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OCEANOCEAN Kahului Hongwanji Buddhist Temple Kahului Hongwanji Buddhist Temple Kahului Hongwanji Buddhist Temple Kahului Hongwanji Buddhist Temple Volume 7, Issue 4 Path of Entrusting - Live the Teachings! April 2013 East Asia In all east Asian countries Buddha's Birth is celebrated on the 8th day of the 4th month in the Chinese lunar calendar (in Japan since 1873 on April 8 of the Gregorian calendar), and the day is an official holiday in Hong Kong, Macau, and South Korea. Nepal The birth of the Buddha is often celebrated by Buddhists in Nepal for an entire month in the Buddhist cal-endar. The actual day is called Buddha Poornima (or Buddha Purnima), also traditionally known as Vai-shakh Poornima. Although the day marks not just the birth of Shakyamuni Gautama Buddha, but also the day of Enlightenment, and Mahaparinirvana. But as a gentle effect of West, the event of Birth is given para-mount importance. The event is celebrated by gentle and serene fervour, keeping in mind the very nature of Buddhism. People, especially women, go to common Viharas to observe a rather longer-than-usual, full-length Buddhist sutra, as something like a service. The usual dress is pure white. Non-vegetarian food is normally avoided. Kheer, a sweet rice porridge is commonly served to recall the story of Sujata, a maiden who, in Gautama Buddha's life, offered the Buddha a bowl of milk porridge after he had given up the path of asceticism following six years of extreme austerity. This event was one major link in his enlightenment. It is said that the Buddha originally followed the way of asceticism to attain enlightenment sooner, as was thought by many at that time. He sat for a prolonged time with inadequate food and water, which caused his body to shrivel so as to be indistinguishable from the bark of the tree that he was sitting under. Seeing the weak Siddhartha Gautama, a girl named Sujata placed a bowl of milk in front of him as an offering. Realis-ing that without food one can do nothing, the Buddha refrained from harming his own body. Japan In Japan, Buddha's birth is also celebrated according to the Buddhist calendar but is not a national holiday. On this day, all temples hold Kanbutsu-e (Japanese: ), ( G tan-e), (Bussh-e), (Yokubutsu-e), (Ryge-e), (Hana-eshiki) or (Hana-matsuri, meaning 'Flower Festi-val'). The first event was held at Asuka-dera in 606. Japanese people pour ama-cha (a beverage prepared from a variety of hydrangea) on small Buddha statues decorated with flowers, as if bathing a newborn baby. Korea In Korea the birthday of Buddha is celebrated according to the Lunisolar calendar. This day is called (Seokga tansinil), meaning "Buddha's birthday" or (Bucheonim osin nal) meaning "the day when the Buddha came". Lotus lanterns cover the entire temple throughout the month which are often flooded down the street. On the day of Buddha's birth, many temples provide free meals and tea to all visi-HanamatsuriBuddhas Birthday Celebrations in Asian Countries Excerpts from Wikipedia 2 Volume 7, Issue 4 OCEAN Page Giving a Shout-Out! Thank you to everyone for your help and support of our March 30 KHM Ba-zaar! This event could not have happened without you! ************************** At our Sunday service on March 10, Mike Munekiyo, President of Wailuku Hongwanji, was the guest speaker. The theme for his talk was Dana. As Dana, or selfless giving, is a main emphasis for Buddhists, it plays an important part in our spiritual and our everyday lives. Mike asked the question: How do we make dana a part of life every day? Just as we have to practice baking a cake, playing base-ball, or playing a musical instrument, dana requires practice, too. So we need to be sensitive and open to the times when by our actions we can make others lives a little easier or a little better. We need to be aware, also, of the instances when we are the recipients of danawhen someone does something to or for us that makes us feel better. When we feel better, we, in turn, are more apt to do something positive or encouraging to others. Thank you, Mike, for your commentsyour comments gave clarity to a concept that could have seemed intimidating or unreachable. You brought into focus one of the primary practices of our religion. ************************** Some comments on Dana In theory, selfless giving seems so easy. In practice, the opportunity for selfless giving is oftentimes fragile, falling prey to the Ill do it later pitfall or the missed chance to say or do something. When the moment passes, it usually doesnt come again. If you have a positive or supportive comment, say it. The other side of the coin is also true--If you have a comment that is hurtful, dont say it. Negative words do not have to see the light of day. Dana does not have to be a newspaper headline story. In fact, certain instances of dana is at its purest when no one knows who the giver is. Dana is as near as our family, fellow workers, or colleagues. Just because we see certain people eve-ryday does not mean that we can ignore them, that we dont need to be kind and gentle to them. Perhaps the opposite is more to the point: Because we see certain people every day, we need to be even more thoughtful and appreciative of them. There is the Dana of the Hands when we physically work to make things better for others. There is the Dana of the Heart when we connect with others through feelings and words. There is the Dana of the Mind/Thoughts when we try to rise high and think the best of people and events. Wait! Dont we receive a guide and a reminder every time we say the Golden Chain of Love? To think pure and beautiful thoughts... To say pure and beautiful words... To do pure and beautiful deeds... Thank you, Buddha! In Gassho, Janet Presidents Corner 3 Hosha Hosha means to give or to help as an expression of ones gratitude. In the spirit of hosha, lets all consider working for the temple to be a privilege. Please come and help! April 6, 7:30 a.m. April 20, 7:30 a.m. Window CleaningJr. YBA Volume 7, Issue 4 OCEAN Page Mark Your Calendar! Service Responsibilities April 7 No service at temple April 14 Jr. YBA April 21 Dharma School April 28 BWA/Kyodan Mothers Day Brunch at KHM Sunday, May 12 We welcome everyone to our annual Moth-ers Day Brunch after Sunday service. RSVP to the temple office (871-4732) by May 5. Please join us in honoring our moth-ers and grandmothers! Hanamatsuri Service Sunday, April 7, 9 a.m. Velma M. Santos Community Center The Central Maui Buddhist Councils annual Hanamatsuri event will be held on April 7. Hanamatsuri commemorates the birth of Shakyamuni Buddha 2,500 years ago, and is one of the most celebrated observances in the Buddhist tradition. Featured speaker is Lama Gyaltsen of the Maui Dharma Center. Games, entertainment and lunch will fol-low the service. KHM will be ordering lunch for the attendees. If you plan to attend, please sign up at the temple office. Everyone is invited to this event. Itll be a wonderful opportunity to connect with the different Buddhist sects on Maui! Kahului Hongwanji is in charge of the refreshment table this year. We appreciate any donation of refreshments. Kahului Hongwanji Hanamatsuri Service & Infants Initiatory Rites Sunday, April 21, 9 a.m. Parents formally present their child to the Buddha and Sangha for the first time in Infants Initiatory Rites. At Ka-hului Hongwanji, it is incorporated with the Hanamatsuri Service. Please contact the temple office at 871-4732 by Sunday, April 14, if you wish to have your child be part of this ceremony. Dates to Remember! April 7 Central Maui Buddhist Councils Hanamatsuri Service April 21 KHM Hanamatsuri Service & Infants Initiatory Rites May 5 Boys Day May 11 Maui MatsuriKHM booth May 12 Mothers Day Brunch after Family Service at KHM May 19 Fujimatsuri at WHM May 26 Gotan-e Service at KHM Fujimatsuri Service Sunday, May 19, 9 a.m. at WHM The Maui Hongwanji Councils Fujimatsuri festivities will be held at the Wailuku Hongwanji Mission. Please contact the temple office (871-4732) by May 5, if you plan to at-tend as a count for lunch is needed. Gotan-e Sunday, May 26, 9 a.m. at KHM Gotan-e commemorates the birth of Shinran Shonin (1173-1262), the founder of Jodo Shinshu. We observe this day to raise awareness in the Nembutsu teaching, to pay tribute to our founder, and to take pride in the Buddhist heritage. Please join us! 4 Volume 6, Issue 4 OCEAN Page Buddhist Womens Association The annual Maui United BWA Spring Assembly will be held on Saturday, April 20 at Danis in Wai-luku. Helen Wai, the guest speaker from Hawaii Energy, will speak about energy efficiency. The cost is $20 and the deadline to participate is Sunday, April 14. Please confirm your attendance with Patsy Saki or Charlotte Wilkinson. Red Discount Card Service: This service is available for eligible seniors who are 60 years and older and are permanent residents here on Maui. Pick up your red card and a senior discount list at MEOs Com-munity Service Office, 249-2970. The MEOs newsletter Senior Scoop is available to BWA members so please see Irene Matsuda or Charlotte Wilkinson for a copy. Upcoming events: Visitation/Community Service to Kula Hospital will be on Saturday, May 4 after hosha. Details will be discussed at the BWA meeting on Saturday, April 6 at 8:30 a.m. The Buddha says, The world is a reflection of ones own mind. This quote by Shakyamuni Buddha comes from the book Great Compassion: The Essence of Shin Buddhism by Mary Wada-Roath. This small book of Jodo Shinshu Buddhist sayings and other related quotations is meant to be used as a portable companion for those seeking to understand the teaching. (Preface) Great fun and yummy food on the BWAs outing on Girls Day 2013! New members Joyce & Pat! Smile! - Bernie, Reiko and Thelma Mabel: Ono! Susan & Sally dressed in Kimono! 5 Volume 7, Issue 4 OCEAN Page Pack & Troop 64 News Pack and Troop 64 would like to thank KHM members for their support at the recent car wash and Scout Sunday service. The Scouts would also like to thank Steven Lee for sharing his aquaponic farm. The Scouts and their families learned how the farm worked and even helped clean and weed different areas in-cluding the eggplant and cilantro crops. They learned how to plant new cilantro seedlings. They fed the chickens and the fish. Everyone was able take home beans, eggplant, tomatoes and more. The moms were rewarded with papaya plants. Everyone had a great time and look forward to doing it again. Scout-O-Rama was a lot of fun, and Cub Scouts were able to share their map and compass skills while the troop participated in merit badge classes. Other activities keeping the Scouts learning and busy included a service project for Kealia Pond in Maalaea. Park Ranger Courtney and Volunteer Paula showed them how to pull weeds around the ponds. They planted 150 ground cover plants. The Scouts also learned about endangered birds, plants and other animals. The overnight camp at KHM before the bazaar kept the Scouts busy and the bazaar items secure. Maui Matsuri Food Booth at UHMC Saturday, May 11, 3 p.m.9 p.m. At the upcoming Maui Matsuri, Kahului Hongwanji will be selling many ono-licious food itemsbento, musubi, cold noodles, and a variety of baked products. Donations of baked goods are appreciated. Please come and support the Maui Matsuri and KHMs food booth. Mahalo! Scout Sunday Service action! 6 Easy Dipping Sauce Stir together 1 part Yoshida sauce 2 parts Sweet Chili sauce Ground chili powder to taste Green onion (chopped) to garnish. Perfect as a dip for fried chicken, pork, beef or fish! Yum! Recipes Welcome The newsletter staff welcomes you to share a favorite recipe with our sangha. Please send a copy to the temple office or send it via email to kahului-hongwanji@hawaii.rr.com. Please email your picture and we will gladly insert it in the recipe corner. Mahalo! 4H Volume 7, Issue 4 OCEAN Page 4H-ers joined church kyodan members to clean the temples windows. They worked hard and made the windows shine until they could see their reflections. What a great job! The winning duo: First time participants in the 4H Teach in Demonstrations Renee and Megan wowed the judges with their awesome PowerPoint presentation, poise, and self confidence. The dynamic duo dem-onstrated their version of taco salad. Their hard work earned them a blue ribbon. Congratulations to Renee and Megan. Left: Window cleaning time at the temple! Above: Megan and Renee show the results of the great effort they put into their demonstration. Recipe Corner 7 Volume 7, Issue 4 OCEAN Page Highlights of Kahului Hongwanji Mission Board Meeting Tuesday, February 26, 2013 Members Present: Rev. A. Hironaka, J. Shimada, G. Hiyakumoto, I. Tokishi, I. Matsuda, A. Yoshimoto, E. Nishimura, H. Toyama, S. Emura, G. Hironaka, C. Suyama, D. Toyama UNFINISHED BUSINESS Giseikai Resolution #1 Budget for 2013 - Adopted. Resolution #2 Amendment to Increase the Ministers Pension Benefit - Adopted. Resolution #3 Amend Policy on Health Insurance Subsidy for Retired Ministers, Spouses and Wid-ows - Adopted. Resolution #4 Closing of Kahuku Hongwanji Mission Adopted. Resolution #5 Resolution of Condolence and Appreciation for Mr. Teruo Morigaki of Papaikou Hongwanji Adopted. Resolution #6 Resolution of Appreciation and Condolence for the Most-Reverend Junjo Tsumura, 12th Bishop, HHMH Adopted. Resolution #7 Extension of HHMH Financial Support for the Pacific Buddhist Academy Adopted with amendment Resolution #8 PBA Financial Assistance Adopted. Resolution #9 Membership Definition referred to the Membership & Proration Committee. NEW BUSINESS Maui Matsuri May 11, 2013 Guy Hironaka and Harriet Toyama volunteered to co-chair the event. Looking for a baked goods chairper-son. Susan Emura will be in charge of decorating the booth. Mothers Day - Guy Hironaka volunteered to chair the brunch. REPORTS Ministers Report & Announcements - Rev. Hironaka asked that work on the PA system be a priority. Dharma Education Service Responsibilities May (proposed) May 5 Jr. YBA May 12 Dharma School May 19 No service (Fujimatsuri at WHM) May 26 BWA Gotan-e Window cleaning on 5/18 Dharma School Facility (Maintenance) One of the sump pumps replaced for $170. BWA Serving on the Maui United BWA are Kallie Keith-Agaran - 1st Vice President, Ellen Nishimura - Auditor, Joan Yokoyama Director, Yukari Murakami Newsletter Chair, and Pam Farnsworth Student Exchange Chair. Honpa Hongwanji Mission 05/18/13 - 5/19/13 Dr. Ugo Dessi, 2013 BSC Scholar in Residence will be speaking at Lahaina on May 18 and at Wailuku on May 19 at our Fujimatsuri. Meeting was adjourned at 8:02 p.m. 8 Volume 7, Issue 4 OCEAN Page Grateful Acknowledgments As of March 11, 2013 Thank you for your most generous donations. We are sorry if we have omitted or misspelled your name. Please assist us by calling the office (871-4732) so we can make proper corrections. Also, if you prefer your listing to be Anonymous, please let us know by indicating this desire on your check. Mahalo. FUNERAL In memory of Edith Taguchi Edmund & Ellen Nishimura In memory of Yasumasa Sakuma Lillian Sakuma In memory of Fusaye Dorothy Tamura Naomi Tamura & John Tamura MEMORIAL SERVICES In memory of Alice Sorayama (49 day) Yutaka Sorayama & family Isao & Susan Asada In memory of Sakae Mukai (25 year) Larry & Joan Yokoyama Mr. & Mrs. Roy Mukai Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Mukai Mr. & Mrs. Mel Mukai Troy & Jean Yokoyama Darin Yokoyama & Maureen Oshiro Patrick & Sue Nomura In memory of Alice Sumida (3 year) Baron Sumida James & Yvonne Nagoshi In memory of Fumie Yoshizawa (7 year) Earl & Elli Funakoshi In memory of Jamie Hozaki (49 day) Karl Hozaki Wallace & Joyce Endo In memory of Yoshio Tsuhako (13 year) Misao Tsuhako Ron & Elise Tsuhako Shirley Saffery In memory of Masako Kihara (1 year) Joe & Barbara Tanaka In memory of Janet Yaeko Yayoshi (1 year) Gail Omura In memory of Kyoichi Abe, Haruno Abe & Matsuyo Abe (Re-burial) Alan & Beverly Abe In memory of Fumie Yoshimura (7 year) Audrey Harding Walter & Ione Tokishi Mr. & Mrs. Harold Okumura In memory of Hideyuki Matsuda David & Marilyn Matsuda (49 day) In memory of Tsuna Hiyakumoto (33 year) Satsuko Hiyakumoto Gerald Hiyakumoto Diane Ino Kenneth & Lynette Mizuo Isamu Hiyakumoto In memory of James Hozaki (1 year) Yutaka Sorayama & family SPECIAL Thomas Abe Barbara Mende & Jeanne Tadaki Larry &Joan Yokoyama In memory of Mr. Shiro Fujimoto & Mrs. Nato Fujimoto Jane Shimada In memory of Jerry Ojiri Laura Ojiri & Donna Ojiri In memory of Patricia Boyer & Masaru & Evelyn Omori William Boyer & Erika Boyer NEWSLETTER Violet Nishijima USE OF PROPERTY Flower Arranging Class GOLD AWARDS Yutaka Sorayama Tomoe Sato Pat Borg Satsue Kanechika Nobuko Yamashige Yukie Kohama Diane Ino Mikiko Gushi Chieko Hiwatashi Lillian Sakuma BWA In memory of Hideyuki Matsuda David & Marilyn Matsuda In memory of Edith Taguchi Donald & Shirleyan Yamasaki In memory of Yasumasa Sakuma Lillian Sakuma DHARMA SCHOOL In memory of Yasumasa Sakuma Lillian Sakuma JR. YBA In memory of Yasumasa Sakuma Lillian Sakuma 9 Volume 7, Issue 4 OCEAN Page IN MEMORIAM Kahului Hongwanji Buddhist Temple extends deep sympathy and condolences to the family of the following member who passed away recently: Fusaye Dorothy Tamura, 86 February 20, 2013 Memorial Service A memorial service is held in gratitude for the compassion of Amida Buddha and the life of Nembutsu. It is a time for family members and friends to gather together on behalf of the de-parted person, to share their memories, and to express thankfulness and gratitude. To make arrangements for a memorial ser-vice, please call the temple office at 871-4732. Memorial Listing APRIL 1 YEAR (2012) Shimizu, Tamae, 81 April 12 Yoshioka, Takashi Roy, 94 April 18 Hirano, Kiyoko, 98 April 19 3 YEAR (2011) Shiotsugu, Kimie Tsukano, 96 April 7 Makishima, Etsuro, 101 April 11 Shoda, Tsuyako, 98 April 18 Shimabukuro, Susan Kikue, 55 April 26 7 YEAR (2007) Matsumoto, Masaru, 92 April 17 Nakamura, Yoshito, 80 April 23 Okada, Sadami, 95 April 26 13 YEAR (2001) Nakagawa, Tsuruko, 91 April 1 17 YEAR (1997) Enomoto, Mitsuo, 85 April 16 25 YEAR (1989) Machiguchi, Tsuya, 89 April 21 Agena, John Hideo, 56 April 25 33 YEAR (1981) Tamura, Kurahei, 90 April 23 Tanaka, Harue, 64 April 28 50 YEAR (1964) Manju, Eiji, 75 April 20 Masunaga, Kyuichi, 85 April 25 Sasagi, Aya, 68 April 26 Ajitomi, Uto, 82 April 29 MAY 1 YEAR (2012) None 3 YEAR (2011) Sera, Nobue, 91 May 3 Tanaka, Jean Fumie, 79 May 5 7 YEAR (2007) Nakayama, Yoshio, 90 May 26 Ihara, Fumiye, 91 May 29 13 YEAR (2001) None 25 YEAR (1997) Kondo, George Yukio, 79 May 11 Murakami, Harry Toshio, 66 May 12 Isa, Hosho, 94 May 24 25 YEAR (1989) None 50 YEAR (1981) Nakamura, Iwaichi, 80 May 6 Miyamoto, Noboru, 76 May 9 Fuchikami, Tsui, 88 May 26 50 YEAR (1964) Nishiyama, Hisano, 85 May 23 10 Obon Dance Practice Saturday, April 20, 7 p.m. 10 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 7 p.m. 10 p.m. Kahului Community Center Annex Everyone welcome. No experience necessary. For infor-mation please call the temple office (871-4732). Volume 7, Issue 4 OCEAN Page 10 11 Volume 7, Issue 4 OCEAN Page March 2013 2013 RYUKOKU UNIVERSITY BSC SPRING SEMINAR: MARCH 21, 2013 The keynote lecturer for this years seminar is Prof. Nobuhiro Fukagawa of the Ryukoku University and we are very fortunate to have PD Dr. Ugo Dessi of the University of Leipzig, Germany, the 2013 BSC Scholar in Residence, who will be presenting one lecture. Prof. Nobuhiro Fukagawa was born in 1953 in Yamaguchi, Japan. He gradu-ated from the Master and Doctoral programs of Shin Buddhism (Shinshu-gaku) in Ryukoku University graduate school. Since 1991 he has been a professor of Ryukoku University, teaching Shin Buddhism doctrine specializing in the Propa-gation of Shin Buddhism. He also teaches at the school of Kangakuryo with the academic status of Shiky. During the Ryukoku-BSC Spring Seminar 2013, Pro-fessor Fukagawa will present a two part lecture on Shinrans Teaching and the Propagation Shin Buddhism (). The lecture cov-ers the overall and characteristics of Buddhism in the context of world relig-ions, the view of human beings in Buddhism, the development of Buddhism and Shin Buddhism, the doctrine of Shin Buddhism, and the soteriological the-ory and significance of Shin Buddhism Teaching. Dr. Ugo Dessis lecture will be about The Morality of Shin Buddhist in Japan. The lec-ture is based upon the results of a survey that he conducted in Japan in 2008. This sur-vey was conducted among 400 Shin Buddhist followers belonging to the Nishi Hong-wanji and the Higashi Hongwanji. He was greatly helped by Professor Kawasoe Taishin of Ryukoku University, who helped to facilitate the survey. LAY ASSISTANT YOUTH RETREAT (LAY RETREAT) With the guidance of the Ministerial Training committee, we will be having a retreat to train interested youth in becoming Ministerial Lay Assistants for the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii. The three-day retreat will go over ritual, doctrinal and historical teachings as well as get the opportunity to deeply re-flect on how the teachings influence their daily lives. Participants will also get the opportunity to conduct their own service, including leading chanting and delivering a Dharma message. Upon completion of this retreat, participants will be presented with a Monto-shikisho and a certificate signed by the Bishop offi-cially recognizing them as Ministers Assistants at their respective temples. We would like to invite interested participants who are in High School through 35 years old. However, since the retreat requires participants to be active members of the temple who are willing to assist their minister; an approval from their respective minister will be required. The dates for the retreat will be from Saturday, May 25 to Monday, May 27 held at the Buddhist Study Center. For additional information, please e-mail Jake at youth@honpahi.org. Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii HEADQUARTERS UPDATE 1727 Pali Highway, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 Phone: (808) 522-9200 Fax: (808) 522-9209 Web: www.hongwanjihawaii.com Email: hqs@honpahi.org 12 Volume 7, Issue 4 OCEAN Page PROMOTION OF INTERFAITH HARMONY On February 2, 2013, Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii co-sponsored with the kind assistance of Hawaii Betsuin as the host site of a Hawaii Interfaith Harmony Week event planned by All Believers Network. Inter-faith Harmony Week is a United Nations Program intended to promote Interfaith Harmony around the World. At this Symposium, 14 Spiritual Traditions gathered to share their views and understanding to pro-mote religious harmony and understanding. The following is a partial report by the organizations President Dr. Saleem Ahmed. Bishop Eric Matsumoto represented the Buddhist Tradition at this Symposium. The fol-lowing excerpts are part of a report submitted by Dr. Saleem Ahmed about the Symposium which is taken from The Council for a Parliament of the World Religions blog. Speakers Shed Bias At Hawaiian Interfaith Harmony Week Symposium While its easy to highlight beauties of ones own religion and/or point fingers at others for the worlds problems, how often do we fault our religion? In the discussion that followed, it became clear that pas-sages of exclusion ... in ... discriminating religions had a contextual basis; a basis that might no longer be applicable. Instead of passing judgment against other religions based solely on a few selected passages of exclusion found in their sacred texts and ours, we should try to understand the context in which such pas-sages were revealed. ... Those passages were often replaced by other passages promoting inclusion. A whole new set of relationships evolves when followers of various religions recognize the spiritual similari-ties transcending religions. Then, ritualistic differences are readily accepted as culture-based observances which might even evolve further as humans transition from being Earth-based communities to becoming inter-galactic pioneers while still revering the same Reality. This paradigm shift in the way we look at our own religion from unquestioned acceptance to objective analysis and followers of other religions from lost souls to fellow travelers on the path to the same Destination can then strengthen our own interfaith quotient and inspire us to promote interfaith harmony. Another Interfaith Harmony event was held on February 7, 2013 spearheaded by Pacific Buddhist Acad-emy, with participation by students of St. Andrews Priory and Hawaii Betsuins Hongwanji Mission School Middle School. It took place at Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin. UH HILO DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD GIVEN TO BISHOP ERIC MATSUMOTO The University of Hawaii at Hilo honored Bishop Eric Matsumoto, Dr. Larry Kimura and Ms. Valerie Takata as Distinguished Alumni and also presented Mr. Gerald De Mello with the Distinguished Service Award. The Awards Banquet was held on February 22, 2013 at the UH Hilo Student Center Dining Room. Konawaena High School graduate Bishop Matsumoto graduated from UH Hilo in 1983. He was also the recipient of the prestigious Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship in 1983. Bishop Matsumoto became the 16th Bishop of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii in 2011. OAHU DISTRICT CELEBRATES SANGHA DAY On the first Sunday in March, the Oahu Hongwanji Council annually celebrates Sangha Day, a gathering of Oahu District temples. It was hosted this year by Wahiawa Hongwanji. The theme this was "A Sustainable Lifestyle, Eat Local" because of the extensive exposure in our local markets as well as the press. We had a presentation by Ho Farms with the brother and sister team of Neil and Shin Ho. This year's celebration also recognized Wahiawa's pioneering background in agriculture from the first Cali-fornia farmers to the Issei immigrants who worked on the pineapple plantations. They emphasized their desire to bring fresh produce to local consumers and their products are, for example, in Costco and Food-land. Many of us know their products, especially the cucumbers and tomatoes. Highlights of Honpa Hongwanji Mission of HawaiiHighlights of Honpa Hongwanji Mission of HawaiiHighlights of Honpa Hongwanji Mission of HawaiiHighlights of Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaiicontinuedcontinuedcontinuedcontinued 13 Volume 7, Issue 4 OCEAN Page Following the Ho presentation, participants had a choice of visiting three areas: 1. Visitation to the Leilehua High School Agricultural Learning Center (farm) 2. Lecture about a home hydroponics system by Ms. Karen Yamamoto 3. Games for children This Sangha Day brought together over 200 participants who learned they can become less dependent on imported products and support local farmers or even become small farmers themselves. We will then be-come more interdependent and help our island economy. Success is . . . participating in an event, educa-tion for yourself that can be passed on to others, and reflecting on Buddhist values and principles that we can use in our daily lives. HAWAII DISTRICT HOLDS GATHAFEST On February 24, 2013, Kona Hongwanji Buddhist Temple hosted the 39th Annual Hawaii District Gatha-Fest. Approximately 200 Sangha members from temples throughout the Big Island converged at our So-cial Hall for a fun-filled day of singing selected gathas and songs. Keeping in mind that in Buddhism, change or impermanence is a basic principle, we chose the Gatha-Fest Theme, Change in Style. Participants were encouraged to get creative with their song selections and/or instruments or they could choose traditional gathas. Several temples responded with changes. Honokaas Dharma Band performed two numbers accompanied by keyboard and guitar playing. Hilo Be-tsuins Dharma group sang two original gathas written and composed by BJ Soriano accompanied by a band of ukulele players. Kona Hongwanji and The United Jr. YBA sang gathas with Buddhistic words re-written by Daren Katayama to familiar tunes such as the Bon Dance song, Beautiful Sunday (re-titled Namanda Beautiful Sunday) and Lean on Me (re-titled Amida to Lean On) respectively. In addition, the required gatha which was sung by everyone in attendance was entitled Everybody Was Sutra Chanting. Again, Daren Katayama re-wrote the words to the tune Everybody Was Kung-Fu Fighting from the movie, Kung-Fu Panda. To add to the entertainment, the entire Sangha was asked twice to get on their feet and dance Gangnam Style! They were ably led by Kona Hongwanji Jr. YBA members, Michael Gusman and Trent Terada. Bishop Matsumoto and his family as well as all the Big Island Ministers in attendance were all good sports and gave their best rendition of the Korean celebrity Psy! Everyone had a blast!!! The world indeed was made a happier place that day with all of the voices singing out loud in harmony and Change in Style! (Article by Betty Takeoka) KAHUKU HONGWANJI MISSION CLOSED ITS DOOR The members and friends of Kahuku Hongwanji Mission (Minister: Rev. Kojun Hashimoto) gathered at the tem-ple to observe its closing service on December 31, 2012. For many years the Kahuku Hongwanji Mission provided spiritual comfort and consolation to the Japa-nese workers at the Kahuku Plantation. The Hongwanji Mission was established in Kahuku with ministers from Betsuin traveling to Kahuku. Due to the fervent desire, a decision to build a temple was made in October 1901. Construction was completed in May 1902 and the dedi-cation service was conducted in July 1902. The closing of Kahuku Hongwanji Mission (effective December 31, 2012) was formally approved at this years Giseikai. Highlights of Honpa Hongwanji Mission of HawaiiHighlights of Honpa Hongwanji Mission of HawaiiHighlights of Honpa Hongwanji Mission of HawaiiHighlights of Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaiicontinuedcontinuedcontinuedcontinued 14 Volume 7, Issue 4 OCEAN Page Highlights of Honpa Hongwanji Mission of HawaiiHighlights of Honpa Hongwanji Mission of HawaiiHighlights of Honpa Hongwanji Mission of HawaiiHighlights of Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaiicontinuedcontinuedcontinuedcontinued HAWAII BUDDHIST COUNCIL CELEBRATES BUDDHA DAY Hawaii Buddhist Council which is comprised of seven Japanese Buddhist Denominations will be observing Buddha Day to celebrate the birth of Shakyamuni Buddha on April 7, 2013 at Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin. The service will start at 9:00 am followed by entertainment at the Social Hall. Activity Booths, Game Booths, and Food Booths will be provided for all the family members to enjoy. Headquarters Book-store will open on that day. For more information, please contact HQ at 522-9200. PACIFIC BUDDHIST ACADEMY 7TH ANNUAL TAIKO FESTIVAL Please join us for the 7th Annual Taiko Festival, The Winds of Change, on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at the Mamiya Theatre at St. Louis School with performances at 2:00pm and 6:30pm. Celebrating our 10th Anniversary, the Pacific Buddhist Academy Ohana looks forward to many significant changes this year: The groundbreaking of our new classroom building, the retirement of founding Head of School Pieper Toyama and welcoming Robert Cody as our new Head of School. The Winds of Change hon-ors these milestones by reminding us of the impermanent nature of life and the importance of viewing change as an opportunity to learn and grow. How do we embrace the lessons of life when the winds of change blow? Through practice and performances, students develop teamwork, concentration, and self-discipline. Taiko serves as a reflective art which helps to ground students mentally, physically and spiritually. Under the direction of Sensei Jay Toyofuku, the students of Hyaku Sen Ki Kai Taiko (Many Rivers, One Ocean) strive to master the art of Taiko with diligence and gratitude. This year, we will be joined by special guest artists Ron Miyashiro and Laurie Rubin and will feature per-formances by Hongwanji Mission School Students as well as the 2012 KZOO Radio Karaoke Grand Cham-pion Amy Katsumoto and friends. Please contact the office at 532-2649 to purchase tickets or for more information. Mahalo! SADAKO CRANE EXHIBIT UPDATE In the October 2012 issue of the Headquarters Update, information about the donation of an actual crane/tsuru folded by Sadako Sasaki of Hiroshima by her Family to Hawaii was reported. Sadakos nephew, Mr. Yuji Sasaki, did the presentation at Pearl Harbor at a ceremony that was planned by the Ha-waii Federation of Jr. YBA and our Youth Specialist Jake Chang with the National Park Service. Prior to the presentation, Yuji Sasaki visited Hawaii Kyodan including Hongwanji Mission School and Pacific Buddhist Academy. Since September of last year, Honpa Hongwanji has been working together with other organi-zations in the community to realize the goal of creating a permanent display for the crane at the Valor of the Pacific Monument. At a recent meeting attended by our President Alton Miyamoto, plans for creating the permanent display were discussed and a plan has been proposed. We now need your support to cre-ate this display with the message of world peace. Shortly, HQs will be sending detailed information to Temples and Affiliated Organizations on how donations can be forwarded for this worthy cause-the pro-motion of world peace and harmony. DONATION TO HONPA HONGWANJI You can now make a donation to Honpa Hongwanji through online with your Credit Card. Please visit our website at www.hongwanjihawaii.com and click Donation to Honpa Hongwanji on the main page. Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and your donations are tax de-ductible to the maximum extent allowable by law. 15 Office Phone: 871-4732 Office Fax: 877-2640 April 2013 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 Hanamatsuri Procla-mationMayors office 2 3 4 5 (Office Closed) 6 (Office Closed) 7:30 a.m. Hosha 8:30 a.m. BWA Meeting 7 9 a.m. Central Maui Hanamatsuri @ Velma McWayne San-tos Community Center in Wailuku 8 6 p.m. Scouts Mtg 9 10 5:30 p.m. 4H Mtg 11 12 (Office Closed) 13 (Office Closed) 14 9 a.m. Family Service (Jr. YBA) 15 6 p.m. Scouts Mtg 16 17 18 19 (Office Closed) 20 (Office Closed) 7:30 a.m. Hosha Window Cleaning-Jr. YBA 11 a.m. MUBWA Assembly @ Danis 21 9 a.m. Family Service Hanamatsuri & Infants Initiatory Rites with Rev Ai Hironaka (Dharma School) 22 6 p.m. Scouts Mtg 6:30 p.m. Maui Hongwanji Council Mtg @KHM 23 6:30 p.m. Board of Directors Meeting 24 5:30 p.m. 4H Mtg 25 26 (Office Closed) 27 (Office Closed) 8:30 a.m. Hojukai 28 9 a.m. Family Service (BWA/Kyodan) 29 30 16 April Calendar of Events Kahului Hongwanji Buddhist Temple 291 South Puunene Avenue Kahului, Hawaii 96732 Address Service Requested Office: (808) 871-4732 Fax: (808) 877-2640 Email: kahului-hongwanji@hawaii.rr.com Website: http://kahuluihongwanji.org Minister-in-Charge Reverend Ai Hironaka Kyodan President Janet Shimada Office Secretary Sharon Higa Office Hours: Sunday-Thursday 8 am12 noon Fri-SatClosed Nokotsudo hours: daily 8 a.m.5 p.m. Hosha Saturday, April 6, 7:30 a.m. Saturday, April 20, 7:30 a.m. ********* BWA Meeting Saturday, April 6, 8:30 a.m. ********** Central Maui Hanamatsuri Service at Velma McWayne Santos Community Center Sunday, April 7, 9 a.m. ********** Hanamatsuri & Infants Initiatory Rites at KHM Sunday, April 21, 9 a.m. ********** Hojukai Saturday, April 27, 8:30 a.m. *********** Sunday Family Service Sundays, 9 a.m. ********** Dharma School Sundays after service *********** Scouts Meeting Mondays, April 8, 15, & 22, 6 p.m. *********** 4-H Meeting Wednesdays, April 10 & 24, 5:30 p.m. *********** Yoga Class For schedule contact Kallie Keith-Agaran *********** Non-Profit Organization U.S. Postage PAID PERMIT NO. 37 Kahului, Hawaii

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