends, or while traveling in Japan will benefit from this class. Be prepared for a fun learning experience from the dynamic Rev. Tomioka. Issho ni hanashi masho! A hui hou.

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2nd Day at Sangha Hall Craft Fair. We added a combo plate (2 Main dish) for $10

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Come down to the Puna Hongwanji Mission booth at the Sangha Hall Merrie Monarch craft fair.

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Party for Reverend & Mrs. Soga

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 Rev. Tomioka officiated at the Buddha Day Hanamatsuri service Naalehu and Pahala Hongwanji.


Rev. Tomioka officiated at the Buddha Day Hanamatsuri service Naalehu and Pahala Hongwanji.

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Tomorrow, Rev. Tomioka is a speaker and his message is: "I can't help falling in love with you." Come and join us at 9am. We Puna Hongwanji Mission is here to help you feel happy and reduce your suffering guided by Amida Buddha's Compassion and Wisdom.

Tomorrow, Rev. Tomioka is a speaker and his message is: “I can’t help falling in love with you.” Come and join us at 9am. We Puna Hongwanji Mission is here to help you feel happy and reduce your suffering guided by Amida Buddha’s Compassion and Wisdom.

HANAMATSURI SERVICE
Sunday April 2, 2017
Sponsored by the Big Island Buddhist Federation

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Buddha Day in honor of Buddha’s Birthday on this coming Sunday. Come and join us. Puna Hongwanji Mission Buddhist Temple is a special place for you where you feel happy and welcomed. Please share your talents with us and you feel happy when you come to our temple. “Your happiness is my happiness. Your suffering is my suffering.” Namo Amida Butsu. All Inclusive Wisdom and All Embracing Compassion.

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Do you feel you are totally accepted as you are? If not, welcome to Shin Buddhism tradition. We Puna Hongwanji Mission Buddhist Temple is a special place where you are totally embraced as you are by Amida Buddha's Compassion and Wisdom. Don't worry, be happy. The teaching of Buddha shows us how we live our lives to the fullest. You are welcomed.

Do you feel you are totally accepted as you are? If not, welcome to Shin Buddhism tradition. We Puna Hongwanji Mission Buddhist Temple is a special place where you are totally embraced as you are by Amida Buddha’s Compassion and Wisdom. Don’t worry, be happy. The teaching of Buddha shows us how we live our lives to the fullest. You are welcomed.

Come and join us at BIBF (Big Island Buddhist Federation) hanamatsuri service in honor of Buddha’s Birthday. April 2, 9am Puna Hongwanji Mission. Rev. Satoshi Tomioka will be a speaker and his message will be “I was born to…” all are welcome. Don’t worry, be happy.

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 Spring Ohigan-e Service.  March 12, 2017

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 Come join us on Sunday March 12 for Spring Ohigan Service at 9am. Reverend Satoshi Tomioka will deliver the Dharma Messsage “Such a person is called a Pure White Lotus”.

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Bon dance practice begins at here Puna Hongwanji. 2nd and 4th Wednesday 7:15pm to 8:45. Come and join us. Just Dance and feel the passion.

Bon dance practice begins at here Puna Hongwanji. 2nd and 4th Wednesday 7:15pm to 8:45. Come and join us. Just Dance and feel the passion.

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Puna Taiko with Taishoji Taiko at Palace Theater event.

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More building our church kitchen in 1963.

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Welcoming our new Minister Satoshi Tomioka. 2/19/17

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Echizen Oroshi Soba Workshop and lunch. With Yoshio Yamaguchi and Tadashi Yasuhisa.

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Columbarium.

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Reverend Satoshi Tomioka first official service at Puna Hongwanji Mission on Feb 19, 2017

Reverend Satoshi Tomioka first official service at Puna Hongwanji Mission on Feb 19, 2017

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Thanks to you. To all our members, past and present, thank you for all that you do to keep our temple going strong.

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Family Service 2/5/17

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Reverend David Fujimoto. The 14th Minister of Puna Hongwanji Mission.

Reverend David Fujimoto. The 14th Minister of Puna Hongwanji Mission.

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Meet and greet with our new Reverend. Satoshi Tomioka, coming on Feb 16, 2017.

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Any members wanting to car pool to the festival, there’s a sign up sheet in the kitchen.

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Sunday January 22, 2017 9am.

Ho-onko Service / Shinnen Enkai.
Installation of officers, recognition of Keirosha.

Ticket price is $10.

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Cinder Sale.  Saturday January 14, 2017.  9am to 12pm.   $4/bag

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SR. YBA YEAR END PARTY

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Delivering wreath to Life Care center in 2003.

Delivering wreath to Life Care center in 2003.

Hale Anuenue visit in 2003.

Hale Anuenue visit in 2003.

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NO SERVICE ON SUNDAY DEC 25, 2016. HOPE EVERYONE HAS A MERRY CHRISTMAS DAY! BE SAFE!

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MOCHI POUNDING EVENT AT PAHOA YBA HALL.  12/24/16

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Join us at the last service of the year called “Joya-E” (literally “last night gathering”) on new year’s eve, Saturday, December 31, at 6:00 PM.

Join us at the last service of the year called “Joya-E” (literally “last night gathering”) on new year’s eve, Saturday, December 31, at 6:00 PM.

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PUNA TAIKO WINTER RECITAL   12/16/16

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Thank you to everyone who came to help our General Clean up day!

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Puna Taiko Winter recital performance.   Friday December 16, 2016.    6:30pm at Puna Hongwanji Mission.

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Sunday Dec 18, 2016    Annual clean up day 8am.   General membership meeting, following the clean up.

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Sunday December 11, 2016. Puna Hongwanji Mission welcomes Bishop Eric Matsumoto and Mr. Pieper Toyoma to our temple. Family service begins at 9am.

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Reverend Daien Soga. The 12th Minister of Puna Hongwanji Mission. 1990-2001

Reverend Daien Soga. The 12th Minister of Puna Hongwanji Mission. 1990-2001

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No Service this Sunday Dec 4, 2016 at Puna Hongwanji. BIBF (Big Island Buddhist Federation) Joint Bodhi Day Service at Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin. Service starts at 9am. Hope to see you there at Hilo Betsuin.

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Former Dharma school student Janelle Kuroda returned to visit Puna Hongwanji as a US Navy Lieutenant in JAGS.

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PUNA HONGWANJI JUDO CLUB. AUG 2014

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Sunday family service with Reverend Ikeda visiting Puna Hongwanji Mission.

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Reverend Earl Ikeda will be the guest speaker at this Sunday's (Nov. 13) service. Rev. Bryan Siebuhr will be doing the service.

Reverend Earl Ikeda will be the guest speaker at this Sunday’s (Nov. 13) service. Rev. Bryan Siebuhr will be doing the service.

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Puna Taiko, the early years.

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Dharma school students making Hanamatsuri cards for Elderly and Nursing homes. 2000

Dharma school students making Hanamatsuri cards for Elderly and Nursing homes. 2000

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Mr. Hiroo Sato. The 12th Kyodan President of Puna Hongwanji Mission.

Mr. Hiroo Sato. The 12th Kyodan President of Puna Hongwanji Mission.

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN, BE SAFE EVERYONE.

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***NO SERVICE AT PUNA HONGWANJI THIS SUNDAY OCT 30***

 

Our members will be attending the 100th Memorial Service for Queen Lili`uokalani, at Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin on Kilauea Avenue at 9am.  Everyone is invited to attend.  

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Puna, Mililani, Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin, Kauai, Makawao, Kahului, and Kamuela. Visiting Osaka Hongwanji, where 36 ministers tend to the sangha and school. This tour was organized not only to follow Rennyo's path but also to be present for Gomonshu's accession ceremonies in Kyoto.

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This tour was organized not only to follow Rennyo’s path but also to be present for Gomonshu’s accession ceremonies in Kyoto.

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Our Bodhi tree growing well.

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Shipman Memorial Service 2003

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Pictured in the group shot are: Joy Wasai, Kailua BWA president; Rev. David Nakamoto; Irene Nakamoto, Federation president; Mrs. Umeko Kamei; her son Kenneth Kamei; Prudence Kusano, Kailua BWA past president.

 

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Mrs. Umeko Kamei celebrated 103 years of age July 1. The Hawaii Island United Hongwanji Buddhist Women’s Association honored her with a resolution passed at the 62nd annual convention held in Hilo in September.

Mrs. Kamei, a member of Puna Hongwanji, is in an assisted living facility on the island of Oahu so Kailua BWA members and our state Federation BWA president Irene Nakamoto delivered lei and resolution to Mrs. Kamei in early October.
Prudence Kusano is presenting the purple ribbon lei. Mrs. Kamei also wears a ginger lei presented by Joy. In blue (in the background) is Dennis Tashiro , Kailua kyodan president.

K.T. Cannon-Eger (Puna Hongwanji member, and HIUHBWA president), was present by conference call at the long-distance celebration.

 

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Thank you to everyone who came to our Bazaar today. To all our members, friends and families. All our affiliates; Taiko, Judo and Boy Scouts. Thank you for helping make our bazaar a great success!

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HIUHBWA 62nd annual convention. Guest speaker, Rev. Irene Nakamoto, BWA Federation president and Puna member K. T. Cannon-Eger, president of HIUHBWA with Hilo member Barbara Fujimoto who made their ribbon lei.

HIUHBWA 62nd annual convention.
Guest speaker, Rev. Irene Nakamoto, BWA Federation president and Puna member K. T. Cannon-Eger, president of HIUHBWA with Hilo member Barbara Fujimoto who made their ribbon lei.

 

HIUHBWA 62nd annual convention. Front row: Jean Tamashiro, Jean Tanaka, Kiyoko Imada, Eileen Usagawa, Stella Miyashiro, Sumi, Nancy Tamada, Helen Yamada Back row; Bernice Tanioka:, Mako Sanehira, Yuki Uchida, Dora Hashimoto Not pictured: Sel Brockmiller, Sats Taira, Craig Shimoda.

HIUHBWA 62nd annual convention.
Front row: Jean Tamashiro, Jean Tanaka, Kiyoko Imada, Eileen Usagawa, Stella Miyashiro, Sumi, Nancy Tamada, Helen Yamada
Back row; Bernice Tanioka:, Mako Sanehira, Yuki Uchida, Dora Hashimoto
Not pictured: Sel Brockmiller, Sats Taira, Craig Shimoda.

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Please join us on Sunday September 18, 2016 at 9am for Ohigan Service. Reverend Daido Baba will be doing the family service.

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Cinder sale this Saturday Sept 17. 9am to 12pm. $4/bag. Anyone availalbe to help, please come by at 8am. Bring gloves if you have.

Cinder sale this Saturday Sept 17. 9am to 12pm. $4/bag.
Anyone availalbe to help, please come by at 8am. Bring gloves if you have.

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Cinder sale this Saturday Sept 17. 9am to 12pm. $4/bag. Anyone availalbe to help, please come by at 8am. Bring gloves if you have.

Cinder sale this Saturday Sept 17. 9am to 12pm. $4/bag.
Anyone availalbe to help, please come by at 8am. Bring gloves if you have.

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Puna Hongwanji Mission 75th Anniversary. Oct 16 & 17, 1976.

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OHIGAN SERVICE.  SUNDAY SEPT. 18, 2016.   9AM.  HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE.

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First load of cinders delivered for our cinders sale on Sept 17, 2016. 9am to 12pm. $4/bag

First load of cinders delivered for our cinders sale on Sept 17, 2016. 9am to 12pm. $4/bag

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For those of you who have Instagram. Please follow us at punahongwanji1937

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Pics from 2009.

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Exchange Students from Japan visiting in 2004.

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Our members bowling at KMC.

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Today's service was in remembrance of Haruko Hoashi, who passed away on August 6, 2016. She was the wife of our former Rev. Shoin Hoashi (the 10th Minister of our temple). Namu Amida Butsu.

Today’s service was in remembrance of Haruko Hoashi, who passed away on August 6, 2016. She was the wife of our former Rev. Shoin Hoashi (the 10th Minister of our temple).
Namu Amida Butsu.

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Rimban Jeffrey Soga will be doing the Pahoa Obon service at 6:30pm tomorrow (Saturday August 27, 2016) at Pahoa YBA hall.

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Mr. Thomas Kuritani.  The 10th Kyodan President of Puna Hongwanji Mission.

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1979 Baccalaureate service with Reverend Igarashi.

1979 Baccalaureate service with Reverend Igarashi.

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Pahoa Obon and dance this coming Saturday August 27, 2016.  Service starts at 6:30pm, dance to follow.

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Dharma class putting on a puppet show.

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Cherry tree growing in our yard.

Cherry tree growing in our yard.

Mr Herbert Shipman with Rev. Igarashi and Mrs. Igarashi.

Mr Herbert Shipman with Rev. Igarashi and Mrs. Igarashi.

1978 Puna Hongwanji Baseball team.

1978 Puna Hongwanji Baseball team.

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Reverend Myokan Igarashi.  The 11th Minister of Puna Hongwanji Mission.

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Pahoa Sr. YBA bon dance. Saturday August 27, 2016. 6:30pm service, bon dance to follow.

Pahoa Sr. YBA bon dance. Saturday August 27, 2016. 6:30pm service, bon dance to follow.

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Fruit carving contest in 2003

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Roof repairs and painting project. July 1982 – August 1983.

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Our lotus blossom.

Our lotus blossom.

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Kurtistown Jodo Mission 2005.

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Pahoa Obon service and Dance.  August 27, 2016.  Service starts at 6:30pm, dance to follow.

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Thanks to you. To all our members, past and present, thank you for all that you do to keep our temple going strong.

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Puna Taiko Car wash!

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Puna Taiko performing at the Asian Cultural Festival.

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Thanks to you. To all our members, past and present, thank you for all that you do to keep our temple going strong.

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Grave side visits in 2005. Upper Kurstistown, Happy Valley Homes

Grave side visits in 2005. Upper Kurstistown, Happy Valley Homes

East Hawaii Hongawanji Sunday School Teachers clinic. February 23 & 24, 1963.

East Hawaii Hongwanji Sunday School Teachers clinic. February 23 & 24, 1963.

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OKAGESAMA.  Thanks to you. To all our members, past and present, thank you for all that you do to keep our temple going strong.

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Upgrading our drainage by garage in 2007, and present day 2016 pics.   Drainage working great!

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11th World Fujinkai conference. Osaka, Japan. 1998

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Thanks to you. To all our members, past and present, thank you for all that you do to keep our temple going strong.

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Mr. Hajime (Jimmy) Uyeki The 9th Kyodan President of Puna Hongwanji Mission.

Mr. Hajime (Jimmy) Uyeki The 9th Kyodan President of Puna Hongwanji Mission.

Japan trip. 1998

Japan trip. 1998

February 2008 walkway in front of our temple.

February 2008 walkway in front of our temple.

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Mr. Herbert Shipman Memorial Service at the Shipman family cemetery. 2002

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Present day Memorial 2016.

Present day Memorial 2016.

Creating our Herbert Shipman memorial in 1976.

Creating our Herbert Shipman memorial in 1976.

 

Creating our Herbert Shipman memorial in 1976.

Creating our Herbert Shipman memorial in 1976.

1932 OLAA HONGWANJI JAPANESE SCHOOL GRADUTION. REV. GAMON TODA (4TH FROM THE RIGHT)

1932 OLAA HONGWANJI JAPANESE SCHOOL GRADUTION.
REV. GAMON TODA (4TH FROM THE RIGHT)

Members repaving our temple sidewalk in 2002.

Members repaving our temple sidewalk in 2002.

Members repaving our temple sidewalk in 2002.

Members repaving our temple sidewalk in 2002.

 

Visitors to our church from Shinkoji Temple. Saijyo Town, Higashi, Hiroshima City Japan.

Visitors to our church from Shinkoji Temple.
Saijyo Town, Higashi, Hiroshima City
Japan.

6th Annual United YBA Softball tournament. Papaaloa Park Sept. 28, 1947

6th Annual United YBA Softball tournament.
Papaaloa Park Sept. 28, 1947

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Present day, Columbarium 2016

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Mr. Ronald Kuroda. The 8th Kyodan President (1978-1988) of Puna Hongwanji Mission.

Mr. Ronald Kuroda. The 8th Kyodan President (1978-1988) of Puna Hongwanji Mission.

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Building our columbarium in November 1963

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Setting up Shinran Shonin’s statue in 2001.

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Brownea macrophyllia (also called Mountain Rose) blooming.

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Planting of our Brownea macrophyllia tree.plant

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64th Legislative Assembly. 1976

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New tile flooring were put in our kitchen.

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Reverend Hoashi and Mr. Herbert Shipman with Puna Hongwanji members in front of temple.

March 1, 1965

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2nd Annual Hawaii Shima Hongwanji Shinto Taikai.
May 5, 1963

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 PAHOA BUDDHIST CEMETERY SERVICE (7/6/16)

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Pahoa Buddhist Cemetery access road blessing and re-opening. (6-27-16)

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CHURCH OUTING. LOOKS LIKE VOLCANO. (NO YEAR AVAILABLE)

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Reverend Hoashi with Puna Hongwanji Officers.
Febuary 15, 1964.

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 Reverend Shoin Hoashi (1962-1975). Our 10th Minister of Puna Hongwanji Mission.

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52nd YBA STATE CONVENTION.
AUGUST 16-18, 1985

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Present day sign, 2016.

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Welcome sign in 1998.

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Putting up our welcome sign in 1998.

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Reverend Ikeda. Naalehu Cemetery visit in 2005.

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Scenes around our temple grounds.

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6TH HAWAII ISLAND HONPA HONGWANJI LAYMEN’S CONVENTION.

PAAUILO, HI APRIL 18, 1971

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Mr. Tetsuo Morinoue. The 7th Kyodan President (1973-1977) of Puna Hongwanji Mission.

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United Buddhist Women’s Association 8th annual conference.

April 22, 1962 Pahala, Hawaii

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Our temple stairs have a fresh new coat of paint, waiting for your arrival on Sundays 🙂

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OLA’A Y.M.B.A BASEBALL LEAGUE
FEB 2, 1936

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United YBA of Hawaii. 15th Big Island Convention.
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HIUHBWA (HAWAII ISLAND UNITED HONGWANJI BUDDHIST WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION) presentation of $400 to the Pahoa program of Boys and Girls Club accepted by by Craig Shimoda will be passed along to Mark Emsley.

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Pahoa Nikkei Jin Kai. Sustained service recognition to Fusae Janet Arakawa.

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Pahoa Nikkei Jin Kai; Installation of new officers by Rimban Soga.

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Olaa Hongwanji, before it became Puna Hongwanji.

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Pahoa Nikkei Jin Kai annual meeting.

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Our Bodhi Tree.

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Everyone enjoying themselves at our bon dance.

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Thank you to everyone who came to our obon service and bon dance this weekend. Thank you everyone who came to help set up and clean up. A BIG Thank you to all the members, families, friends, church affiliates: Puna Taiko, Puna Judo, and Boy Scouts. Another bon dance is over, hope to see all again next year!!!

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Sunday July 3, 2016. Reverend Daido Baba will be doing the Columbarium service at 10am.

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Saturday July 2, 2016. Puna Hongwanji Mission Hatsubon/Bon Service and Dance. 6pm Service, followed by Taiko Performance, and Bon Dance.
Rimban Jeffrey Soga will be the guest Minister.

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Setting up for tomorrow’s bon dance. Thank you to everyone who came to help today! Hope to see you all this weekend!

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After obon service, Puna Taiko will be performing before the bon dance starts.

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The Yagura tower is out, getting ready to be decorated tomorrow (Thursday June 30, 2016). If anyone is free to help, please stop by at 3pm for setting up tents, chairs, etc.

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Friday July 1, 2016. Puna Hongwanji Mission Hatsubon/Bon Service and Dance. 6pm Service, followed by Taiko Performance and Bon Dance.
Reverend Shingo Furusawa will be the guest Minister.

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Flash back to our bon dances in the past.

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Making smoked meat for our bon dance concession stand. Please stop by and try our smoked meat bowl this coming weekend.

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A big “THANK YOU!” to everyone who came to help with our General Clean up day! Our church and temple grounds are all set for our obon service and bon dance this coming weekend July 1 & 2.

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Making Laulau’s for our Obon next weekend (July 1 & 2). Come stop by our concession stand at our Obon where we’ll be selling “Laulau plates” for dinner.

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No Family Service this Sunday June 26, 2016. We are having our General Clean up before our obon service and festival the following weekend. If you are free to help, clean up starts at 8am.

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Mr. Minoru Tagawa. The 6th Kyodan President of Puna Hongwanji Mission (1969-1972)

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Puna Bon dance and service. July 1 & 2. Service starts at 6pm each night. Puna Taiko performance, and Bon dance to follow.

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The Obon committee would greatly appreciate the donations of the following items for our concession:

Bottled Water
Canned soda or juice
Rice
Spam
Nori
Shoyu
Flour
Eggs
Somen
 

THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

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To learn more about Buddhism, please join our Dharma class every Sunday after family service and refreshments.

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HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

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 Papaikou Bon dance!

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PUNA TAIKO at Greggor Ilagan’s Family Fun Day event.

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Carving the Carousel

Carrying on the art
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Beginning Carving Summer Session –
Two Sundays, June 19 & 26 2016

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Learn the basics of wood carving at our 2016 summer session
Puna Hongwanji Mission, Keaʻau
Sundays, June 19 and 26 from Noon to 4pm
$40 per session or $70 for both
10 student limit
Questions? E-mail CarouselCarver@gmail.com

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS! PUNA HONGWANJI BON DANCE IS JULY 1 & 2. COME AND ENJOY SOME GREAT FOOD, FELLOWSHIP, FUN TIMES, AND GREAT DANCING! HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!!

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The Legacy of our 5th Kyodan President continues through his Richard and Eleanor Imai Shin Buddhist Scholarship.

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Mr. Richard Imai.  The 5th Kyodan President of Puna Hongwanji Mission (1967-1968)

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Please join us tomorrow (Sunday June 12) at 9am. Rimban Jeffrey Soga will be doing the Family service. See you there!

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Our bon dance is just around the corner. If anyone is available on Thursday June 30, 2016. We will be setting up at 3pm. Thank you in advance if you are free to lend a hand.

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Puna Hongwanji Judo club Invitational.  Saturday June 18, 2016. 9:30am at Shipman Gym in Kea’au Middle School.  Please stop by and show your support for our Judo club, and also to see some great talent and competition.  Hope to see you there!

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 Congratulations!!!! Pacific Buddhist Academy. Class of 2016.

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GENERAL CLEAN UP DAY, SUNDAY JUNE 26, 2016.  8AM.  Getting ready for our bon dance on July 1 & 2. If you are free, please come and help us clean up our temple and church grounds. Thank you in advance!

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Congratulations to our taiko grads! Chloe, Marson, Raenette, and John Ray from the Youth Performance group and Trevor from the Adult Recreational class! (Also, a big congrats to Blayne for being selected for the temple scholarships!)

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Please join us tomorrow (June 5, 2016) for our Baccalaureate service honoring our graduates for this 2016 year.

Reverend Byran Siebuhr will be doing the service.

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Bon dance season is upon us. Come join us for practice every Monday in June from 7pm to 8:30pm.
Please bring a Tenugui (hand towel), Uchiwa (Fan), and Bachi (Taiko drum sticks).

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Clips from our Puna District Interfaith Memorial Day Service.  Thank you to David Corrigan for this wonderful video!

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Puna District Interfaith Memorial Day Service. Weather for the event turned out really well. Thank you to the area churches, families, political appointees, Hawaii County Band, Richard Onishi (guest speaker), friends, and our members that came to pay tribute.

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Please join us tomorrow for our Memorial Day Interfaith Service. Family & friends are encouraged to attend to offer a floral bouquet (which we provide or you can bring your own) as we call each persons name. This is not a Buddhist service as area churches from Puna participate.
It starts at 10:00 a.m. on the front lawn of Puna Hongwanji.
Guest speaker will be Representative Richard Onishi.

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Our Social hall is available for use. Please call 966-9981 to find out more details.

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One of the first photos of the Fujinkai ladies with Reverend Shirasu.

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Reverend Jukaku Shirasu (1946-1961). The 9th Minister of Puna Hongwanji Mission.

The last minister before him was Rev Shoshin Toda who left in 1942. During that time, the military took over the church grounds, but the temple was kept open by the members.

Reverend Shirasu came in 1946 and reactivated the Fujinkai and other temple organizations.

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Please join us this Sunday for Gotan-e (Shinran Shonin’s Birthday) service at 9am. Hope to see you there!

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HONOKA’A HONGWANJI BACCALUAREATE SERVICE AND SCHOLARSHIP PRESENTATION.

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A monument bearing the name of Puna residents killed in action sits on the grounds of Puna Hongwanji Mission. Family & friends are encouraged to attend to offer a floral bouquet (which we provide or you can bring your own) as we call each persons name. This is not a Buddhist service as area churches from Puna participate. Come on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. on the front lawn of Puna Hongwanji as we thank all servicemen. Area churches, veterans groups, the Hawaii County Band, and representatives will be in attendance.

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Some of the cooks that helped for our Mother’s Day Brunch.

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Newly painted stairs to our temple are done. Thanks to our hard working members!

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Please join us on Sunday May 15 at 9am. Rev. Bryan Siebuhr will be doing the Family service.

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 Thank you to everyone that came to our Mother’s Day Brunch.

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Flowers in our Columbarium for Mother’s day.

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Preparing for the Mother’s Day Brunch.

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Mothers day Brunch!

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Please join us on Sunday for Mothers day service. Rev. Bryan Siebuhr will be doing the Family service. A wonderful Mothers day Brunch will begin after the service. Tickets are $12 at the door.
Author Myra Ikeda will be the guest speaker.
Hope to see you there!

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Mother’s Day Service & Brunch this Sunday – May 8, 2016. Myra Ikeda, now a published author, will be the guest speaker. Her book will be available for sale and she will be signing autographs. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door for our fabulous, fantastic, and famous brunch.

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Puna Hongwanji Judo Club car wash last Sunday.

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Rev. Baba and visitors from Wailuku Hongwanji.

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Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying whoever was responsible for causing damage to numerous grave monuments and concrete vase holders at the Kapoho Zairyumin Kai Japanese Cemetery on Kapoho Lighthouse Road.

On April 21, a cemetery caretaker discovered that the monuments and concrete vase holders had been tampered with or damaged. The damage occurred sometime between April 10 and April 21.

The preliminary damage estimate is approximately $4,200.

Police ask anyone with any information about this case to call Officer Roberto Segobia at 965-2716 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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Wailuku Hongwanji members visiting our temple. Thank you so much for coming to our Sunday service! Hope to see you again in the future!

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Please join us Sunday May 1, 2016. Mr. Blayne Nakasone will be doing the Family service. We also like to welcome the students and families of the Wailuku Hongwanji to our service.

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David Oyama (1946-1954). The third Kyodan President of Puna Hongwanji Mission.

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Mother’s Day Brunch (May 8, 2016) tickets are on sale. $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Proceeds will be used for Puna Hongwanji Mission’s scholarship fund.

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Cleaning and putting primer on the stairs, getting ready to paint.

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HONPA HONGWANJI MISSION OF HAWAII NEWSLETTER

THE 30TH MINISTERS’ SPOUSES SEMINAR ON BIG ISLAND The spouses of the Hawaii Kyodan ministers gathered together on the Big Island for their annual seminar (chaired by Mrs. Kumika Soga) on March 25-26, 2016. This was the first seminar after the association’s official title was changed from “Ministers’ Wives Association” to “Ministers’ Spouses Association”, and also 30th Anniversary seminar of this association. On the first day of the seminar, there were two workshops held after the opening service at Puna Hongwanji. In the first workshop, Bishop Eric Matsumoto explained the “Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha General Promotion Plan”. Workshop 2 was “Making Lavosh” instructed by Mrs. Hisae Kubo at Puna Hongwanji kitchen. We also had Puna Hongwanji temple tour guided by Rev. Midori Kondo, and visited Tsunami Museum at Hilo. We strengthened mutual bond among each other through fellowship. We visited the Farmers’ market in the morning of the second day. The workshop 3 was the “Explanation of Robert’s Rules of Order” by Hilo Betsuin Rimban Rev. Jeffrey Soga. Thanks to the useful information we had learned from the workshop, the General Membership Meeting, which was held after the workshop 3, was conducted in a more efficient and productive manner. To celebrate the Association’s 30th Anniversary seminar, we watched a special slideshow of the past seminars during lunch time. We appreciate the ministers’ spouses on Big Island for hosting this meaningful seminar. We also appreciate the ministers, office staffs, and members of Hilo Betsuin and Puna Hongwanji Mission for welcoming us warmly. Last but not least, we would like to express our deepest appreciation to Hawaii Kyodan and each temple for giving us this precious opportunity. As ministers’ spouses we hope we can bring what we had learned at this seminar back to our temples.

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Early morning stroll through Lili’uokalani Gardens by Dharma Con participants.

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The ladies and gentlemen of Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin, Puna Hongwanji Mission, Kona Hongwanji, Papa’ikou, Kamuela, Honoka’a, and Na’alehu. Lady Eshinni and Lady Kakushinni Day at Honpa Hongwanji  Hilo Betsuin.

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Tomoichi Oto. (1934 – 1941) The first Kyodan President of Puna Hongwanji Mission.

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Reverend Shoshin Toda (1941-1942). The 8th Minister of Puna Hongwanji Mission.

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BUTTER MOCHI SALE!

Butter mochi fundraiser to support Puna Taiko’s return trip to Maui next month. Pick up is this Sunday, 4/24! $8/pan (or $15 for two!). Thank you in advance for your support!

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Reverend Hiroyuki Kishi (1934-1941). The 7th Minister of Puna Hongwanji Mission.
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Puna Hongwanji Mission members made dinner for the DharmaCon participants.
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Mayor Billy Kenoi gave the keynote address to open the first DharmaCon in Hilo — a joint effort of state Dharma School teachers and the island wide annual Buddhist Education Seminar of Buddhist Women’s Assiciation
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“Weave a Lei of Kindness” with Kehani Tejada, was one of the workshops at DharmaCon — The lei’s will go to graves at Kalaupapa in July.
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  • Bishop Eric Matsumoto delivers the dharma message on the final day of DharmaCon at Hilo Betsuin
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*****NO FAMILY SERVICE TOMORROW APRIL 17, 2016*******
Dharma Con will be held at the HIlo Betsuin on that day.

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Thank you to everyone who attended our Sunday service.  For those of you who couldn’t make it, here are some photos from that day.

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Please join us for Ladies Eshinni & Kakushiini Day Service. Sunday April 10, 2016 at 9am. Reverend Kumika Soga will conduct the service and deliver the Dharma Message.

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Lady Eshinni and Kakushinni Day.   Sunday April 10, 2016 at 9am

Guest speaker will be Reverend Kumika Soga.  

 

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Please join us this Sunday April 3, 2016 at 9am for Hanamatsuri Service.  Mr. Blayne Nakasone will conduct the service.

Mr.  Tracy Tsuha (member of Honomu Hongwanji) will deliver the Dharma Message.

Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

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Reverend Gamon Toda (1930-1033).  The 6th Minister of Puna Hongwanji Mission.

 

 

 

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Reverend Daido Baba will be doing this Sundays service. March 27,2016 at 9am. Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

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Our social hall is available for rent.  Please call 966-9981 for more information.  

 

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Rev, Kyotetsu Toyota.  The 4th Minister of Puna Hongwanji.

 


 

 


 

 


 

Footage from Post-Tropical Storm Iselle.


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