New to the Temple?

Interested in Mililani Hongwanji Buddhist Temple? Great! Here's some info to get you started. Please know everyone and anyone is welcome to our temple, even if it's just for a visit.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of Buddhism does this temple practice?

We practice Jodo Shinshu (or Shin) Buddhism. More specifically the Hongwanji-ha (or Nishi Hongwanji) sub sect. To learn more, please visit our web page titles "Jodo Shinshu Buddhism"

What does Hongwanji mean?

Hongwanji means “Temple of the Primal Vow", referring to an important aspect of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism.

Do I need to be Buddhist or speak Japanese to attend this temple?

No, absolutely not. We welcome people of all backgrounds to our temple. Our temple community is diverse, just like the melting pot Hawaii is.

While some of our chants are in Japanese due to the origins of this denomination, "...they are not chanted for comprehension. Rather, it is a symbolic gesture of listening to the Dharma and is considered a form of mindfulness." - Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii

What do I do if I have more questions?

Please have a look around our website, where we provide some basic info about our temple, community, and religion.

If our website doesn't have the information you are looking for, please feel free to contact or visit us. We'd be happy to help you!


95-257 Kaloapau Street
Mililani, HI