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Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin Company History Timeline

1899

By December 1899, first Bishop Hoji Satomi and his nephew Rev.

1900

Delayed by the plague and the fire, the formal dedication of the new temple finally took place on November 20, 1900.

1904

Bishop Imamura had a strong role in settling the Waipahu strike in 1904.

1918

The current Betsuin Temple main Hondo and basement offices were dedicated in July 1918.

1921

In October of 1921, Ernest and Dorothy Hunt, two people in sympathy with Buddhist perspectives were asked to teach the young people of Japanese ancestry in Hilo.

1923

In 1923 a new YMBA building was built on Fort Street for 63,000.

1933

After a brief interim tenure of Bishop Zuigi Ashikaga, who arrived in October of 1933, Honzan appointed the Reverend Gikyo Kuchiba to be the next Bishop.

1941

Bishop Kuchiba s six-year term ended with the fateful attack on Pearl Harbor in December of 1941.

On December 7, 1941, the Buddhist community was busily preparing for Bodhi Day services at various temples.

1946

Since that first election in 1946, a democratic process in which minister and lay representatives assembled to choose their spiritual head every three years has selected all sequent bishops.

1947

The Honolulu YMBA retained the name until 1947, when it was renamed Young Buddhist Association of Honolulu.

1949

In 1949, one of the most momentous decisions made by the Hongwanji after the war was the adoption of a proposal to establish the Hongwanji Mission School, the first Buddhist, English grade school.

1952

In 1952 Monshu Kosho Ohtani and Lady Yoshiko Ohtani Visited Hawaii for the first time and spent 42 grueling days touring all the islands and participating in memorial services, confirmation rites, and receptions.

1954

They returned to Hawaii again in 1954 to officiate at the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Hongwanji in Hawaii.

1975

In 1975, the Giseikai Legislative Assembly approved a reorganization plan that separated the offices of the Bishop and the Hawaii Betsuin Rimban Chief Minister , with the Bishop to appoint the Rimban.

1989

Project Dana is an interfaith volunteer caregivers program started in 1989 and sponsored by Moiliili Hongwanji Mission.

1998

In 1998, the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii was fortunate enough to host a statue of Rennyo Shonin sent from Yamashina Betsuin.

2003

In the fall of 2003, with the encouragement of Bishop Chikai Yosemori, the Pacific Buddhist Academy opened its doors to the first class of fourteen students.

2007

On April 18, 2007, Governor Linda Lingle signed the bill, making Hawaii the first state in the United States of America to recognize September 21 as Peace Day.

2009

Most text on this page comes from a history prepared for the the 120th anniversary of the Honpa Hongwanji in Hawaii in 2009.

2016

In 2016, the school will graduate its tenth class of seniors and begin construction of a new classroom building.

2019

The 30th Annual Hiroshima Commemoration and Peace Service Ceremony was held August 6, 2019, at Izumo Taishakyo Mission of Hawaii in Honolulu s Chinatown.

2020

Interlinked Understanding the Origins and Evolution of American Buddhism The Buddhist Study Center will offer Interlinked Understanding the Origins and Evolution of American Buddhism, a free online Buddhist study class series on June 22-26, 2020 from 5 00 p.m. to 7 00 p.m.

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