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Wailuku Shingon Mission

Rev. Hogan Yujiri founded what would latter be known as the Wailuku Shingon Mission in 1922. He first borrowed a spare room from a strong follower, Mr. Kaichi Konishi and established a temporary missionary center. When the opportunity arose he built the temple at present location.

In 1925, the name “Shushinzan Komyoji” was bestowed on to the temple. Wailuku Komyoji continues to this day, because the many ministers were able to carry out missionary activities due the strength of the congregation and the solid foundation of support laid down by the previous generations.

Lahaina Shingon Mission

The town of Lahaina prospered as the capital of the Hawaii in the 18th Century. After the capital was moved Lahaina declined, but after the ware due to resort development the old whaling town of Lahaina was revived.

Rev. Hogan Yujiri, from Yamaguchi Prefecture and who was a registered priest of the Daigo School of Shingon Buddhism, immigrated to Hawaii. While working on the sugar plantation, he slowly gathered believers in Odaishisama. In 1902, when the opportunity was right, he rented a 10ft.square house, and his followers started worship Odaishisama. This is the beginning of the Lahaina temple and is the oldest Shingon temple in Hawaii. The second head minister Rev. Horyu Fuchigami protected and guided the temple for twenty years. The third minister the Rev. Hogaku Koshiyama built a temple building ten meters in length and in 1926 the name “Mauisan Hokoji” was bestowed on the Temple.

The Lahaina Shingon Mission still remains in one corner of the town of Lahaina and the temple activities resolve around the Japanese community in Lahaina.

Kula Shofukuji Shingon Mission

The town of Kula is located about mid way up the slope Mt. Haleakala. Its rich grazing lands and vegetable farms stretch far and wide. The climate of Kula remind one of autumn in Japan.

Rev. Kakudo Nakatsukasa, under the direction of Rev. Hogan Yujiri, in 1906 with the cooperation of fellow believers in Odaishi-sama established a Daishiko in Kula. Later the Daishido was moved and rebuilt when a four-acre parcel of land was purchased. The name “Ryuunzen Shofukuji” was bestowed on to the temple during the term of Bishop of Koo Kameyama and was registered with the Shingon Mission of Hawaii.

With the support ofKula farmers, the Kula Shofukuji Obon is very popular with everyone in the community.

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