Sunday Service

Family Dharma Service

Due to the rise of COVID- 19 in our community, Sunday Services are cancelled through the end of September.

Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin Family Dharma services are held weekly on Sunday's beginning at 9:00 a.m. Dharma School follows immediately after the Family Dharma Service.

Hongwanji Major Services:

Hoonko (Founder Shinran Shonin’s Memorial Service/January)

Spring Higan (at Spring Equinox/March)

Gotan-e (Founder Shinran Shonin’s Birthday Service/May)

Obon (Gathering of Joy/July)

Autumn Higan (at Autumn Equinox/September)

Eitaikyo (Sangha Memorial Service/October)


Other Special Services:

Hanamatsuri (Birthday celebration for Shakyamuni Buddha/April)

Eshinni/Kakushinni Day service (Memorial service for Shiran Shonin’s wife and

daughter/April)

Bodhi Day (Celebration of Prince Siddhartha’ attainment of enlightenment as

Shakyamuni Buddha/December)


Monthly Memorial service

Scout Sunday service

Gakuen (Japanese school) service

Dharma School Awards service

Honor the Graduates service

Mother’s Day Appreciation service

Father’s Day Appreciation service

Keirokai &Intergenerational service

4-H Sunday service

Pet Memorial service

Veterans Appreciation service


BIBF (Big Island Buddhist Federation) joint service

Hanamatsuri (1 st Sunday in April)

Bodhi Day (1 st Sunday in December)


We also have New Year’s Eve service at 9pm and New Year’s Day 9am.