News & Announcements

Due to the increase of COVID-19 cases on Hawaii Island, Hilo Betsuin's Sunday Services are cancelled until further notice, effective Sunday, August 23, 2020.

We apologize for the short notice. Please understand that the health and safety of our members and community is our priority.

We will be sharing information on online services and dharma messages that can be attended virtually from the safety and comfort of your home.

Please continue to do your part for the health and safety of yourself and others by washing your hands, wearing your mask, and maintaining physical distance. We are all in this together!

The office and Nokotsudo (columbarium) will remain open on Sundays from 8:30am-12pm.

Please contact the temple office at (808)961-6677 if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you for your kindness and understanding during this difficult time. Please stay safe & healthy!

HDMA Online Dharma Messages

The Hawaii District Ministers Association (consisting of 13 Hongwanji temples on the Big Island) has teamed up to bring you weekly Online Dharma Messages! These prerecorded messages will be posted every Sunday at 9am through the end of June on Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin's and Puna Hongwanji's Facebook & YouTube accounts. Other Hawaii Island temples will also share the video post for followers to see.

Please join us for these special messages on either of our Facebook accounts or on our YouTube account.

Facebook: (Facebook account not needed to watch here.) (May need a Facebook account to watch on this page)


The Hawaii District Ministers Association is planning to continue these online messages until we able to return to regular in-person services. We hope that you will be able to enjoy these messages from the safety and comfort of your homes. Please share with friends, family, and anyone who may be interested!

Please contact for more information.

COVID-19 Notice (March 17, 2020)

Due to health and safety concerns with the current spreading of COVID-19, in-person Sunday Services and temple activities have been cancelled or postponed until after May 15, 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We are currently working to find alternative methods to share the dharma, so please stay tuned! Please feel free to contact the temple office at 961-6677, if you have any questions or concerns. Please read the official notice below.