Jikoen Buddhist Women’s Association

some Jikoen BWA members with Rev. Nishiyama; photo by Ruth TokumiThe Jikoen Buddhist Women’s Association (JBWA) is recognized for the strong, vibrant, joyful and hard-working women who make up its membership. From its beginnings in 1942, these women have passionately upheld the purposes of the organization: to promote and propagate Jodo Shin Buddhism; to participate in and support temple activities; to promote fellowship among the members; and to participate in activities that promote and improve the general welfare of the community.*

The women are present at every function, always working hard and always having a good time. Their work includes ranges rom the preparation of their special andagi (which is famous throughout the island), to their involvement in community service projects. The women find ways to make a difference by applying their creativity and expertise to a breadth of issues. Much of the funds raised by the JBWA are generously donated to support various projects and initiatives. In this way, the women of the JBWA exemplify dana, inspire with their strength, and touch others with their loving kindness. They serve as role models to the younger generations of Jikoen.

*HOSHA: A Pictorial History of Jodo Shinshu Women in Hawaii. (1989).

Dharma School

Dharma School children in ring holding a multicolored fabrcJikoen Hongwanji Dharma School provides students from pre-school to high school level with an introduction to Buddhism as well as to specific Jodo Shinshu teachings. Students can choose to participate in the family service by serving as MC, ringing the temple bell, and playing the organ. Other activities include arts and crafts, storytelling, and independent projects. The students also participate in activities sponsored by the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii’s Dharma School state and district programs, such as the popular “Keiki Day,” throughout the year. For more information specific to the temple’s Dharma School activities, please contact: jikoends@gmail.com

Jikoen Singers

If you enjoy singing, Jikoen’s informal group of singers offer a wonderful opportunity to share your joy. The group gathers before Sunday Services to sing Buddhist gathas under the guidance of Mrs. Chihoko Yosemori. At times the singers lead gathas during the Service to the enthusiastic support and appreciation of the members.

Koko Head Martial Arts Academy (KHMAA)

art - robed figure with long-necked birdThe practice of Tai Chi Chuan (Your Gateway to Health) is the most beneficial exercise for your health. Balance is the true secret power of life as the mind, body, and spirit must work together to achieve this. Our Tai Chi Chuan classes focuses on breathing, improved circulation, and developing energy.

Classes are held weekly at Jikoen’s hall every Tuesday nite from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. For more information about the classes, please call Annette Kim at 808-224-9670.

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.

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Hawaii Senbukan Karate Dojo

Hawaii Senbukan was founded in 1963, by the late Tomu Arakawa, a respected member of the Okinawan community.  Classes are conducted in Jikoen’s Social Hall.  Alan Lee is Chief Instructor of Hawaii Senbukan Dojo.  Lee sensei 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 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. For more information about the classes, please contact Alan Lee at goju@hawaii.rr.com.

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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.