Jodo Shinshu introduced to Hawaii.


The first group of 26 immigrants from Okinawa arrived in Hawaii.

Rev. Chiro Yosemori


Rev. Chiro Yosemori transferred from Waipahu Hongwanji to Hawaii Betsuin to begin religious services for Okinawan immigrants.

temple building on Houghtailing St.


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.

Shohei Miyasato


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. and Mrs. Yamasato with two children


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.

Fujinkai with Lady Ohtani


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.

formal photo of women seated with men standing behind and flags flying behind them


13th Memorial service (Irei No Hi) in Okinawa for all the war dead – military and civilian, American, Okinawan, and Japanese.

Ministers pose with shovels at the School St site prior to constuction


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.

formally dressed man and woman standing in front of engraved stone about 10' high


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 at his desk


Rev. Chikai Yosemori takes over as resident minister.

choir group photo


Jikoen Choir established.

Dr. Albert Miyasato


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 group photo


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.

Bishop Chikai Yosemori in orange robes wearing lei


Rev Chikai Yosemori is elected as the 12th Bishop of Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii, the first Bishop of Okinawan descent.

Rev. Bruce Nakamura in robes, bowing and smiling to sangha member


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 (clear background)


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.

image of Shinran Shonin on the page introducing the history section of the Jikoen 70th Anniversary Booklet (2008)
For a more complete history up to 2008, see the history section of the Jikoen 70th Anniversary Booklet (2008).