AIEA HONGWANJI MISSION
Aiea Hongwanji Mission is a Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temple affiliated with the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii. The Temple is located at 99-186 Puakala Street in `Aiea, Hawai`i, USA. The goal of the mission is the propagation of Jodo Shinshu (Mahayana - Pure Land tradition) Buddhism in the `Aiea area. Aiea Hongwanji was established in 1902, and has been serving the `Aiea community for over a century. In 2002, Aiea Hongwanji celebrated it's centennial with education programs, and commemoration services.
The Aiea Hongwanji is one of 36 branch temples in the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii. The State headquarters of the Mission is located at 1727 Pali Highway, in Honolulu.
Major Services are different times of the year. New Year's Day, Goshoki Hoonko (Founder's Memorial Service) - January; Spring Higan Service - March; Hanamatsuri (Buddha Day), Fujinkai Eshinni Day - April; Gotan-E (Founder's Birthday Service) - May; Obon - August; Fall Higan Service - September; Eitaikyo (Sangha Memorial) Service - November; Bodhi Day, Year-End Service - December.
Reverend Arthur Kaufmann is the minister currently assigned to Aiea Hongwanji. He has been here since 2009 and has added much to temple services. He can be contacted at 488-5684 for ministerial services. For emergencies, you may also call Mr. Warren Tamamoto, temple president at 486-0282.
The Temple minister provides the following pastoral and religious services to our members and the general community: Death rites (Bedside, Funeral, memorial services), Wedding ceremony, Home and Business dedication, Infant's initiatory rites, Burial and cemetary services, pastoral care and counseling, Home services.
Aiea Hongwanji's activities include: Sunday Dharma Services and Buddhist education classes, special services in English and Japanese, Judo, Karate, Kumon, Aerobics, Okinawan Sanshin, Karaoke and craft classes. The Kyodan (lay leadership), Fujinkai (Buddhist Women Association, Senior (21 and older) and Junior (7th grade to 19 years old) Young Buddhist Associations and Dharma (Preschool through high school) School are the main temple organizations. The Aiea Hongwanji Pre-school offers pre-school for 3 and 4 year olds. If you would like more information on the Pre-school, please call Director Claire Tamamoto at (808) 488-0404. The Lotus Adult Day Care Center is also located on the grounds of the temple. It provides day care services for seniors.
PLEASE CALL 488-5685 FOR INFORMATION
Sunday Family Service for adults and children is at 9:00 a.m., followed by children's Dharma School. Everyone is welcome to attend!
The annual Bon dance will be held on Saturday, August 29, 2009. It is the last of the O`ahu temple dances. There will be a memorial service at 6:30 p. m. followed by the bon dance at 7:00 p.m.
The Mission's Hall is available for rental for parties and other events. Reservations are subject to temple activities and are taken up to one year in advance. Seating capacity is 295; tables and chairs are included. For more information, please call the Claire Tamamoto at 486-0282 or the Aiea Hongwanji Office between 9:00 am and 12:00 noon at 487-2626 for more information.
Directions to the Aiea Hongwanji:
From `Ewa: H-1 freeway; `Aiea exit; past first traffic light, turn right on Puakala St (2nd traffic light).
From Honolulu on Moanalua Freeway: `Aiea/Stadium Exit; past first traffic signal; turn right on Puakala St.
From Airport on H-1 freeway: `Aiea exit; past first traffic signal, turn right on Puakala St.
From Pearlridge toward stadium on Moanalua Road: Past `Aiea Heights Drive; past Union 76 station on Left; next left on Puakala St.
Follow Puakala Street straight back and you will find the temple and various activities on the left before the road deads through the chain link fence.
For more information on the Aiea Hongwanji Mission, please call (808) 488-5685 or (808) 486-2626.