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February 2015 The Newsletter of Mililani Hongwanji Volume 38 Issue No. 2
1 Sun 7:30 -10:30 AM Ki-Aikido Car Wash Fundraiser
1 Sun 9:00 AM Joint Memorial & Family Service (BWA DANA DAY)
BWA Meeting Following the Service
1 Sun 9:00 AM Movie with Dennis Sekine/Jr. YBA Meeting at 11:30 AM
3 Tue 7 PM--10 PM Movie Night -'Ike: Knowledge is Everywhere (see announcement)
6 Fri 7:30-8:30 PM Mindful Meditation
8 Sun 9:00 AM Family Service & Dharma School (Scout Sunday)
8 Sun 10:30-12N AED Training (Automated External Defibrillator)
11 Wed 7:30 PM Kyodan Board Meeting
13-14 Fri-Sat 103rd Legislative Assembly (Giseikai), Aloha Luncheon/Living Treasures
15 Sun 9:00 AM Family Service & Dharma School
20 Fri 5-11PM Mililani High School Carnival - Mililani Hongwanji Booth
21 Sat 8:00 AM Adopt-A-Highway
21 Sat 8:30 AM BWA Hosha Group 2
21 Sat 11 AM-11 PM Mililani High School Carnival - Mililani Hongwanji Booth
22 Sun 9:00 AM Family Service & Dharma School
22 Sun 11 AM-6 PM Mililani High School Carnival - Mililani Hongwanji Booth
23 Mon 7:00 PM Oahu District Buddhist Education Meeting at Mililani Hongwanji
24 Tue 8:30--12:30 PM Flower Arrangement Class
24 Tue 7:30 PM 2nd Bazaar Meeting
26 Thu 9:00 AM Lotus Connection
28 Sat 7:00 AM No-Host Kyodan Breakfast at Zippy's: All Welcome
1 Sun 8:30 AM SANGHA DAY @Pearl City Hongwanji
6 Fri 7:30--8:30 PM Mindful Meditation
8 Sun 9:00 AM Joint Memorial & Family Service (BWA Meeting/Luncheon After Service)
10 Tue 8:30--12:30 PM Flower Arrangement Class
11 Wed 7:30 PM Kyodan Board Meeting
15 Sun 9:00 AM Family Service & Dharma School
19 Thu 9:00 AM Lotus Connection
21 Sat 8:30/10:00 AM BWA Hosha Group 3/Hospital Visitation
22 Sun 9:00 AM Family Service & Dharma School (Project DANA 20th Anniversary)
Speaker: Dr. Michael Cheang
24 Tue 7:00 PM Movie Night - Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (see announcement)
28 Sat 7:00 AM No-Host Kyodan Breakfast At Zippy's: All welcome
28 Sat 10:00 AM Mililani Hongwanji Bazaar
29 Sun 9:00 AM Spring Higan Service & Dharma School/Speaker: Rev. Yuika Hasebe
Sustaining Sustainability As one who seldom seeks movies for information or even entertainment, I saw two movies within a span of two months. This is more than I usually see in a year. Both documentaries are getting the attention of those who have an interest in or concern for contemporary social, political, educational, environmental or health issues and all things that matter to the human being. ‘Ike, Knowledge is Everywhere takes a look at examples of successful practices in Hawaii’s education. It is a sequel to Ola, Health is Everything. Both films showcase all things that work for us where we live, thus sustain us. Cowspiracy, the Sustainability Secret,* is the personal journey of a filmmaker who was in-spired by Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. This is an example of compelling circumstances and events that influences an individual’s choice. Humility and gratitude are themes that underscore both documentarians and their crew as they make their work available to all. It is about affecting change to make a difference both within ourselves and with all that surrounds us. Each year, our organization selects and features a five year theme with related annual slogans that aim to inspire and sustain us as we step on the moving Nembutsu pathway. This year we are guided by the words, Embrace Change; Awareness (Seek Opportunities). These words have no inherent power in and of themselves, nor do these words create any concrete example of reality. Fortunately, we are able to create a reality for ourselves because we have this existence and accompanying experiences, the capacity, and willingness to do so. These elements are sourced with a grateful heart and a humble mind, the energy that fuels and compels change that sustains us. When we are moved into action by humility and gratitude, we are one with the teachings. *Cowspiracy, The Sustainability Secret screening is open to the public at Mililani Hongwanji on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 beginning at 7:00 pm.
President’s Corner Aloha members and friends, On February 12th, several of our members will be attending the “Rap Session” in the evening before the annual (103rd) Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii’s Legislative Assembly (Giseikai). The topic of this year’s Rap Session will be the organization of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii (HHMH) and how the HHMH can better serve the temples, mem-bers, and to share the Dharma and Jodo Shinshu in Hawaii. Over the years, the needs of the temples and members have likely changed and I encourage you to discuss and share your thoughts with our temple leaders to help us better understand various viewpoints, concerns, and ideas. In my President’s address for 2015, I shared an assessment of the temple, including the Planning Committee, Milila-ni Hongwanji “Identity”, Communication and Technology, Membership, Facilities Master Plan, Buddhist Education, Services, 40th Anniversary, Community Outreach, and Sustainment. As we move forward, I humbly ask for your support and assis-tance and welcome any ideas (and healthy criticism) that you may have. Our 40th Anniversary Committee will be participating at Mililani High School’s carnival which will be held on February 20-22. Mililani Hongwanji will have a booth to sell items to
raise funds for the 40th Anniversary and if you are able to help please contact Vice President Rene Mansho to sign up for a shift. This will also be a great opportunity for our temple to participate in and to gain some exposure within our community. Finally, our committees for 2015 are being formulated and I encourage you to serve on a committee as a way to help your temple. Non-Board members can (and are asked to) serve on committees. If you are interested, please contact a Board member. In gassho.
Reverend Jan Youth
The Buddhist Study Center (BSC) will offer a full program of classes for beginners to devotees starting in January 2015. The Dharma Light Pro-gram, developed at the Hawaii Betsuin Temple, has moved to the Buddhist Study Center to better serve the community and Kyodan tem-ples. Under the BSC, classes will be offered throughout the year at the BSC and at local temples. The program is designed to gradually develop understanding of both basic Buddhist teachings and Jodo Shinshu (“Shin”) concepts, as well as serve as a resource for ministers’ lay assistant education. For more information, con-tact: BUDDHIST EDUCATION CLASSES www.tinyurl.com/bschawaii
Scout Sunday Service The Mililani Hongwanji will be celebrating their an-nual Scout Sunday service on February 8. Scout Sunday was started in the mid 1940’s to celebrate the founding of the Boys Scouts of America in 1910. Scout Sunday is traditionally done on the Sunday preceding February 8th. This tradition was started to make the Scouts congregation aware of scouting and to allow Scouts to live up to their Scout Law, one of which indicates “a Scout is Rev-erent”. The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of Mililani Hongwanji will be our emcees and our guest speak-er will be Ty Yamamoto, a Senior at Mililani High School and an Eagle Scout from 2013.
Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of America
DONATIONS REQUESTED! The annual Mililani Hongwanji Bazaar will be held on Saturday, March 28 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Our BWA will host a Country Store and Rummage Sale. We are looking for donations from ALL SANGHA MEM-BERS for the Rummage Sale. We will accept new/gently used house-hold items, toys and books. No clothing. Please price before bringing. Drop off dates will be in March, close to the time of the bazaar so please keep your eyes peeled for the dates which will be announced at a later time. For the Country Store, please donate baked goods, craft items or small potted plants. Price before bringing. Sign-up sheets are on the temple bulletin board for donations and work-shifts.
THANK YOU! The Toiletries Committee would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone for your very kind donation of numerous toiletries which we were able to distribute in December 2014 among two needful or-ganizations. We again donated several bags of toiletries to the Insti-tute of Human Services, Women and Children Homeless and Emergen-cy Shelter and were able to donate a large shopping bag filled with bars of soap to the U.S. VETS Housing at Barber’s Point, Kalaeloa. Both organizations were very appreciative of your donation. Thank you everyone for your support!
199,000 CRANES In your idle time at home or while waiting to see
your doctor, how about folding origami cranes to
help the Peace Committee of Honoka’a Hongwanji
in their project to send 199,000 paper cranes to
memorial organizations in Hiroshima and Nagasaki this year? They can
be made with any kind of paper such as magazine pages or old calen-
dars cut 3 to 7 inches square. Leave them flat, in a bag labeled with
the number of cranes, and bring them to temple on Sundays.
UPCOMING BWA ACTIVITIES/EVENTS FEBRUARY 1 SUNDAY….BWA Dana Day Service. Please donate canned goods/clothing if you can. BWA meeting following service. FEBRUARY 21 SATURDAY….8:30 AM….HOSHA Group 2 (coordinator: Robyn Izumi) FEBRUARY 16 MONDAY….10:00 AM….Oahu BWA meeting at Mililani. Mililani members to provide light lunch. MARCH 8 SUNDAY….BWA meeting at Temple following ser vice. Luncheon at Paesano Restorante Italiano. Like to attend? Cost: $15. Contact Nora Hahn by Feb. 25. MARCH 21 SATURDAY….8:00 AM….Takuan preparation 8:30 AM….HOSHA Group 3 (coordinator: Frances Saito) 10:00….Hospital visitation MARCH 28 SATURDAY….10:00 AM-2:00 PM….Mililani Hongwanji Bazaar. BWA Country Store and Rummage Sale.
2015 Adopt-A-Highway Schedule By: Tyler Oshiro, Adopt-A-Highway Coordinator
Mark your calendars and make your plans to join our Sangha members for this important community service project! We have set the dates for our quarterly Adopt-A-Highway clean up project for the year as follows: Saturday, February 21st Saturday, May 30th Saturday, August 29th Saturday, November 21st The fun begins at 8:00 a.m. Our temple is assigned to clean the
portion of Kamehameha Highway that runs through Mililani. But
if picking up trash is not for you, we also welcome your help in the
kitchen preparing breakfast for the workers.
Our first quarterly clean-up is scheduled for later this month. If
you can join us, please sign up on the sign-up sheet posted on the
bulletin board…or just show up bright and early on the 21st! This
program is a great opportunity to help beautify our community
and spend a Saturday morning with members of our Sangha.
AED Training The Board of Directors authorized a training session for use of our Automated External Defibrillator (AED). There are over 350,000
cases each year of cardiac arrests, and only 5% of the victims will survive. It is our mission to increase the chance of survival through training and preparedness. We are hoping that our members, affiliate or-ganizations, like BWA, Dharma School, Jr. YBA, Judo, Aikido, Qi Gong, Adult Day Care, Lotus Connection, Ike-bana, and friends will sign up to for the training ses-sion to be comfortable in using our AED in times of emergency.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2015 10:30 AM - 12:00 NOON
MILILANI HONGWANJI RSVP: Rene Mansho - ph: 291-6151 Email: [email protected]
$1,000 Kyodan Scholarship Opportunity The Mililani Hongwanji Kyodan will be accepting applications for a $1,000 post high school education scholarship. The scholarship is open to all 2015 high school graduating sen-iors whose family are members in good standing of the Mililani Hongwanji Kyodan. Application forms and instructions are availa-ble on-line at Mililani Hongwan-ji’s website: www.mililanihongwanji.org The deadline for sub-mitting applications is on April 30, 2015. Applications should be sent to Mililani Hongwanji, P.O. Box 893308, Mililani, HI 96789 or dropped off at 95-257 Kaloapau St., Mililani, Hawaii. Attention Scholarship Committee. Sen-iors should take this opportunity to defray some of the cost of higher education. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Rev. Jan Youth at 690-7891 cell, or 625-0925 temple office.
WCCHC Adult Day Care at
Mililani Hongwanji Aloha! We would like to let everyone know that we are accepting applications for Adult Day Care enroll-ment. Do you know anyone caring for a loved one that needs respite or help caring for their loved one throughout the day? We are welcoming new clients. For any interested new applicants, we are offering tuition assistance. Please contact our ADC Director Trece White for more information at (808)561-2147. We are OPEN at Mililani Hale 5 Days a week Monday thru Fridays from 8am – 5pm; with early drop off available as early as 7am.
BWA Scholarship Available The Mililani Hongwanji Buddhist Wom-en’s Association is offering a $1,500 scholar-ship for post high school training or schooling. Members of the BWA , their children and
grandchildren may apply. Applicants will be judged on academics, extra-curricular activities, Hongwanji activi-ties, leadership and community ser-vice. An essay is required describing contemporary issues and role of wom-en in society. Application forms are available online at the Mililani Hongwanji’s web-site or you may contact Jan Youth, Committee Chair at 690-7891. Click here to get the scholarship application
forms. http://www.mililanihongwanji.org/bwa-scholarship.html The deadline for submitting an application is on March 1, 2015.
CARNIVAL Big Top Entertainment | Rides | Games | Food | Robotics | Car Show Fri 2/20: 5pm-11pm, Sat 2/21: 11am-11pm, Sun 2/22: 11am-6pm
Aloha Members and Friends, The Board of Directors authorized a booth at the Mililani High School Carnival to promote the programs available at Mililani Hongwanji and also fundraising for our 40th Anniversary Celebra-tion plans. We are hoping that our members, affiliate organizations, like BWA, Dharma School, Jr. YBA, Judo, Aikido, Qi Gong, Adult Day Care, Lo-tus Connection, Ikebana, and friends will sign up to help: *Sell Mililani Hongwanji and affiliates’ items
*provide friendly customer service. Please sign up for one or more of the shifts for our booth: Friday - Feb. 20 _____ 4:30-7:30 PM, _____7:30-11:00 PM Sat. - Feb. 21 ______10:30 AM-2:30 PM, _____2:30-6:30 PM, ______ 6:30-11:00 PM Sunday- Feb. 22 ______10:30 AM-2:30 PM, _____2:30-6:00 PM Please email this form to Rene Mansho: [email protected] or call her @ 291-6151. Let’s support Mililani High School’s efforts to bring back a much needed tradition.
Installed 2015 BWA Officers and Kyodan Board of Directors.
Dharma School students display their Mandala project.
Al Kayatani shares his Buddhist Pathway. Rev. Toshima speaks during Hoonko Service.
Mililani Hongwanji A Shin Buddhist Temple
Minister: Rev. Jan Youth, 690-7891 c Kyodan Pres.: Dean Sakamoto Mail to: P.O. Box 893308 Mililani, HI 96789 Location: 95-257 Kaloapau St Mililani, HI 96789 Phone: 808.625.0925 Email: [email protected]
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Mililani High School Carnival - February 20-22, 2015): Mililani Hongwanji will participate by selling gomitsuri and handing out litera-ture. Motion Passed.
Appointment of Assistant Secretary and Assistant Treasurer, The President had appointed Sharon Freitas as Assistant Secretary and Dennis Oshita as Assistant Treasurer.
Mililani Hongwanji 40th Anniversary – Columbarium survey results: the majority of survey respondents support the concept. Motion to
move forward with the first phase of the columbarium at a prelimi-nary estimated cost of $28,000. Motion passed.
January 14, 2015
2015 Gojikai Pledge Drive Thank You Very Much for the many early responses to our 2015 Gojikai Pledge Drive. Your support to Mililani Hongwanji is most appreciated. For those that have not sent in their gojikai pledg-es yet, please take time to do this as soon as possible. Please remember that by sending in your pledge forms only, payment reminder cards will be mailed out to you at the appropriate time, and this will let us know that you intend to join us as a gojikai member for 2015. Again, Thank You Very Much.