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Todaiji Hawaii 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.

Temple Services

Todaiji Hawaii will resume in person services starting on July 4, 2020. Please note that the following new guidelines will need to be observed for all who visit the temple:
Proof of Vaccination*
Wash hands thoroughly with soap
Everyone must wear a face covering
Social distancing must be maintained (6 feet apart) must be maintained, except for household members
One household  at a time for Osenko/Oshoko
If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or show any symptoms, please refrain from entering the temple until you are well again.  
If you would like to participate in the service via Zoom, please contact us, and we will send you the Zoom link and password.


Special Services

goma (fire ritual) 3rd Sunday of the Month


 Hanamatsuri (Buddha's birthday)(April)

Hyakumanben (Giant Prayer Beads)


 Obon July 13-15

Shoronagashi July 16th

Regular Service

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

Regular temple services are offered every Saturday and Sunday at 8:00 a.m., except for special services. Services are also offered on the 9th, 18th, 21st, 24th, and 28th of each month, unless such date falls on a Monday, Wednesday, or Friday, in which case, the service will be held on the prior day.

Goma (Fire Ritual) Service

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.


Making a Difference

Of you would like to make a donation, you may do so by clicking on the PayPal or Venmo buttons below.  


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 Chapter President of the Honolulu Junior Chamber International.



For a small donation, the temple offers personal and car omamori, o-fuda, and other items blessed during the Fudogoma service. Omamori are small amulets that provide various forms of luck or protection. O-fuda is a type of household amulet or talisman that is hung in the house for protection. The temple also offers Fudogoma blessed salt and water.


Contact Us

426 Luakini St,
Honolulu, HI 96817, USA

(808) 595-2083

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