Empowering Change and Unity

Highlights from the Big Island Lay Convention

Recently, our temple community embarked on an inspiring journey at the Lay Convention held on the picturesque Big Island. Although attendance was lower than usual, with 44 dedicated individuals present, the event was nothing short of impactful.

One significant milestone was the consolidation of our efforts into a single Board of Directors, uniting representatives from every district. This bold move towards unity promises a future of stronger collaboration and shared purpose within our community.

A pivotal moment came during a compelling presentation by Michael Munekiyo, advocating for this consolidation. His persuasive arguments won over the attendees, and this transformative change was overwhelmingly approved, set to take effect from the year 2025.

The convention also featured a series of captivating workshops, each designed to inspire and ignite change within our temples. One standout session was led by Sandy Takahashi from Hamakua Jodo Mission. Sandy shared the inspiring tale of their temple’s revival, emphasizing their successful transformation into a community hub. Their once-exclusive Obon festival has blossomed into a warm, inviting Family Memorial Service, welcoming all members of our community. Additionally, their innovative Feed the Hungry Program thrives, thanks to the dedication of forty core members, making a meaningful impact on those in need.

In conclusion, the convention may have seen modest numbers, but the energy, ideas, and determination that filled the room were nothing short of monumental. As we reflect on this event, we are reminded of our shared commitment to growth, unity, and the betterment of our temple community. Together, we are laying the foundation for a vibrant and inclusive future, where every member is valued and every voice is heard.

As the Community Temple, we are here to serve both temple members and non-members alike. We are today, a 21st century organization