To promote fellowship/friendship among members via activities which foster growth in the Dharma, within our Sangha and outside our temple community.

H O Y U K A I     H I G H L I G H T S


The monthly Hilo Betsuin Hoyukai meeting was held on August 8, 2018.  The Dharma Service, conducted by Rev Baba, started with a moment of silence and reflection to honor our member Russell OdaRev. Baba then described Russell’s contribution to the temple and the community.  He will be remembered by his outgoing personality, his genuine smile and the bounty of humorous speeches and jokes.  May he rest in peace with Amida Buddha.  Russ is now the Enlightened One.

Rev. Baba then reflected on his life...he now lives in the “great white house” next to the hondo.  His talk was mostly about the large space that everyone has and now, the task of cleaning a larger environment.  The highlight was his special “bonding” with his children in the furo.  Now everyone can bathe together, sharing about what happened during the day, soaking and relaxing the body and mind.

A short meeting followed.  After the previous meeting minutes were approved,

the treasurer’s report was circulated and approved.  We have a negative budget so far, but Quince said it will be made up by the November craft sale.

The Peanut Butter Ministry was held on July 31.  Thank you to Group III, Helen & Joe Tanaka, Roland & Laurie Higashi, Sandy Taniguchi and Mel Otani.  October 30 is the next gathering of helping hands by Group II.

Food Handlers Workshop was held on July 24 with a number of members in attendance.

Nominating Committee (Ed Hara, Byron Fujimoto, Karen Maedo, Glenn Tomori and John Pascual) will submit a slate of officers/directors for 2019  Anyone wanting to serve, please contact any of the above.

For our program for the evening, we were honored to have Sinaj to talk about his faith, Islam.  He highlighted with his presentation of The Five Pillars, the most important Muslim practices.  They represent the five obligations that every Muslim must satisfy in order to live a good and responsible life according to Islam.  The Five Pillars consist of: Shahadah, sincerely reciting the Muslim profession of faith; Salat, performing ritual prayers in the proper way five times each day; Zakat, paying alms (or charity) tax to benefit the poor and the need; Sawm, fasting during the month of Ramadan; Hajj, pilgrimage to Mecca. Carrying out these obligations provides the framework of a Muslim's life, and weaves his everyday activities and beliefs into a single cloth of religious devotion. No matter how sincerely a person may believe, Islam regards it as pointless to live life without putting that faith into action and practice. Carrying out the Five Pillars demonstrates that the Muslim is putting their faith first, and not just trying to fit it in around their secular lives.

Special thanks to Jean Tung, Jan Higashi, Sue Okunami and May Murakami for donating the desserts for the “social/talk story” time.


Russell Oda funeral assistance:  Choba: Shizuho Ota, Janet Iida, Jean Tung, Jane & Marvin Iida.  Refreshments: Portia Hara, Phyllis Hayama, Wilma Kawasaka, Janet Iida, Hazelyn Amano, Sue Okunami, Jean Tung, Annie Aoki, Helen Tanaka, Jane Iida.  If you would like to contribute, please contact Jane Iida.

Hoyukai Keirokai:  Wednesday, September 12 in the Sangha Hall. Service at 6:00 pm.; dinner and program to follow. Honorees, no charge.  All others, $5.00 per person.  Honorees: members who attain 75, 80, and 88 years of age during 2018.  Also to be recognized are those who are 90 years old and older.


The Hoyukai meets the second Wednesday of each month in the Sangha Hall conference room or the Sangha Hall. Open to all!  Contact us at info@hilobetsuin.org


BJ Soriano,
Nov 20, 2017, 5:12 PM