Rimban Kazunori Takahashi
Rimban Kazunori Takahashi was born and raised in Nagato, Yamaguchi, Japan. He graduated from Ryukoku University in Kyoto, Japan, and received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Buddhist Studies.
He came to Hawaii in 2007 and was first assigned to Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin. After that, he served Kapaa Hongwanji from 2009 to 2014, Lihue Hongwanji from 2014 to 2018, and the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii Headquarters as the Executive Assistant to the Bishop from 2018 to 2021. He also served as a Jodo Shinshu Correspondence Course Instructor from 2015 to 2018 and as a Pacific Buddhist Academy chaplain from 2019 to 2021.
His new assignment at Hilo Betsuin is effective March 1, 2021. He has a wife, Noriko.
Reverend Daido Baba
Reverend Daido Baba was born in Miyazaki Pref. and grew up in Chiba Pref., Japan. Both parents are ministers at his family temple in Chiba Pref. He has three older brothers who are also ministers and will take over the family temple in the future. When Rev. Baba was a high school student, he participated in the YBICSE, Young Buddhist’s International Cultural Study Exchange Program, to experience Jodo Shinshu outside of Japan and went to Canada. After that, he became interested in serving as an overseas minister and studied at Ryukoku University. In November 2014 he was assigned to Hilo Betsuin as an associate minister.
He came to Hawaii with his wife, Aki, and two sons, Dojun and Doken. His daughter, Anna, was born in Hilo, Hawaii.
Reverend Joshin Kamuro
Rev. Joshin Kamuro is from Aso, Kumamoto in southern Japan. He is from a temple family. After graduating from Ryukoku University with the Bachelor’s Degree in Shin Buddhist Studies in 2001, he worked at the EKŌ-House of Japanese Culture, a division of BUKKYŌ DENDŌ KYŌKAI (Society for the Promotion of Buddhism) in Düsseldorf, Germany from 2001 to 2006. He returned to Japan in 2007 to further his study at Ryukoku University and completed his Doctoral Program in Shin Buddhist Studies in 2014. He participated in the IMOP (International Ministerial Orientation Program) in 2014. He received gakkai hokyō in 2015 and a Fukyōshi (Missionary) in 2019 from Nishi Hongwanji. He came to Hawaii in October 2015. He worked at the Hawaii Betsuin for about four years. His new assignment at the Hilo Betsuin is effective November 16, 2019. He and his wife, Minako, have a thirteen-year-old son. Their son, Yuma goes to Waiakea Intermediate School.