Dharma School, and Youth Programs

Mō‘ili‘ili Hongwanji Dharma School and Youth Programs emphasize the Three Treasures (Buddha, Dharma, Sangha) and provide the foundation for truly understanding all living beings are interconnected and interdependent, thus we are never alone, and are able to live in compassion and with gratitude for all life.

Dharma School classes meet once or twice a month and have joint outings and activities with the Honolulu Hongwanji Dharma Schools. New students are welcome to participate in all services, classes and activities. Services begin at 9:00 a.m. every Sunday.

The Young Buddhist Association (YBA) offers opportunities for experiencing Buddhism fellowship, living Buddhist values of compassion, wisdom, and selfless giving to others, and a community of young people who accept each other without discrimination or judgement.

Project Dana

Project Dana is a Faith In Action program that provides a variety of services to the frail elderly and disabled to ensure their well-being, independence, and dignity in an environment of their choice. Support comes from trained volunteers guided by the principle of “Dana,” which combines compassion and selfless giving without desire for recognition or reward.

Buddhist Women’s Association

The Buddhist Women’s Association supports the temple and serves the community through volunteering, fundraising, and community service activities. BWA is among the fellowship groups that for over a century have respected our elders, handed down cherished traditions and values to the next generations, and innovated new ways to serve the greater good now and into the future.

Meditation and Chanting

Meditation Service

Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.
Experience different meditation techniques, including guided, sitting, walking, and chanting. In the Hongwanji tradition, meditation is used to calm the mind and center the spirit in preparation to hear the teachings of the Buddha, but the techniques can be used by anyone who wants to de-stress and create a moment of serenity in their daily lives. Followed by refreshments and fellowship. Schedule subject to change; please confirm in the calendar.

Shōshinge Chanting

Tuesdays and Thursday at 8:00 a.m.
Shōshinge, the Hymn of True Faith, was written by Shinran, the founder of Jōdo Shinshū Buddhism in the 13th century, and is chanted in the sōfu style, along with a rotating selection of the Sanjo Wasan. Everyone is welcome to join in or simply sit and listen to the chanting of this 12th century hymn. Schedule subject to change; please confirm in the calendar.

Arts & Music

Quilters Club

Mondays 10:00 a.m.
The Quilters meet weekly to share their passion for quilting and fellowship. The Quilters’ most recent project was new uchishiki and mizuhiki, special cloths used to adorn the temple altar for special services, using traditional Hawaiian patterns. Beginners are welcome! Schedule subject to change; please confirm in the calendar.

Happy Strummers Ukulele Club

The Happy Strummers meet regularly to learn, practice, and perform ukulele songs, including Hawaiian, Japanese, and Western favorites performed at temple events, as well as visitations to retirement, nursing, and rehabilitation facilities. Beginners are welcome! Schedule subject to change; please confirm in the calendar.

Ikebana Club

Thursdays 9:30 a.m.
Ikebana is the ancient Japanese art of flower arrangement. Join Mrs. Michiko Okano, a master instructor of the Saga-goryu school of ikebana, and learn how to create artistic and meaningful flower arrangements. Schedule subject to change; please confirm in the calendar.

Exercise and Fitness

Adult Fitness & Falling Safety Class

Tuesdays 9:00 a.m.
Taught by martial arts master Hudson Fukuki, this class meets weekly to help adults increase their fitness level to avoid slips and falls, and to learn marital arts techniques for avoiding injury if they fall.  Exercises to develop leg, arm, and core strength are done prior to low impact falling.  Yoga, stretching, and weight training is included. This class is free. Schedule subject to change; please confirm in the calendar.

Karate Class

Thursdays, 4 p.m.
Learn basic karate techniques from martial arts master Hudson Fukuki. Gain flexibility, strength, speed, and stamina.  This system includes boxing, kickboxing, jujutsu techniques.  Class is informal—no uniform required. Ages 5 and up. Cost is $10. For information and to register, please contact Fukuki-sensei. Schedule subject to change; please confirm in the calendar.

Zumba Class

Mondays 5:15 p.m. and Thursdays 5:30 p.m.
Zumba is “a total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility, boosted energy and a serious dose of awesome each time you leave class.” Taught by licensed Zumba instructor Michie Sugita, the cost is $5 per session, drop-ins are welcome, and kids under 12 years old are free! Schedule subject to change; please confirm in the calendar.

Japanese Language Communities

Conversational Japanese Club

Fridays 1:00 p.m
Learn how to converse in Japanese with instructor Osamu Kawabata. Kawabata-sensei will introduce both the basics and the nuances of conversing in Japanese so everyone is welcome to join regardless of level. Schedule subject to change; please confirm in the calendar.

Japanese Dharma Friends

2nd and 4th Wednesdays 10:00AM
Hongwanji minister (retired) Rev. Shigenori Makino leads a Japanese-language dharma class that explores Jōdo Shinshū Buddhism. No prior experience in Buddhism is required, just bring an open mind. Schedule subject to change; please confirm in the calendar.

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Japanese Grief Support Group

1st Wednesday, 10:00AM

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Islands Hospice offers a Japanese-language grief support group that meets monthly at Moiliili Hongwanji. Led by Ms. Emi Takada, LSW, the group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. Please contact Ms. Takada at (808) 550-2552. Schedule subject to change; please confirm in the calendar.