Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii (Hawaii Kyodan) is a religious organization belonging to the Jodo Shinshu Sect of Mahayana Buddhism. Hawaii Kyodan follows the Teaching of Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji (True Essence of Pure Land Buddhist Teaching) whose founder is Shinran Shonin. We are affiliated with the head temple Ryukoku-zan Hongwanji (Nishi Hongwanji) which is located in Kyoto, Japan.
Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii, an eleemosynary, ecclesiastical and educational corporation was incorporated in the State of Hawaii on October 4, 1907. Hawaii Kyodan acts as the principal entity representing the Jodo Shinshu denomination in Hawaii. It is located at 1727 Pali Highway, just on the outskirts of downtown Honolulu and represents 37 temples spread throughout the state on the islands of Hawaii, Maui, Lanai, Oahu, and Kauai.
The authority of Hawaii Kyodan is vested in the Legislative Assembly which represents the temples and affiliated organizations. A 36 member board of directors, comprised of lay leaders and ministers, governs the organization. Eight (8) standing committees and 19 special committees have been established to carry out various functions of the organization. Daily operations are conducted by Hawaii Kyodan’s headquarter which is staffed by eight (8) employees including the Bishop.
Hawaii Kyodan strives to provide the resources, direction, and support to its affiliated temples and organizations for the propagation and appreciation of the Buddhist doctrines as well as to promote a range of services to meet spiritual and secular needs of its members and communities throughout the State. Among these are religious services, educational and cultural programs and support, as well as outreach services.
Hawaii Kyodan and its affiliated temples sponsors accredited, independent educational institutions such as the Hongwanji Mission School (preschool to eight grade) and the Pacific Buddhist Academy (high school), regardless of race, color, creed, or religious orientation. It also sponsors the Fort Gakuen Japanese School as well as after school and summer programs. Other Hawaii Kyodan affiliated organizations and programs include the Buddhist Women’s Association, Buddhist Study Center, Jr. Young Buddhist Association, and Project Dana.
"The mission of Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii is to share the living Teachings of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism so that all beings may enjoy lives of harmony, peace, and gratitude."