Jodo Shinshu introduced to Hawaii.
The first group of 26 immigrants from Okinawa arrived in Hawaii.
Rev. Chiro Yosemori transferred from Waipahu Hongwanji to Hawaii Betsuin to begin religious services for Okinawan immigrants.
Houghtailing temple and dormitory are built with invaluable financial help from Hawaii Betsuin. “Jikoen” chosen as name for the new temple. Rev. Jikai Yamasato arrives to augment services and activities. Sunday School and Japanese classes begin.
Rev. Yosemori returns to Japan; Rev. Yamasato takes over when World War II begins. Rev. Yamasato is interned. Jikoen leaders successfully petition government to keep temple open. Jikoen is the first temple to re-open before the end of the war. Mr. Shohei Miyasato is lay leader of services. Rev. Hunt helps with Sunday School.
Rev Yamasato returns from internment and resumes a 43 year tenure at Jikoen. Jikoen is a center for relief efforts for war-ravaged Okinawa.
First meeting of Okinawan community group, Hui Makaala, conducted at Jikoen.
Jikoen Kyodan is organized and Fujinkai (forerunner of Jikoen Buddhist Womens Association- JBWA) is reactivated in a special ceremony with Lady Yoshiko Ohtani as officiant.
The Hawaii United Okinawa Association (HUOA) is established.
13th Memorial service (Irei No Hi) in Okinawa for all the war dead – military and civilian, American, Okinawan, and Japanese.
Relocation to School Street on leased Bishop Estate land. Jikoen Temple and Okinawan Memorial Hall dedicated. Lumibini Preschool established. Rev. Kiyoshi Matsukuma helps with English and Sunday School services and activities.
The largest Okinawan stone outside of Okinawa brought to Hawaii by the United States Navy and erected in commemoration of the 65th anniversary of the Okinawan Immigration to Hawaii – engraved on its face, SHIKAI KEI-TEI (All within the four seas are brothers) by Waseda University President, Dr. Nobumoto Ohana.
Rev. Chikai Yosemori takes over as resident minister.
Jikoen Choir established.
Dr. Albert Miyasato, Jikoen leader, becomes the first non-Betsuin lay leader to be elected head of the state association of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii.
Dharma School (formerly known as Sunday Schoo) is established.
Jikoen successfully purchased the temple land from Bishop Estate for $1.08 million.
Jikoen hosted delegates to the statewide Legislative Assembly to express its gratitude for all those who helped to raise the funds (3 ½ years effort) to purchase the temple land.
JBWA makes a trip to Europle.
Iterim minister Re. Akinori Morii arrives.
Rev Chikai Yosemori is elected as the 12th Bishop of Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii, the first Bishop of Okinawan descent.
Rev. Bruce Nakamura starts a seven year tenure.
A large contingent of members from the Jikoen Buddhist Womens Association (JBWA) attends the 12th World BWA Convention in Brazil. Chihoko Yosemori, as Hawaii’s representative, gives a rousing and well-received speech about the establishment of the Pacific Buddhist Academy.
Pacific Buddhist Academy opens.
Several Jikoen Dharma School students perform in “Pigs from the Sea” at the Blaisdell Concert Hall. The performance celebrated Jikoen’s and Okinawan community’s historical effort to send pigs to Okinawa after the devasting WW II Battle of Okinawa.
Rev. Shindo Nishiyama begins his tenure.
JBWA assists in hosting the 13th World Buddhist Womens Convention in Honolulu.
Jikoen celebrated its 70th Anniversary and the renovation of the columbarium completed by the Takeo and Sachiko Teruya family and fellow members.
Jikoen celebrated its 80th Anniversary and renewed its efforts to raise $1 million to install an elevator-lift, complete long overdue repair and renovation projects.