Buddhist Women's Assoc.

Purpose:  To follow Shinran Shonin, who sought to live a life of truth, to appreciate fully the blessings of human existence, to thoroughly hear the primal vow of the Buddha and to diligently strive to live the life of Nembutsu as Buddhist Women.

Open to all women!  No longer required to be a HHHB Kyodan Gojikai dues paying member. 



Please click on the link above to view the World Buddhist Women's Invitational video

  BWA Annual Long-Term Care Visitation

 On July 2, 2018, nine Buddhist Women Association members and Rimban Shindo Nishiyama visited Life Care Center of Hilo, Hawaii Island Adult Care Center, Hilo   Medical Center Extended Care, Yukio Okutsu Veteran’s Home and Hale Anuenue Restorative Care Center.

    Sue Okunami and Wilma Kawasaka         co-chaired the Annual Long Term Care    Visitation.  This year Karen Maedo, Carolyn Mizuno, Aiko Nakamura, Sue Okunami,    Lillie Tsuchiya. Carole Tsutsumi, Lillian Watanabe, Yuri Yahiro, Wilma      Kawasaka and Rimban Nishiyama  visited the care  facilities.

     Carole Tsutsumi, Chair of Sewing Circle, cut all the fabric.  Sewers this year were Roxanne Aburamen, Yukie Kunihiro, Bessie Kubo, Carolyn Mizuno, Asayo Naguwa, Susan Nishioka, Ellen Okano, Sue Okunami, Akiko Sadahira, Lynette Takajo and Lillian Watanabe.

     BWA donated 165 lap blankets and 170 wheel chair bags.  They also donated lap blankets to Hawaii CareChoices (Hospice) and lap blankets and wheel chair bags to Legacy of Hilo. 

     This year again the group led by Rimban Nishiyama and accompanied on the ukulele by BWA        President Karen Maedo  entertained the facilities with group singing of “Hail, Hail, The Gang’s All Here”, “Haru Ga Kita”, “Musunde Hiraite” and “You Are My Sunshine”.  The clients were happy and grateful to receive the lap blankets and wheel chair bags.  They were also happy to sing along with Rimban      Nishiyama and the BWA women.




We did it!  The BWA wishes to thank our Sangha and Friends who generously donated so much to make our sale the “Merrie Monarch of all Garage Sales.”  40-50 helpers, both members and friends, spent two weeks setting up and pricing the bounty, making new friends along the way.

Temple affiliates—the Judo Club and Scouts—provided needed manpower before and after this large event. The sweat equity cannot be measured; however, the positive effects of working together stand out clearly.

Funds raised enable the BWA to continue to support youth groups, affiliates and worthy temple projects as well as respond to the needs of our wider community.  Chairs Jane Iida and Karen Maedo convey deep gratitude to all who contributed to this one and only BWA fundraiser. 


BWA ladies stand with their beautiful indigo items and instructor Kim Springer (2nd from left). The art is known as Shibori