"Some may recall that Wailuku Hongwanji’s original temple was located at the corner of Market and Wells Street. But did you know that during World War II the U.S. military constructed on the grounds next to the temple, a bomb shelter for the neighborhood residents?"

Wailuku Hongwanji Mission
1820 E. Vineyard Street
Wailuku, HI  96793

Telephone: (808) 244-0406
(808) 244 -9647

Office Hours: Mon - Fri 08:00am - 04:00pm. Closed on all Holidays

Wailuku Hongwanji Preschool
144 Kaniela St
Wailuku, HI  96793

Telephone: (808) 244-9545

 

Wailuku Hongwanji Mission is part of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii, an organization of 36 Jodo Shinshu Buddhist temples throughout the State of Hawaii. The Hongwanji temples propagate the teachings of Pure Land Buddhism of Shinran Shonin (1173 – 1263). A key element of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism is the practice or recitation of the Nembutsu, “Namo Amida Butsu.” This practice is considered the path to individual and community peace and harmony.

Founded in 1899, WHM served as a spiritual and social gathering place for the Issei or first generation Japanese immigrants who came to Hawaii in search of a brighter future. With the Isseis&rsquo vision for the betterment of family and community, WHM thrived as a center of Buddhist teachings, and served as a home for many affiliated organizations that support the temple and the larger community. Over the course of time, WHM built a rich history of service to the community, leading to its current scouting, martial arts, 4-H, Dharma School, Junior Young Buddhist Association, Buddhist Women’s Association, Japanese Language School, and preschool programs, among others.

WHM’s current leadership is committed to sustaining the energy of spiritual and community service through its strategic planning process called Vision 2030. The Vision 2030 process envisions WHM as the Community Temple.

As the Community Temple, we are here to serve both temple members and non-members alike. We are today, a 21st century organization. We look to our Jodo Shinshu teachings to provide sound and straightforward standards for daily living. We invite all members of our community to join us as we collectively strive to live richer and more meaningful lives.

Office Hours

Monday - Friday: 08:00am - 04:00pm

Services

Family Services at Wailuku Hongwanji are held every Sunday at 8:00am. To learn more about other services we offer click on the button below

Services

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