Invitation to Hybrid Service on January 22, 2023: SUNDAY SERVICE, with Dharma message by Rev. Toshiyuki Umitani

Published January 20, 2023 by

Dear Moiliili Hongwanji Members and Friends,

I hope this email finds you well within the Compassionate Light of Amida Buddha.  I would like to invite you and your family to our Sunday Service at Moiliili Hongwanji. 

SUNDAY SERVICE (01/22/2023):

*Time: 9:00 am
*We hold Sunday Service in a hybrid setting. You can join us either in person or via Zoom. 

  • Opening Remarks
  • Kansho (Temple Bell)
  • Vandana & Ti-Sarana
  • Sutra Chanting: “Sanbutsuge” (*Service Book (PDF) is available online from here.)
  • Gatha: “Hotokesama (II)” 
  • Dharma Message: Rev. Toshiyuki Umitani
  • Reading: “Shinshu Pledge (II)”
  • Nembutsu 
  • Acknowledgments & Announcements

In-Person: Anyone is welcome to attend in person. Refreshments after the Service.

Online: Please click the Zoom link* to join in the service starting at 9:00 a.m.


  • Feel free to invite your family and friends to our Sunday Service. Your donation is greatly appreciated.  <Donate Now>
  • Request for Altar Flowers: We are always in need of flowers for our Temple and Columbarium altars. If you have flowers that are long-lasting or tall greens to share, please bring them to the temple by 4:30 pm on Thursdays or by 8:00 am on Fridays. Ginger and heliconia are good examples. Thank you for your help.  
  • January 29 – Project Dana Volunteers’ Appreciation Service 
  • February 5 – Monthly Remembrance Service
  • February 19 – Shinnen Enkai (New Year’s Party)
  • White Way Broadcast every Saturday at KZOO Radio (AM1210) from 7:45 am-8:00 am. Listen to KZOO Radio Online (Click “Listen to KZOO” on their website) – 1/21 Speaker: Rev. Toshiyuki Umitani (Resident Minister, Moiliili Hongwanji Mission) 
  • Archive of the White Way Radio Broadcasts 

Toshiyuki Umitani
Resident Minister, Moiliili Hongwanji Mission 

*The Sunday Service Zoom link remains the same each week. To receive the Sunday Service Zoom link, please contact the office, or subscribe to our Weekly Email of announcements from our home page.

Additional announcements:

1/22: Hawaii premier of award winning documentary film: Carving the Divine

Hawaii Premiere

Carving the Divine

Award Winning Documentary Film

When: Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023, 11:30AM-2:00PM

Where: Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin Buddhist Temple, 1727 Pali Hwy. (Enter via Lusitana Street.)

Open to the Public.

A fascinating look into the journey of mastering a 1,400-year-old tradition of the busshi. Yujiro Seki has captured on film a world unknown to most. The journey of becoming a master sculptor of Buddhist images is one in which one also gets to know oneself. Meet the producer, Yujiro Seki in person and a private viewing of the Amida Buddha image in the Main Sanctuary of the Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin Buddhist Temple. Carving the Divine has been shown at 30 film festivals in 22 countries winning awards at 13 festivals such as the Best Director Award of a Foreign Language Documentary at World Cinema Milan and premiering at the famous Raindance Film Festival in London. Printable Flyer (PDF).

Go to to view official trailer.

Sponsored by the: Buddhist Study Center, Hawaii Buddhist Council and the Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin Buddhist Temple. For more information, please call 808 536-7044 (HHHB Temple) or by email Donations accepted.

1/29 Sunday: Project Dana at Moiliili Hongwanji Mission’s 34th Annual Volunteer Appreciation Service. (hybrid)

When: Sunday January 29, 2023 9:00 am

Place: Moiliili Hongwanji

Please join us in observing the 34th Annual Volunteer Appreciation Service at Moiliili Hongwanji.

Speakers will include:Rev. Umitani, Resident Minister and a guest speaker from Caring from the Caregiver Support Group. A special recognition to Longs/CVS for their partnership and support of Project Dana will take place.

This is a time to meet (in person or zoom) friends, volunteers, supporters and guests of Project Dana.

We hope to see you there.

902 University Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii 96826
Telephone: (808) 945-3736 Fax: (808) 942-1154

1/30: An evening with Ronald C. White on the topic Wisdom and Compassion

Insights on Healing a Deeply Divided Nation  

Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address — Then and Now  

When: Monday, January 30, 2023 , 7:00 to 9:00 pm  

Where: In-person at Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin
(Room to be determined.)
1727 Pali Highway, Honolulu, Hawaii
Please enter the temple campus from Lusitana Street.  

Ronald C. White

Ronald C. White is the author of two New York Times bestselling presidential biographies. American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant [2016] won the 2017 William Henry Seward Award for “Excellence in Civil War Biography.” He is also the author of A. Lincoln: A Biography [2009].  USA Today said, “If you read one book about Lincoln, make it A. LINCOLN.”   His new book, Lincoln in Private: What His Most Personal Reflections Tell Us About Our Greatest Presidentwas published in May 2021.  He is the narrator of the Random House Audiobook for Lincoln in Private.    He has also written Lincoln’s Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural, a New York Times Notable Book, and The Eloquent President: A Portrait of Lincoln Through His Words, a Los Angeles Times bestseller.  

He is presently writing a comprehensive biography of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, the Bowdoin college professor who was the hero of Little Round Top at Gettysburg.  After the Civil War Chamberlain became Governor Maine, President of Bowdoin College, and a foremost lecturer on the Civil War.   Dr. White is a graduate of UCLA and Princeton Theological Seminary, receiving a Ph.D. in Religion and History from Princeton University.  He is a Senior Fellow at the Trinity Forum in Washington, D.C.  He has taught at UCLA, Whitworth University, Colorado College, and Princeton Theological Seminary.  He has lectured at the White House and been interviewed on the PBS NewsHour.  He has spoken on Lincoln in England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, and New Zealand.  He lives with his wife Cynthia in Pasadena California.  

2/19: Save the Date! Join us for our annual Shinnen Enkai (New Year’s Luncheon) on Sunday, February 19th, 2023

Join us for our annual Shinnen Enkai (New Year’s Luncheon) on Sunday, February 19th, 2023 to be held at our temple! Temple service begins at 9:00am followed by the General Membership Meeting & Luncheon (starts at 11:15am).

$20/per person. Food will be provided by Triple RTS. Reserve your seat today!

Also, the popular Silent Auction is back! We are now seeking donations- brand new items or gift cards. Drop off your donations to the temple by Feb. 5th. Silent Auction opens at 8am, closes at 12pm. Must be present to win. All proceeds will benefit the temple. We look forward to seeing you there.

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