Gakuen (Japanese Language School)

Contact us at info@hilobetsuin.org

    The Gakuen (Japanese Language  School) teaches the Japanese language and fosters values of education in daily life and strives to develop an understanding and appreciation of Japanese culture and Buddhist traditions.  
    The Gakuen Japanese School at the HHHB is an after school language program for school children ages 6-18. Using the immersion method, the school offers unique teaching in the four main areas of language: reading, writing, comprehension and conversation.  Along with the language training, students also learn about Japanese culture and develop character building skills.

    The Hilo Betsuin Gakuen participated in the Hanashikata event in Honolulu on April 22, 2017.  Students   showcased their Japanese Language speaking and presentation skills.                                                                          

The event was open to students statewide, K-12 grades.  This year was special because all three graduating 8th graders were able to perform together, in a skit-like  dialogue written by their sensei. They are instructed by Masako Ryan, Gakuen teacher. Sensei Ryan  accompanied them to Oahu where they performed and later celebrated their stellar performance at the Wet and Wild Water Park. These three students graduated from Hilo Hongwanji Gakuen 8th Grade on May 26, 2017.


 
 


 








 

Gakuen Sunday Service scheduled for Sunday, April 8, 2018:

Cultural appreciate day held in early March.  The Gakuen students also decorated the office window using a Girls' Day theme.   Also hosted guests from a hight school Sendai Japan this past March..  The Sendai students wore their school uniforms and introduced their town and school using PowerPoint.   They also taught our Gakuen students their traditional dance style and performed a hula auana.  Students in the 4th and 5th grade practiced their Japanese with the students and the 7th and 8th graders learned about the earthquake and tsunamis in Hawai'i. 

On  April 28 the 8th graders competed in the Honolulu speech contest.  

Graduation is slated for May 30th. 



REGISTERING FOR GAKUEN 

Registration for Gakuen in grades 1-2 takes place by notifying the temple office.  Application is also available below. Click on PDF file.  Fees for registering and PTA is $15.   Checks are payable to Hilo Hongwanji Gakuen.

    
Fee Schedule: 

Tuition: $55 month

Multiple child discount:                      

First child - $55, Second child-$52.25 and Third child - $52.25.

Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin Gojikai members, there is a 10% discount on tuition.

Cost of textbooks and learning materials will be assessed after the school year starts.

PTA (Fukei Kyoshikai) and Activity Fee of $5.00 per child per school year will be collected. Fees are used to pay for costs for goodies and treats on various occasions. 

Students at Waiakea Waena and Waiakea Elementary and Intermediate schools may elect to take advantage of the Hele-on-bus service for transportation. For a monthly fee, students are issued passes and transported from the school grounds to the temple. Contact the Mass Transit Agency at 961-8343 for more information.

Classes are held Mon. - Fri. for 40 minute sessions.  First bell starts at 2:45 p.m. (M-F) and 1:45 p.m. (Wed.) for new beginning students.  Returning students attend either 2nd or 3rd bell schedules. 

Once a month, a special assembly is held for the students at the beautiful Hondo temple. Here they will have the opportunity to meet the ministers, listen to positive moral stories and learn about basic conduct and customs as pertaining to Buddhism.

Every other month, one class day is set aside for cultural appreciation day. On this day, the students learn calligraphy, Japanese arts and crafts, songs and games along with the ability to watch performances in Kendo, a Japanese martial art and Taiko, an ancient ceremony using drums. By experiencing native culture, the students gain a better understanding of Japan and its language. 

An application may be downloaded by clicking on the file below: 



 



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BJ Soriano,
Jul 3, 2017, 3:27 PM
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