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2018 Jodo Mission of Hawaii’s Bon Dance

Jodo Mission of Hawaii’s bon dance is today Friday August 17 and tomorrow Saturday August 18, 2018 from 4:30 PM to 9:30 PM. Food booths starts at 4:30 PM, Jizo bon prayer is at 5:45 PM, Taiko performance by Dragon Beat is at 6:00 PM, and bon dancing begins at 6:30 PM. Jodo Mission of Hawaii is located at 1429 Makiki Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814.

Here, I’m with Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith M. Kaneshiro at Jodo Mission of Hawaii’s bon dance in 2012.


#jodomissionofhawaii #jodoshuhawaii #jodomission #jodoshu #bondance #obon #buddhism #honolulu #hawaii

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Keep writing the story of your life!

Keep writing the story of your life!!! Next chapter!!!

#business #law #entrepreneurship #aviation #construction #entertainment #concerts #writing #novels #books #exercise #love #romance #friends #family #life #peace #hawaii #world #quote #quotes


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Jodo Shu Hawaii Fujinkai’s “Thank You” Party on Sunday November 19, 2017

Had fun at Jodo Shu Hawaii Fujinkai’s “Thank You” party on Sunday November 19, 2017 in Honolulu, Hawaii. We played a memory game for 22 things in a box, Jan Ken Po and grab bag drawing. For lunch we had dim sum – Chinese food.

#jodomission #jodoshu #jodomissionofhawaii #jodoshuhawaii #fujinkai #buddhism #party #honolulu #hawaii


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“The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing” by Al Ries & Jack Trout

I finished reading “The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing” by Al Ries & Jack Trout late this morning of November 18, 2017 at Starbucks in Pearl City, Hawaii. I learned about this book through Tim Ferriss who is an entrepreneur, author, podcast host, and investor. Super good! Very applicable! My mind is churning up stuff that I’m putting into words with my MacBook Pro.

#the22immutablelawsofmarketing #alries #jacktrout #timferriss #book #books #marketing #business #starbucks #pearlcity #hawaii

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Progress of Concrete Repairs & Painting for Jodo Mission of Hawaii.

At 9:00 A.M. Hawaii Standard Time on Saturday November 18, 2017, we, the board of directors of Jodo Mission of Hawaii inspected the concrete repairs and painting of our temple at Honolulu, Hawaii with a manager of Eko Painting & Concrete just before our first progression payment. Gaining ground. We’re happy with the progress!!!

#jodomissionofhawaii #jodoshuhawaii #jodomission #jodoshu #concreterepairs
#painting #contractors #honolulu #hawaii


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We can spread peace with simple acts of kindness

I’m feeling much happier today, September 18, 2017 after feeling anxiety in my personal life and career for the past 11 days or so.  At 8:00 A.M., I had the first part of my annual physical at the hospital.  Throughout the morning, I was texting my business partners in a different time zone/country.  Then at 10:00 A.M., I took the minutes of the Hawaii Buddhist Council (Higashi Hongwanji, Mission of Hawaii, honda Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii, Jodo Mission of Hawaii, Koyasan Shingon Mission of Hawaii, Nichiren Mission of Hawaii, Soto Mission of Hawaii, and Tendai Mission of Hawaii) as it Secretary for 2017.  After the meeting, Jodo Mission of Hawaii Bishop Emeritus Gensho Hara gave me a gift.  Next, I reviewed and signed an EPA review for the repair and maintenance that we are contracting a Hawaii company to repair and repaint our buildings for Jodo Mission of Hawaii.  Also, I reviewed a trust from a deceased member of Jodo Mission of Hawaii who was the secretary for my political influencer, Governor John A. Burns, and she had left some money for our organization.

When I returned home, I received a couple of good news from my business partner who I was texting in the morning in regards to traction for our project.  Then I opened my gift from Bishop Gensho Hara, and was so delighted to see this glass display of Buddha.  As President of Jodo Mission of Hawaii for 7 years, I was fortunate to have worked with Bishop Hara who served as Bishop for 8 years.  He has shared with my so many teachings of compassion, and touching stories of people who have come to his temple at Lahaina, Maui from different walks of life and with diverse ethnicities.  They sought refuge from life’s problems, and prayed/meditated for strength to attain inner peace.  One 30-something-year-old Vietnamese woman prayed everyday at about 5 A.M. before the large statue of Buddha at his temple, and she’s now becoming a leader of Buddhism on the U.S. mainland.  A middle-aged Caucasian male who was a U.S. military veteran of the Vietnam War would visit him, enjoying the rice that Bishop Hara’s wife made.  He was sad with the passing of his wife a couple of years ago, and ended up shooting himself to death.  It’s these touching stories that taught me the importance of love, compassion, empathy, mindfulness, and gratitude.  When I told Bishop Hara that someday, after I make money, I can do more, he would gently shake his head with a slight smile – I understood his gesture, that even our simple acts of kindness can go very far to touch another’s soul.  We can spread peace, even without money.

#peace #innerpeace #compassion #empathy #love #mindfulness #gratitude #aloha #buddhism #jodoshuhawaii #jodomissionofhawaii #jodoshu #jodomission


Bishop Gensho Hara and I at the Hawaii Council of Jodo Missions 41st Biennial Convention


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Hawaii Council of Jodo Missions 41st Biennial Convention

Hawaii Council of Jodo Missions 41st Biennial Convention took place at Jodo Mission of Hawaii in Honolulu, Hawaii on September 25, 16, and 17. In this statewide organization, I’ve been serving as Chair of the Bishop Nominating Committee since I believe 2007. Bishop Gensho Hara decided to step down and Rev. Yubun Narashiba was elected as Bishop.
#hawaiicouncilofjodomissions #jodoshu #jodomission #honolulu #hawaii #buddhism

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