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Hawaii Todaiji Bekkaku Honzan

About Us

Located in the heart of Nu'uanu, Todaiji Hawaii, now known as Todaiji Hawaii Bekkaku Honzan was founded in 1953 by Bishop Tatsusho Hirai.The temple was originally an affiliate branch of the main Todaiji Temple located in Nara, Japan, but became its own temple and is considered the main branch in the United States.  Todaiji Hawaii Bekkaku Honzan services long-time members, and welcomes new members to join.


Special Services

Goma (fire ritual) 3rd Sunday of the Month

Joya no Kane(108 Bell Strike) Dec 31

New Year's Service January 1 till end of month

HoshiMatsuri and Setsubun February

 Hanamatsuri (Buddha's birthday) April

Shomu Tennosai May and October

 Obon July 13-15

Shoronagashi July 16th

Ohigan (Spring and Autumn Equinox) 

Dates Vary Yearly  

Hyakumanben (Giant Prayer Beads)

For Specific dates and times please feel free to call or email. 

Weekly Service

Saturdays and Sundays at 8:00 a.m.. except for special services.

First Saturday- Temple cleaning

Second Sunday- Otaki (Waterfall Meditation)

Third Sunday- Fudo Goma (Fire Service)

Fourth Saturday- Brass Polishing 

Fourth Sunday- Sutra Studies

Fifth Weekend- TBD

Third Sunday of each month

The goma (fire ritual) service is scheduled on the third Sunday of each month. At the goma service, members are invited to pray for the achievement of one's wishes, including greater purification, peace to the household, prosperity to the business, health, and longevity.

About Bishop Cosmo Hirai

Bishop Cosmo Hirai is a third generation Bishop of Todaiji Hawaii Bekkaku Honzan. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Psychology, with a minor in Japanese. Currently serves as Chairman of the Honolulu Junior Chamber International, and VP of International Relationship of JCI Hawaii.



Making a Difference

Any donation is appreciated and will help us towards our goal of spreading peace and happiness for humanity. 

Your donation will also help with the restoration of Todaiji Temple

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Contact Us

426 Luakini St,
Honolulu, HI 96817, USA

(808) 595-2083

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