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Jikoen Groups

Jikoen Buddhist Women's Association - The ladies of the Jikoen Buddhist Women's Association have been the backbone of the of Jikoen temple, not only in the kitchen but in all other activities as well. They organize various activities throughout the year and also have joint activities with Buddhist Women's Associations of the various temples.

Dharma School - Meeting on the first, second, and fourth Sundays, the Dharma School provide and introduction to Buddhism for elementary to high school students.

Jr. YBA - Sponsored by Honpa Hongwanji of Hawaii, Jikoen's Jr. YBA is  an affilliate of the United Honolulu Jr YBA. Members participate in a variety of activities that help strengthen their bonds with each other, help plan for the future, and help the community.

Lumbini Preschool - Established in 1964, Lumbini Preschool guides preschool students knowledge with activities such as Introduction of Academic Skills, (Language Development, Number Concepts, Beginning Reading Readiness), Science Discovery, Art and Crafts, Music, Creative Movements, Gross Motor and Fine Motor Development, Social-Emotional Development, and Excursions.

Jikoen Choir - Comprised of members of all ages, the Jikoen Choir was formed about thirty years ago as a way for members to learn more about Buddhist gathas. Choir director Lily Horio and choir organist Chihoko Yosemori hold practices twice a month before Sunday service and their beautiful voices can be heard at Jikoen’s major temple services such as Eitaikyo and Obon.

Other Affiliated Groups

Lum's Tai Chi Academy - Instructor Andrew Lum has been teaching Tai Chi since 1958 and Lum's Tai Chi Academy has been holding its weekly Tai Chi classes at Jikoen's hall for almost ten years. Every Tuesday evening from 7:30 to 9:00 PM, their class focuses on Tai Chi as a "health exercise" working on breathing and improved circulation and developing energy. For more information, please contact Jan Fujii at 721-8651.

Ukwanshin Kabudan - The Ukwanshin Kabudan is a non-profit performing arts and education group dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of Okinawan culture. Founded in 1999, the group now holds classes and workshops relating to various aspects of Okinawan history, language, and culture.

Young Okinawans

Hawaii Senbukan Karate Dojo - Hawaii Senbukan was founded in 1963, by the late Tomu Arakawa, a respected member of the Okinawan community. Its dojo or training facility, was at Jikoen temple’s former Houghtailing location, but it later moved to Jikoen’s present-day School Street location where classes are still conducted in Jikoen’s hall. Hawaii Senbukan Dojo is now led by Alan Lee who trained with Arakawa Sensei and has been with the Dojo for over thirty years. Lee Sensei and fellow teacher Kyle Nakasone, conduct weekly evening classes on Mondays and Thursdays from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. For more information about the classes, please contact Alan Lee at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Hongwanji Mission School - Hongwanji Mission School is a private coeducational school, Pre-school through Grade 8, located in the Nuuanu Valley, adjacent to downtown Honolulu. HMS is affiliated with the Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin. Their mission statement is "Developing children academically, physically, socially, and spiritually through programs guided by Buddhist values."

Pacific Buddhist Academy - Fully WASC/HAIS accredited, PBA is an independent college preparatory high school located right outside downtown Honolulu. PBA is a standards-based learning environment where a Buddhist approach to peace is integrated into all classes and activities.