Gakuen (Japanese Language School)


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.

Registering For Gakuen

Interested new students should mail/bring application to temple office. Please click on the PDF file below to view the Gakuen Handbook. It provides information about all areas of Gakuen (Japanese School)

Application is also available below. Click on PDF file. Fees for registering and PTA is $15. Checks are payable to Hilo Hongwanji Gakuen.


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.