Hamakua Jodo Mission Working to Preserve History 

Jodie Chiemi Ching 

The Hamakua Jodo Mission, in Pa‘auhau Mauka on Hawai‘i Island, was the first sanctioned Buddhist temple in the state of Hawai‘i. It was built in 1896 at the epicenter of the five sugar plantations on the island, and served the community of Japanese contract laborers.

Today, it is a standing treasure honoring the Issei and preserving the history and values still relevant in today’s modern world. And there is one story that the members and volunteers of HJM are making sure will never be forgotten — the story of Katsu Kobayakawa Goto.

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