Mission Statement

Having been awakened to the Compassion of Amida Buddha's Universal Vow (Namo Amida Butsu) and rejoicing in the assurance of Buddhahood, we gratefully endeavor to live a life of service to others.


With over 500+ member families, the Hilo Betsuin's members enjoy a large array of activities and events that bring together families and friends to work and play together. Our Jodo Shinshu Teachings reflect on living and spreading the Dharma. By following the Eight-fold Path and embracing the Four Noble Truths, members learn to  live each day fully and richly.

Our Sangha includes the following temple organizations: the Kyodan Council, Board of Buddhist Education, Board of Trustees and Board of Spiritual Affairs. Our Affiliate Groups include the Buddhist Women's Association (BWA), Young Buddhist Association (YBA), the Jr. YBA, Hoyukai, Judo, 4-H, Gakuen, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, Kyodan Choir and Pre-School. 

All are invited to participate in our activities!  Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin welcomes everyone!

Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin


398 Kilauea Avenue

Hilo, Hawaii 96720

Phone number: (808) 961-6677

Fax number: (808) 935-9677

Office Hours

Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Closed for lunch 12-1 p.m.

Saturday:  8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Sunday: 8:00 a.m. - 12 noon

Columbarium Hours

The Columbarium is accessible only during the following hours (please see office for key):

Monday–Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Sunday: 8:00 a.m. - 12 noon

(There may be other exceptions on Weekends/Holidays)

If you come after hours with flowers, please leave them near the sink area and a minister will place them in the columbarium later on. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Contact our Ministers

Rimban Kazunori Takahashi:  ktakahashi@honpahi.org

Rev. Joshin Kamuro:  jkamuro@honpahi.org