Makawao Hongwanji Buddhist Temple will be closed from March 25, 2020,
in compliance with the declaration of a public health emergency by the County of Maui.


Makawao Hongwanji Buddhist Temple is Open on a Limited Basis

Out of an abundance of caution and in consideration of the health and well-being of our kupuna elders and the greater community of Maui, Makawao Hongwanji Mission had previously suspended all activities at the Temple, including our affiliated organizations (Judo, Scouts and Cub Scouts, Japanese Language Classes, BWA, Sewing Class, Senior Program, etc.) and resumption of activities will depend upon County of Maui directives. All activities will follow strictly CDC, State of Hawaii, County of Maui, Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii directives.


Live-streaming of Services & Buddhist Education

Sunday Service, Sunrise Service, and Chanting the Shōshinge are live-streamed from the Temple Hall.

Buddhist Study Classes, Seminars, and Workshops will be offered via video-conferencing.


The Nokotsudo (Columbarium) is open daily, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (HST)

The Columbarium (Nokotsudo) was re-opened on June 1, 2020.
Hand sanitizer is available at the entrance, please disinfect door handles when entering and exiting, and we strongly encourage all visitors to practice social distancing. No more than five (5) people in the Columbarium at one time.


In-Person Funeral & Memorial Services are Limited to Private Gatherings of 10 or Less and Live-Streaming is Available upon Request

Please contact the Temple Office or Resident Minister for more information, consultation, and scheduling.

No Garage Sale Donations

The temple is not accepting donations for garage sale at this time. Mahalo for your understanding.


Temple Office is Restricted to Essential Activity

The Temple Office is open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for essential activity only. We strongly encourage everyone to stay well and strictly enforce COVID-19 protocols for all visitors.


Minister is Available 24x7

Rev. Kerry Kiyohara remains available 24x7 for urgent end-of-life religious services and visitations (as permitted by the facilities involved), consultation, and counseling. Please email Rev. Kerry at or call (808) 572-7229 (after hours, listen to the answering machine message for urgent contact details).



If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Temple Office and leave a message at (808) 572-7229,
or via email at




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