80th Anniversary Conference Booklet - Konko Missions of Hawaii

Calligraphic copy written by the current 5th Konko Sama Rev. Heiki Konko
Reprint of Shinposha Hikkei
Table of contents
Konko Missions in Hawaii…………………………………...………………...……..……….. 4
80th Anniversary Committee Co-chairs..……………….…………………………………..….. 5
State of Hawaii Governor & Lieutenant Governor………………………………….........……. 6
Konkokyo Headquarters………………………………………...…………………………....... 7
Konko Churches of North America & Konkokyo International Center…………………..…… 9
Konko Church of Amagi……………………………...………………………………….….…. 10
Mediation Prayer………………………………………………………………………………….... 11
Kami Prayer………………………………………………………………………………………... 11
Recitation of Tenchi Kakitsuke…….…………………………………………………………….... 12
Adoration Prayer………………………………………………………………………………..….. 12
Konko Missions in Hawaii 80th Anniversary Prayer………………………………………...…….. 13
“Shinjin no Eiko” (Hymn)………………………………...………………………………...……... 14
“Shinjin no Michi o Mayowazu Ushinawazu” (Hymn)...………………………………………….. 14
“A Shining Shimmering Light” (Hymn)...………………………………………………………….15
Snapshots of KMH 60th and 70th Anniversaries…………………………………………………… 16
Rev. Koichi Konko (English & Japanese speech outline)…………………………………………. 17
Dr. John Tamashiro (English & Japanese speech outline)………………………………………… 19
Founding Ministers of Konko Missions in Hawaii………………………………………………… 21
Konko Missions in Hawaii Young Ministers……………………………………………………… 22
80th Anniversary Program Schedule……………………………………………………………….. 23
Konko Mission of Honolulu…………………………..…………………………………………… 25
Testimonial by Ms. Momiye Kuroda……………………………………………….……………... 26
In Memory of the Late Rev. Kikue Kodama………………………………………………………. 27
Konko Mission of Hilo…………………….………………………………………………………. 28
Testimonial by Mr. George Greenhouse…………………………………………………………… 29
Snapshots of Konko Mission of Hilo……………………………………………………………… 30
Konko Mission of Waipahu………………………………………………………………………... 31
Testimonial by Ms. Wanda Tamashiro.……………………………………………………………. 32
Snapshots of Konko Mission of Waipahu………………………………………………….……… 33
Konko Mission of Wahiawa……………………………………………………………………….. 34
Testimonial by Ms. Jane Suwa………………………………………….…………………………. 35
Testimonial by Mr. Channon Pangorang…………………………………...……………………… 36
Konko Mission of Hanapepe………………………………………………………………………. 37
In Memory of the Late Rev. Shoichi Okuno………………..………………………………………38
Snapshots of KMH activities……………..……………………………………………………...… 39
Konko Mission of Wailuku………………………………………………………………………… 40
Testimonial by Ms. Elsie H. Miyamoto…..……………………………………………………..…. 41
Testimonial by Ms. Noreen Nagata…………………………………………………………...…… 41
Snapshots of Konko Mission of Wailuku………………………………………………….………. 42
History of Konko Missions in Hawaii (1996~2006)……………………………………………..... 43
Snap shots of KMH activities…………………………………………………………………….... 45
KMH 80th Anniversary Steering Committee Members……………………………………………. 46
KMH Church Directory……………………………………………………………………………. 46
Reverend Masahiko Oka
Chief Administrative Minister
Konko Missions in Hawaii
On this memorable occasion of the 80th Anniversary Conference of the Konko
Missions in Hawaii, I am very glad to be here with all of you today who have
come from all the islands of Hawaii, North America, and Japan.
It is with great pleasure that together we offer our appreciation to Tenchi
Kane no Kami, our Principle Parent of the Universe, with abundant virtue and
favor. Through Ikigami Konko Daijin’s Toritsugi Mediation, which has been
fulfilled by the successive Spiritual Leaders and all of the related ministers of
Konko Missions in Hawaii, we are able to celebrate this impressive moment.
Let us also give thanks to all the ministers and members in Hawaii who
dedicated themselves to Kami and the community in order to save people in need and to propagate our
Konko faith for these past eighty years. They practiced this faith in the light of Kami’s only wish—
that true peace be achieved throughout the world, and that the well-being of all people be fulfilled.
Now it is our turn to share and spread Ikigami Konko Daijin’s timeless faith – “Kami and People live
together through an interdependent relationship” – as we move forward. The future begins now, and
will be with us for the next 100 years, the next 1,000 years, and for eternity. Let us open up our mind
and faith together with the Golden Shining Way of Konko.
In conclusion, I would like to extend my best wishes for your continued good health, happiness, and
Founding ministers (L-R): Revs. Setsuko Okuno, Santaro Sonoda, Tetsuzo Kiyotsuka
Yoshifusa Nishida, Masayuki Kodama, Shoichi Okuno, Haruko Takahashi (Hilo Church service)
Aloha kāua!
On behalf of the 80th Anniversary Committee, we are delighted to welcome Konkokyo ministers and
members from Japan, the continental United States, and our beautiful island state to the 80th
Anniversary Conference of the Konko Missions in Hawaii. The Konko Religion was established in
the Hawaiian Islands in 1926, and we are very grateful to be able to celebrate the 80th birthday of the
Konko Missions in Hawaii on August 18-20, 2006. Our theme, “Prosperity from Generation to
Generation”, help guide our planning efforts for this conference: to honor the past, embrace the
present, and plan for the future.
This birthday celebration is a time to show our appreciation to our Parent Kami as well as to the
ministers, our great-grandparents, grandparents, parents, and other believers of the Konko faith whose
devotion and efforts provided the strong foundation upon which we stand. Throughout the next three
days, let us express our gratitude, renew our spirits, and commit to carry on the work that they began.
With so many other activities to choose from, we thank you for registering and attending this 80th
Anniversary Celebration. We hope that you find the conference provides you with the opportunity to
offer thanks, rejuvenate your spirit, meet new people, have fun, and contribute to the future. When you
return home you can help to ensure the prosperity of the Konkokyo faith for future generations by
becoming involved in your community and sharing Konkokyo beliefs through your actions and faith.
Me ke aloha pumehana,
Paula Higuchi, Co-chair
KMH 80th Anniversary Committee
Reverend Koichi Konko, Co-chair
KMH 80th Anniversary Committee
Message in Commemoration of
the 80 Anniversary Celebration of Konko Missions in Hawaii
Reverend Hajime Suzuki
Chief Administrative Director
Konkokyo Religious Organization
On behalf of the Konkokyo Religious Organization, I would like to extend my
heartfelt congratulations on the 80th Anniversary Celebration of Konko
Missions in Hawaii. How wonderful it is to witness 80 years of perpetual
endeavors in the spreading of the Konkokyo religion, through which many
people in the islands of Hawaii have been saved and able to enjoy blessed
The propagation of the Konkokyo religion in the islands of Hawaii began at the
moment Reverend Kokichi Katashima, Chief Director of the Konkokyo Young
Believers Association, made a tour of North America and Hawaii in 1926. The
primary purpose of his tour was to make an assessment of the spiritual health of
Konkokyo believers in America. He made several public appearances, and spoke at various locations
during his stay in Hawaii. The Konko believers who had migrated from Japan and new believers who
listened to Reverend Katashima’s inspiring speeches got together and organized an association called
the “Mamichi-kai.” And this Mamichi-kai worked as a catalyst to help establish the local Konko
churches that we have in the Islands today, one after another. Currently there are six churches in
The Konkokyo Religious Organization officially recognizes the organization of the “Mamichi-kai” as
the first tangible stage in Konkokyo propagation in Hawaii. This year we commemorate the 80th
Anniversary of the seed of that Konkokyo operation in Hawaii.
The virtuous work of Kami-Sama as well as a great deal of hard work and perseverance on the part of
our predecessors has contributed to maintaining the Konkokyo religious tradition from generation to
generation in Hawaii. And this is stated so well in a teaching: “People should broaden the Way of
Faith. Kami will grant blessings” (GII: Saisaburo Kobayashi 13-1). We would like to extend our sincere
appreciation, to pay our respects to those pioneer ministers and believers who have dedicated so much
of themselves to the progress of our Konkokyo religious traditions in Hawaii.
No matter what hardship the Founder had to endure, he never failed to keep his heart true and pure,
and his Faith steadfast. He was able to make his Dream come true, and to embark upon an
unprecedented way of life that can be characterized in the divine statement, “Both Kami and the people
uphold each other through the principle of mutual inter-dependent relationship.” The common people
in our Founder’s surrounding community began to seek him out to get help for their various matters.
And thus began his practice of Toritsugi-Mediation. The Founder humbly accepted the Divine Call of
Tenchi Kane No Kami to be of help to people who were suffering. And so he gave up his family
farming occupation, and he devoted himself to the divine function of Toritsugi-Mediation. Many of
the people whom Konko Daijin came in contact with were saved. And many of those became
enlightened, and many evolved to become Toritsugi-Mediators and spread the Konko Faith far and
wide. The Konkokyo Movement spread far and wide through their dedicated work. The Founder in
his latter years clearly identified his mission in life, which was to save the world and all of humanity:
“No one is aware of the blessings of Heaven and Earth, which enable people to live. Kami shall enable
people to become aware of the blessings of Heaven and Earth by having Konko Daijin be born
throughout the world, where the sun shines, in every country, without exception” (Konko Daijin Oboecho 26-223).
The fact that we are here today, and that we witness the continued operation of the Konkokyo religious
tradition and that we have lived to see the expansion of the faith in Hawaii, is a cause for great joy.
We have been sustained by each and every one of us who has become a part of our religious tradition.
Those of us enjoying blessings through our faith in Kami are truly motivated to help others by sharing
our own personal stories of blessed experience, and guiding others to our religious tradition. In this
manner, we have contributed in the spreading of our faith from individual to individual, and from
parents to children.
In commemorating today’s 80th Anniversary Conference of the Konko Missions in Hawaii, I sincerely
wish and pray that the people of Hawaii continue to uphold the worthy goals of our pioneer ministers
and appreciate their religious tradition; that we become more consciously aware of Kami’s Wish in
each one of us; that we strive to seek our Founder’s Faith; and finally, that we help actualize the world
of “Aiyo-kakeyo,” “our mutual inter-dependent relationship,” whereupon Kami and people, people and
people, people and all things in the world can enjoy mutual respect and fulfillment. I sincerely pray
that the Konkokyo community in Hawaii will evolve to become the hub, out from which our
Konkokyo religious tradition will spread in radiance to other lands and other people throughout the
In conclusion, I would like to extend my best wishes and prayers for your continued endeavors and
happiness, as well as to extend my prayers for world peace and the salvation of all people. Let us all
work together to make this a reality.
Thank you very much.
Main Worship Hall at Konkokyo Headquarters (Okayama, Japan)
Reverend Roderick Hashimoto
Chief Administrative Minister
Konko Churches of North America
Congratulations to the believers, members and ministers of the Konko Missions in
Hawaii on your 80th Anniversary. I bring you well wishes from all the Churches
and believers of the Konko Churches of North America on the mainland. We are
celebrating this special occasion with you, your 80th Anniversary, as a mile stone in
the history of the “Konko Faith” in the United States of America. The Hawaiian
Islands were the stepping stone of faith for North America and we are here to thank
you for paving the way.
We must reflect back to the founding Believers and Ministers of KMH to realize what a great
accomplishment these past 80 years have been. Their dedication and devoted faith are the reason we are all
here today. In 1926, Rev. Kokichi Katashima established the “Hawaii Konkokyo Mamichi-Kai” and this
ground work laid the path for Konkokyo here on the Hawaiian Islands to grow and thrive. These are some
of the Ancestral Spirits (Mitama) of the foundation here in the Konko Missions in Hawaii - Rev. Masayuki
Kodama, Rev. Yoshifusa Nishida, Rev. Tetsuzo Kiyotsuka, Rev. Santaro Sonoda, Rev. Haruko Takahashi,
Rev. Kiku Horibe, Rev. Shoichi Okuno and Rev. Takiyo Nakai. We thank you all from our sincere hearts.
I believe we are here today to honor our past and look forward to the future of the Konko Faith here in
Hawaii. Let the spirit of the people with faith and with Tenchi Kane no Kami, our Principle Parent, sustain
the Konko Faith in Hawaii. Let our prayers and faith grow so we can have 80 more years and “To the
future and beyond.” Once again, congratulations - Omedeto.
Reverend Michiyo Iwasaki
Director of Konkokyo International Center
Congratulations on the 80th Anniversary of the propagation of Konko Faith in
I would like to express my deep appreciation for the 80-year workings of Kami. I
would also like to extend my thankfulness to the late Rev. Masayuki Kodama and
all other mitama spirits of pioneer ministers and predecessors, who earnestly
wished to initiate and spread our Faith on the Islands of Hawaii with a different
language and culture. They dedicated their entire lives to this mission.
These predecessors placed themselves into the local Japanese community who
experienced various hardships in this new world. They introduced and passed on
the Konko Faith and actualized the workings of Kami. I initially understood their duty as propagation to
the Japanese community. However, I realized that this was not the case. Their intentions were not to assist
the Japanese community, but to those vulnerable in the Hawaii’s society – which often happened to be the
Japanese at the time. With their faith, our predecessors sincerely sought to pray for and be of assistance to
these people. In doing this, they manifested the workings of Kami.
With our Founder’s Faith as the base, we, who have taken on Kami’s Wish and our predecessor’s spirit,
must be there for the vulnerable and suffering beings in our society. This is my strong desire, as well as the
Konkokyo International Center’s, as we celebrate the KMH 80th year Anniversary. Let us seek and
manifest this great example for our Konko Faith, together. Congratulations again.
Reverend Michiyoshi Yasutake
Head Minister
Konko Church of Amagi
Congratulations on the 80th Anniversary Celebration of Konkokyo
Propagation in Hawaii.
One hundred forty seven years has passed since our Founder Ikigami Konko
Daijin received the Divine Call on November 15, 1859. Kami related to the
Founder, “There are many people like you, who have sincere faith in kamis,
but still have many problems. Help these people by performing Toritsugi.”
Eighty years has elapsed since the propagation of the Konkokyo faith was
initiated in the islands of Hawaii. Countless numbers of people have been
Eighty years of perpetual existence of the Konkokyo religion in the islands of Hawaii was
accomplished through our pioneer ministers who have dedicated and persevered in their efforts to
spread the Konkokyo tradition, while encountering many difficulties, such as language barriers and
cultural differences.
Currently, the Japanese community in Hawaii is dominated by 4th and 5th generation of Americans of
Japanese ancestry. When I witness the emergence of local born ministers and their contribution for the
progress of the Konkokyo community in Hawaii, I am overwhelmed with feelings of awe and gratitude.
I feel assured of the future progress of the faith community.
The Konkokyo Religious Organization has been promoting various activities and functions focused on
the principle of “Aiyokakeyo”, mutual inter-dependent relationships in our daily living. I would like to
extend my wishes and prayers for the people of Hawaii to further their involvement in the practice of
faith, while perpetuating heartfelt thanks for the blessings they have enjoyed thus far.
Konko Church of Amagi (Fukuoka, Japan)
Mediation Prayer
Let us seek the Mediation of Konko Daijin with a pure and single heart, each and every day.
May we receive the Mediation anew, with all our hearts and souls, on this day, this very moment
Ikigami Konko Daijin Sama, Ikigami Konko Daijin Sama
Ikigami Konko Daijin Sama, Ikigami Konko Daijin Sama
Kami Prayer
Reverently we pray (Leader)
Seeking salvation for all who suffered
And he knew not the dawning of day.
Though years passed and the world changed
He did not waver from his task,
The divine task of Toritsugi.
The brilliance of heaven, the richness of earth
Time flows without cease, years pass without end
In heaven and earth is the Life that nurtures all
In heaven and earth is the Truth that orders all
Thus was given the sacred Tenchi Kakitsuke,
The guiding principle for our daily life.
The Divine Favor was thus renewed
And blessings flowed universally,
Establishing the way of eternal prosperity,
The Way of Toritsugi of Ikigami Konko Daijin.
For this wondrous Form
For these wondrous Works
Let us praise Tenchi Kane no Kami
Let us praise Kami of heaven and earth.
By this wondrous revelation,
We are given knowledge of the Way.
Through all the hardships of this world,
Through pain of body and soul,
The Way of Toritsugi teaches us
To turn our hearts to Kami.
Kami loves and cares for all ujiko
All those who live between heaven and earth.
To revere Kami as the Parent Kami,
To live in Kami’s infinite blessings—
This is the Way.
Yet many, not knowing the Way,
Are lost in greed and selfishness.
They suffer the cycle of misfortunes—
Great is Kami’s sorrow.
Without regard for day or night,
Whether we are near or far,
The way of Toritsugi teaches us
To pray with total trust.
For arrogance in living unaware of Divine Favor,
We beg forgiveness and pledge to mend our ways.
Let us live every day as an act of faith,
Rejoicing in the vastness of Divine Favor.
Let us care for those in pain
And invite them to the Way.
Let us guide those who are lost
And awaken them to a life of purpose.
“Kami is fulfilled in ujiko,
ujiko are fulfilled in Kami.”
May this Way of mutual fulfillment
Be manifested in this world.
May Kami’s wish for true peace
And the well-being of all ujiko be fulfilled
So we humbly pray,
So we earnestly pray
Our Founding Father, Konko Daijin
Suffered many trials in this world,
But held fast to faith and sincerity.
He received Kami’s great blessing,
and began the life of mutual fulfillment
Of Kami and humanity.
Humbly we pray (Leader)
The Parent Kami’s great wish was thus fulfilled:
Konko Daijin accepted the Call to Toritsugi
That leads to the mutual benefit of Kami and ujiko.
By day he taught the Way of faith
To all who sought him,
Expounding the blessings of heaven and earth
And he knew not the coming of night.
By night he prayed for those who grieved,
Recitation of Tenchi Kakitsuke
Ikigami Konko Daijin Tenchi Kane no Kami
Isshin ni negae
Ikigami Konko Daijin Tenchi Kane no Kami
Isshin ni negae
Okage wa waga kokoro ni ari
Okage wa waga kokoro ni ari
Kongetsu konnichi de tanomei
Kongetsu konnichi de tanomei
Through Ikigami Konko Daijin,
To Tenchi Kane no Kami,
Pray with a single heart.
The divine favor depends
Upon one’s own heart.
On this very day pray.
Adoration Prayer
We lift our eyes in awe toward heaven, soaring above
We lift our eyes in awe toward heaven, soaring above.
We bow our heads in prayer toward earth, rich and deep.
Living amid such gifts of Kami’s great giving,
How happy and grateful we are!
The Mediation of the Living Spirit does not stop for a single day.
The protection of the Parent Kami embraces all, far and wide.
The blessings of Kami flow without limit through all generations.
The ways of Kami are mysterious and wondrous, beyond our understanding.
Day by day, every day, earnestly and reverently,
We praise the virtues of Kami,
We honor the power of Kami.
Konko Missions in Hawaii 80th Anniversary Prayer
Ikigami Konko Daijin Sama, Tenchi Kane no Kami Sama
How blessed we are to commemorate
the 80th Anniversary Conference of the Konkokyo propagation
in the Islands of Hawaii since 1926.
The 80 years of perpetual existence of the Konkokyo community
is an actualization of Ikigami Konko Daijin’s
Toritsugi Mediation.
We also acknowledge the dedicated work and endeavors
of the pioneer ministers, Mitama spirits,
and the entire congregation.
Let each of us strive to actualize family prosperity
from generation to generation
through our steadfast belief in Tenchi Kane no Kami.
We pray that the observance of the conference scheduled
for August 18th through the 20th of 2006 in Honolulu
will bring forth positive changes to each and every believer
as well as to the entire faith community.
Please allow this conference to fulfill Kami’s wish.
Ikigami Konko Daijin Sama, Tenchi Kane no Kami Sama
Please heed our prayers.
Shinjin No Eiko
(Shining Laurels of Kami and Man)
Lyrics by Kinzo Sato
Music by Michiharu Ohara
tsu chi wa
no yo ni
Kami no fu to ko ro
to wa no hi ka ri o
I— to
wa mi na
shi go ni
Ka mi no i to shi go
tsu ki nu mi ka ge o
na ki me gu mi no na ka ni
wa shi shi mi o ya no Ka mi ni
I— ka
sa ru ru
wa ru ru
wa re ra u re shi ki
wa re ra u re shi ki
Shinjin no Michi o Mayowazu Ushinawazu
(The Way of True Faith)
Lyrics from “Shinkun”
Music by Toyoji Matsuda
Shi n
ji n no mi chi
o ma yo wa zu ushi nawazu su e
no sue ma de o shi e tsuta e yo oshi e tsu tae yo
A Shining Shimmering Light
Original Japanese Lyrics and Music by Tamie Imaoka
English Lyrics by Lisa Uzunoe & Akiko Mito
With a heart/ caught up in doubt and worry
I face/ my life/ every morning
Wanting to shine/ but somehow holding back
Joy and fear/ swirl within my heart
Still I know/ even one as small as I
Can run/ into some day/ and find
A shining/ shimmering/ brilliant light
Glowing from/ a path that never ends
Instead of/ losing hope or/ fearing what’s ahead
Let’s keep on/ moving forward/ with our heads held high
For we are all/ living in a world
That/ embraces you and me/ with its love
Supported by/ the prayers of those who/ care for us
We’re never/ alone in our lives
When I’m down/ and ready to surrender
When times are hard/ and it seems so dark
Just knowing each day/ that I’m never on my own
Gives me strength/ and courage to try harder
Holding hands/ with my friends standing by my side
Swinging arms/ together we will walk
To the shining/ shimmering/ brilliant light
Glowing from/ a path that never ends
(Chorus X2)
100th Anniversary of Konkokyo Independence (KCNA/KMH Joint)
Rev. and Mrs. Heiki Konko (5th Spiritual Head & wife)
Hilo Hawaiian Hotel (2000)
KMH 60th Anniversary at Honolulu Church
KMH 70th Anniversary at Honolulu Church
“Prosperity from Generation to Generation”
Reverend Koichi Konko
Keynote Speaker
Konko Mission of Honolulu
First half of Founder’s life → Latter half of his life
The teachings:
“What should be the goal in practicing faith? The sick
come to pray for a cure, while the healthy come to
pray for a good harvest or a prosperous business. But
these goals are only temporary. When practicing faith,
you must look forward to a future free of anxiety, or
else your faith won’t continue.”
Why is the theme of this
conference “prosperity from
generation to generation?”
Three objectives:
1. To define prosperity in Konkokyo
2. To explain why Konkokyo is important to this and
future generations.
3. To appreciate the accomplishments of Konkokyo
in Hawaii on behalf of all people as individuals
and families.
“To free your future from anxiety, divine blessings
must be received by not only you, but by future
generations as well. It is important that you practice a
faith that will be passed down to future generations. It
cannot be passed down if the family is not harmonious
and if the family head doesn’t practice faith.”
(Excerpt from Gorikai 2 Yamamoto, Sadajiro 7)
What is the definition of “prosperity” according to
Konkokyo traditions? (3 elements)
- Physical Condition health
- Financial Condition wealth
- Spiritual Condition faith
Which is the most important?
Looking forward to a future free of anxiety >
Your Health and Finances
The Founder’s ways of accepting or receiving
hardships were very different between the first half of
his life and the latter half of his life.
“Prosperity” is the status of well-being
Anxiety → Anxiety-free
What does it mean for me to be “happy?”
- Fulfill my goals
- Catch a good wave
- Listen to good music
- Win the lottery
- Go out with a cute girl
- Witness other people’s happiness
- Do what Kami Sama wishes for me to do
My greatest turning point
Younger brother’s grave illness
Money didn’t improve his condition; faith in
Konkokyo did. (Faith enabled our family and my
brother to stay calm. We went through a process of
Toritsugi mediation, trusting Kami Sama, believing in
Konko Sama’s prayer—Tenchi Kakitsuke).
realized that spiritual well-being is very important.
In the Case of Our Ultimate Role Model, Konko
Daijin (Our Founder)
First half of Founder’s life (successful farmer)
- Increase of his land
- Renovation of main house and barn
- Personal health problems
- Relatives’ death
The crisis:
- Improved our family relationship
- Led to my ministry
- Improved our faith
- Prosperity is how much we can smile in any
- Generation to generation is to share our happiness.
- Konkokyo gives us concepts of how to be happy.
- I appreciate the people who passed down the Konko
faith to us in KMH.
- We need to learn, and experience the Konko faith
just like pioneer ministers, predecessors, and
dedicated members before us.
Latter half of his life (Toritsugi mediator)
- 15,000 people came to see him
- Witness people being saved
- Gaining Kami Sama’s trust
- Complications within family
- Personal health problems
- Governmental pressure
(Japanese outline by Koichi Konko)
い(ご理解Ⅱ 山本定次郎7より抜粋)。」
「子孫繁盛家繁盛」- 現教主金光さま今一番大切に
1. 金光教において、「繁盛」ということはど
2. なぜ金光教が今の世代、そして次世代にと
3. ハワイの金光教の先人たちの業績に、個人
1、 体の状態
2、 経済的な状態
3、 心の状態
弟の病 → おかげに
前半生 VS 後半生
→ 幸せになるこのお道の信心を確実に子ども(次
→ 神さまがもっとも喜ばれること
“Prosperity from Generation to Generation” (1926- 1980)
Dr. John Tamashiro
Keynote Speaker
Konko Mission of Waipahu
My title is an appropriate
theme for our 80th
Anniversary conference
as well as aligned to the
purposes of my talk.
IV. Benefits of otoritsugi practice: examples from
each of the 6 churches in Hawaii taken from
my dissertation, “Konkokyo, a Japanese
Religion in Hawaii,” pp. 203-240.
A. Healing
1. Rev. Haruko Takahashi (Wahiawa
2. Rev. Yoshifusa Nishida (Hilo Church)
3. Mr. Yoshii Fukuichi (Kauai)
4. Related examples
B. Solving work-related problems
1. Mr. Shigetoshi Higuchi and Rev.
Masayuki Kodama (Honolulu Church)
2. Related examples
C. Surviving crises
1. Rev. Takiyo Nakai (Wailuku Church)
and Mr. Masao Nagasako (Wailuku
2. Related examples
D. Reconciling conflicts within families
1. Rev. Masayuki Kodama (Honolulu
Church) and Mr. James Tottori
2. Related examples
E. Leadership of believers mentioned above and
their service to church and community.
A. This is a theme that represents achievements
of Konkokyo as it has brought prosperity to
many of its ministers and members.
B. This theme represents the aspirations of
Konkokyo for the present and future to
continue to bring prosperity to believers in
Hawaii and to people throughout the world.
II. Definition of key words in the theme
A. “Prosperity” refers to:
1. Health
2. A good job
3. Survival during emergencies
B. “From generation to generation” refers to
1. Future prosperity within all families
2. Continuity of the Konko Church in
3. Expansion of the faith throughout the
How has Konkokyo benefited ministers and
members during its first 50 years in Hawaii?
Primarily through otoritsugi (a flexible form
of mentoring between a minister and a
member both of whom believe in KamiSama)
V. Lessons of Konko history for present and
future: to build upon the achievements of
A. From focus on healing to a concern for good
health: example of present activity: yoga
classes at the Waipahu Church.
B. From solving work-related problems to
problems of science and morality such as
abortion, euthanasia, stem cell research, etc.
C. From helping individuals during personal
crisis to helping them transition between
stages of the life cycle such as from work to
retirement (e.g., speakers on medical
insurance, how to play golf)
D. From resolving conflicts between a father and
son to building bonds of unity among family
members such as by researching genealogies
on the internet.
A. Otoritsugi is a process formalized by ritual
1. Characterized by appreciation, apology,
and requests.
2. Performed at the hiromae or worship hall.
B. Otoritsugi is a form of self discipline
practiced by ministers and believers, but can
also be initiated by any person seeking help.
C. Otoritsugi is an informal interaction even
between members or between members and
non-members outside the hiromae.
(Japanese translation by Yasuhiro Yano)
IV. お取次ぎの利点:自筆の博士論文「金光教、ハ
I. 私の演題は80年記念大会に即したテーマでも
A. このテーマは数多くの教師やメンバーに
B. このテーマは現在そして未来に渡ってハ
C. このテーマは物質的な利益や精神的な利
A. 治癒
1. 高橋ハルコ先生(ワヒアワ教会)
2. 西田美義房先生(ヒロ教会)
3. 福一ヨシイ(カウアイ)
4. 関連例
B. 仕事に関わった問題の解決
1. 樋口シゲトシ氏と児玉政行先生
2. 関連例
C. 危機を乗り越える
1. 中井タキヨ先生(ワイルク教会)と長伯
2. 関連例
1. 児玉政行先生(ホノルル教会)
2. 関連例
E. 以上に紹介した信奉者の指導的影響と教会
II. テーマの中のキーワードの定義
1. 健康
2. 充実した仕事
3. 緊急時での生き残り
1. すべての家族内での未来にかけての繁栄
2. ハワイの金光教の継続
3. 世界中へ向けての金光教の展開
V. 現在と未来に金光教の歴史から学ぶもの:
A. 治癒中心よりよりよい健康に対する関
B. 職場での問題解決から科学、モラルの問
C. 個人的な危機からの救いから人生のサイ
D. 父子間の対立の解消から家庭内の結束を
III. どのように金光教が最初の50年間で教師やメ
A. お取次ぎは儀式によって様式化された一行程
1. 感謝、お詫び、お願いによって特徴付け
2. 広前か礼拝場で行われる
B. お取次ぎは一つの教師や信者によって行
C. お取次ぎは広前以外でのメンバー同士、
Founding Ministers of Konko Missions in Hawaii
Rev. Kokichi Katashima
Mamichi Kai established 9/5/1926 (Rev. Katashima at center)
Revs. Masayuki & Kikue Kodama
Konko Mission of Honolulu (Since 1928)
Rev. Tetsuzo Kiyotsuka
Kona Propagation Hall (Since 1936)
Rev. Kiku Horibe (Since 1940)
Lihue Propagation Hall
Revs. Yoshifusa & Fuji Nishida
Konko Mission of Hilo (Since 1929)
Rev. Santaro & Mrs. Sueka Sonoda
Konko Mission of Waipahu (Since 1938)
Revs. Shoichi & Setsuko Okuno
Konko Mission of Hanapepe (Since 1953)
Rev. Haruko Takahashi (Since 1940)
Konko Mission of Wahiawa
Rev. Takiyo Nakai (Since 1957)
Konko Mission of Wailuku
Konko Missions in Hawaii Young Ministers
Rev. Roy Mineharu Yasutake
Konko Mission of Wailuku
Ordained on March 29, 1993
Rev. Todd Zenji Takahashi (Right)
Konko Mission of Honolulu
Ordained on March 30, 1994
Rev. David Michio Yano & Rev. Megumi Yano
Renee Natsuki Yano (Daughter)
Konko Mission of Wahiawa/ Both ordained on June 10, 1999
Rev. Rodney Takashi Yano
Konko Mission of Wahiawa
Ordained on June 1, 2001
Rev. Alvin Nobutaka Yasutake
Konko Mission of Wailuku
Ordained on June 1, 2002
Rev. Koichi Konko
Konko Mission of Honolulu
Ordained on June 1, 2000
Rev. Edna Kazuko Yano
Konko Mission of Wahiawa
Ordained on September 24, 2002
Konko Missions in Hawaii
80 Anniversary Program Schedule
Friday, August 18 – DAY 1 at Honolulu Church
3:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
5:20 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m.
-Registration (受付)
-Opening remarks(開会式)
-KMH 80th Anniversary Service (80 年記念祭典)
Processional of the officiants(参向着席)
Hymn: “Shinjin no Eiko”「神人の栄光」
Hairei- four solemn claps(拝礼)
Mediation Prayer
Kami Prayer
Saishi- Main Prayer(祭主祭司奏上)
Tamagushi offering by Saishu head officiant(祭主玉串奉奠)
Recitation of Tenchi Kakitsuke(天地書附奉体)
Hymn: “Shinjin no Michi”「信心の道を迷わず失わず」
Tamagushi offering
Guest ministers(来賓教師玉串奉奠)
Adoration Prayer
Hymn: “Shining Shimmering Light”「光り輝く道」
Hairei- four solemn claps(拝礼)
Recessional of the officiants(退下)
-Kibimai Sacred Dance “Toshimasari”(吉備舞奉納)
-Congratulatory Remarks by Konkokyo Hawaii Center &
Konko Churches of North America(祝辞)
-Group Photo(記念撮影)
-Dinner—2nd floor(直会)
-Oahu Konkokyo Chorus Group
-Nihon-buyo (1) By Ms. Lauren Shinozuka
-Amagi Church
-Halau Hula O Malamalama
-Nihon-buyo (2) By Ms. Lauren Shinozuka
-Momoyama Gagakuryo Band
Saturday, August 19 – DAY 2 at Japanese Cultural Center
-Registration & Continental Breakfast (受付・軽食)
-Opening Remarks(開会式)
-Welcome address(歓迎の挨拶)
-Opening Prayer(開会御祈念)
8:15 a.m. -Message of 5th Spiritual Head Rev. Heiki Konko (Video)
(5 代教主金光様メッセージ)
8:30 a.m. -Keynote Speakers
Rev. Koichi Konko & Dr. John Tamashiro(基調講演)
9:00 a.m. -Group Discussion(班別懇談)
10:30 a.m. -Break(休憩)
10:45 a.m. -Report Back(班別懇談リポート)
11:30 a.m. -Lunch(昼食)
-Presentation of interviews with church members
(各教会信奉者代表 ビデオ・インタビュー)
-Recognition of the 80+ members(80 歳以上の御信者さん表彰)
1:00 p.m. -Closing program(閉会プログラム)
-Singing of the three hymns(歌)
-Yosakoi Dance(踊り「よさこいソーラン節」)
-Closing remarks(閉会の挨拶)
2:30 p.m. -Disband(解散)
7:30 a.m.
8:00 a.m.
Sunday, August 20 – DAY 3 at Ala Moana Beach Park
10:00 a.m. -Gather at Area # 8 near Diamond Head Concession(8 番エリアにて集合)
-Opening prayers(開会御祈念)
-Opening remarks (開会の挨拶)
10:30 a.m. -Games and Swimming(ゲームや水泳)
12:00 p.m. -Lunch(昼食)
-Free time(自由時間)
2:00 p.m. -Closing remarks (閉会の挨拶)
-Closing Prayers(閉会の御祈念)
-Group photo (記念撮影)
members. When I entered into the church, I
knew nothing about the practice of the Konko
faith. My father who sent me to the Amagi
Church expressed his great joy and encouraged
me by saying, “You do not have to know
anything. You can be completely ignorant.
Oyasensei (the Reverends Matsutaro Yasutake
and Fumio Yasutake of Amagi Church), will
help and guide you to learn about the Konko
faith.” I had received the blessings my father
expected me to receive while at Amagi. Because
I was ignorant and had no knowledge about
Konkokyo, my mind was like a clean slate of a
white board. I was curious and showed a great
deal of interest in the stories shared by devoted
church members who would share their stories
with tears in their eyes. Because of this
background, I can still vividly remember those
lively stories I learned some 50 to 60 years ago.
Head Minister: Rev. Masahiko Yoshino
with wife, Rev. Sugako Yoshino
share some
with you in
response to
item in the interview question requested by the
80th Anniversary Committee, namely, “As you
look to the future, what are your thoughts on
how Konkokyo can continue to prosper?”
My straightforward answer to that question is “to
actualize the Founder’s faith belief in today’s
In addition, we should learn to
appreciate the faith belief exhibited by the
founding minister of each local church more
intently. One common element that can be found
in all successful churches is that they have tried
to preserve the initial faith belief demonstrated
by their founding ministers with heart and soul.
Their sincere and overwhelming attitude to
perpetuate the original faith belief from
generation to generation is being put to practice.
Their strong enthusiasm overwhelms me.
As has been stated in the Kyoten Gorikai, “In
this faith you are saved not by chanting prayers,
but by listening to the teachings” (III Naiden 6-6), it is
important to listen to the teachings. One of the
Founder’s disciples, the Reverend Norio Sato
expressed that you have to listen to the teachings
1,000 times and also encouraged to share the
teachings you learned 1,000 times with others.
I also remember a story shared by the Reverend
Fumio Yasutake. There was a legendary story
that took place at a middle school in Japan a long
time ago. Every morning, they held a regular
morning school assembly. The principal always
told the students the same story every morning.
He was talking about “Shimatsu Kennyaku” or
frugal and thrift way of life. The older students
nicknamed the principal “Shimatsu Kennyaku”
and always said, “There he goes again.” But
they found themselves using the expression
“Shimatsu Kennyaku” when they discipline
other siblings in the house. The message they
heard every morning from the principal naturally
evolved to become something of their own. The
same may apply not only for the practice of the
faith but to any concept. Only those who listen
well will rise up to the top of the world.
From June 5 through June 6, 2006, the local
women ministers held their annual meeting at the
Konko Mission of Wailuku. One attendee who
participated for the first time came to church and
related to me that she had never experienced
such a wonderful and meaningful meeting before.
She was especially impressed by the
enlightening stories shared by the elderly
encouragement for her future engagement in her
missionary work. Her story also moved me a
great deal, and also reminded me of a chain of
memories I have cherished.
When I was
admitted to the Konko Church of Amagi as a
religious trainee at the age of 17, I learned a lot
from the stories shared by the elderly church
Ms. Momiye Kuroda
Konko Mission of Honolulu
Practicing faith for about 80 years
doctor stitched the wound. The doctor pierced it
to see if it was abscess, but nothing happened.
He went to Reverend Kodama to otodoke that
the doctor said to wait. Meanwhile, I wrapped
his fingertip with goshinmai paper and prayed.
Can you believe that the next day, a cotton swab
was out on the goshinmai paper with little
abscess?! We thank Reverend Kodama and
Kami-Sama for the divine blessings that the
wound had healed.
attending Konkokyo
through Mr. and Mrs.
Sosuke Kanemura’s
guidance to my
parents. I also went
along with them to
the gatherings.
It is very difficult nowadays to suggest how
Konkokyo can continue to prosper…Our
generation is aging; young members are not
attending church; today’s generation have too
many activities that keep them too busy to attend
Konkokyo is an
important part of my
life because I have
peace of mind and sanction when attending
I hope my children and grandchildren will come
to realize the divine blessings we receive daily
and attend church to help them appreciate KamiSama and his teachings.
There are several significant divine blessings that
I can think of, but the most recent one happened
about two years ago. I had just finished washing
the car, and I was wringing out the chamois cloth
that I used to wipe the car when I lost my
balance and hit my head on the wall in front of
my house. Thinking that I just bumped my head,
I put my hand over the affected area, and
realized that I was bleeding. Seeing the blood, I
said, “Konko Sama, Konko Sama,” prayed, and
ran into the house and put the goshinmai paper.
To my surprise, it stopped bleeding! I washed
the blood out of my hair and went to church. I
did “otodoke” to Sugako sensei and she said that
she couldn’t see any cut. What an amazing
divine blessing I had received. At my age, I’m
grateful to be very healthy and able to do
everything on my own with little or no medical
problems. The only “problem” is the fact that I
have shrunk two inches due to osteoporosis.
Rev. Sugako Yoshino teaches Ikebana flower arrangement
Regarding my family and friends, my husband
had several divine blessings throughout his life.
One incident was when he was picking mangoes
from the tree, the branch he was standing on
broke. He landed away from the rocks below,
and walked away with only a few scratches—no
broken bones or internal injuries. The most
amazing blessing was when my husband lost his
left pinkie fingertip. It didn’t heal after the
Honolulu Church Grand Service Sacred Kibimai Dance
Memories of the Late Reverend Kikue Kodama
By Ms. Grace Kodama
Konko Mission of Honolulu
children…Dorothy, Arthur, Lillian, Ernest, Grace and
Doris. The profound impact of the World War II
internment camps on the lives of Japanese Americans,
as well as, Japanese nationals cannot be underestimated.
We experienced very long separation and almost no
communication with our family members as he was
interned on Sand Island, Oahu and in five mainland,
USA states. Before he was repatriated to Japan on
September 1, 1943, father made the request to mother to
have his family return with him. She relayed to him by
letter that all mortgage payments on the church property
were paid off; they are responsible to the members; and
that the children are growing up well; so please be at
peace. Feeling assured, he asked that she look after
matters in his absence and returned back to his country.
Till mid-September 1946, close to three years, no
communication was ever allowed between them.
The war years were difficult for mother as she
assumed the role of caretaker of the church. Prayer was
confined to a sacred shrine hidden in her bedroom.
However, on the second night of father’s internment,
she saw a dream that made her realize that though he
was not physically present at the church he would still
serve his family and the congregation through his
prayers. She embraced the spiritual guidance of
Ikigami Konko Daijin, Tenchi Kane no Kami, Kyoshu
Setsutane Konko and his wife and Amagi Church’s Rev.
Matsutaro Yasutake. She prayed hard that she could
serve the church well. Mother’s faith deepened when
she received many dreams that offered spiritual
enlightenment on different matters during father’s eight
and a half years of absence.
During the hardship times, also, mother bore the
great task of raising her young sons and daughters.
However, my brothers and sisters and I saw our parent
as a strong and determined woman and not as a weak
and fearful one. She was kind, loving, patient, very
caring and concerned for all. She always made her
children feel safe and secure, and that things would be
fine. Stressful and anxiety-filled situations never
seemed to keep her down. She was the quiet at the
center of the storm, the anchor of the family. She had
been a rock and foundation of our lives.
After father returned to Hawaii on April 28, 1950,
another chapter in our church history began.
After many, many long years of service in the
ministry together, father died on August 24, 1973, and
mother on November 28, 1997.
As I reflect on the past, I can recall mother’s words,
“In facing the years that follow…I firmly believe that,
whether young or old, if we have a sincere and thankful
heart, as we receive the blessings of Kami, we shall find
much happiness throughout our lifetime.”
My mother, Kikue Kodama,
came from a very spiritually
enriched heritage before she
reached Hawaii. Many of her
family members and relatives
were already part of the
ministry that contributed to the
establishment and expansion
of the Konko faith in Japan.
However, she started out her
young adult life as an elementary school teacher and
after having some experiences in the educational field
decided to enter the Konkokyo Theological Seminary.
Upon graduating in 1929, she could have remained in
Japan and easily married into a household of a very
established church but she preferred not to do so. I feel
my mother was truly born to serve Kami on an arduous
and turbulent path of life. She did not particularly care
for a journey of ease and comfort where surroundings
and circumstances were pre-determined, and as fate
would have it become a pioneer woman going into
another country where the language, customs, and way
of thinking were dramatically different from those of
her homeland.
In 1928, at the request of the Reverend Matsutaro
Yasutake of Amagi Church, Fukuoka Prefecture, my
father, Masayuki Kodama, went to Hawaii to propagate
the religion. On May 20, 1929, he married mother in
Japan and in early August 1929, returned with his
young bride. She was about to turn 22 in September and
he, 26 years of age in November.
On August 27, 1929, the Konko Mission of
Honolulu was established at 1851 Liliha Street. To
accommodate the growing membership, on August 21,
1939, the church relocated to its present site at 1728
Liliha Street. Members recalled that my mother was a
devoted, hardworking, and conscientious wife and
Of the numerous and harsh physical, emotional,
social and financial trials experienced and overcame by
mother in her ministry, I believe the war experience
clearly embodies the resiliency of her character and the
remarkable strength of her soul. It is of this spirit that I
now share with you.
On December 7, 1941, with the outbreak of World
War II, all missions were closed and Masayuki Kodama
and his disciple ministers Haruko Takahashi, Santaro
Sonoda, and Kiku Horibe were interned. Kikue
Kodama was left behind with six young
Head Minister: Rev. Makio Nagai
I feel a sense of crisis for the continuation of the
Konkokyo propagation in Hawaii, but at the same
time I feel a bit relieved in witnessing the local
born young ministers. We rely on them for the
future progress of our faith community in Hawaii.
I am overwhelmed with
the feelings of gratitude
commemorating the 80th
Anniversary of Konkokyo
propagation in Hawaii.
As we commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the
Konkokyo propagation in Hawaii, I am
determined to perpetuate the strong willed
endeavor for propagating the Konko faith that
has been demonstrated by our predecessors. I
will work hard to cooperate with the other
ministers and the members in the faith
community for the continuation of organized
Konkokyo propagation. I would also like to
contribute to passing on the faith to the next
generation and support future growth of the faith
community. Hereafter, I am determined to
follow the teachings of the Founder Konko
Daijin; overcome the differences of nationality,
race, and language; and promote a way of life to
actualize the mutual interdependent relationship
between Kami and people.
I believe that the 80th
Anniversary function has
been planned and carried out by the young
ministers and believers.
We owe a great deal to the late Reverend Kokichi
Katashima who came to Hawaii in August 1926.
He helped to initiate the formation of the lay
members association, conducted extensive
research for the propagation of the Konko faith,
and laid foundation for the future propagation
work through his public speeches. Other pioneer
ministers established their churches and devoted
themselves in their missionary work with all their
heart and soul.
They encountered many
differences in the living environment, culture,
and thinking. They also had to deal with the
social changes such as the development of World
War II, but they were steadfast in their belief in
Kami and persevered to continue propagating the
Konko faith in this community. Let us extend
our deepest thoughts of appreciation for the work
of the pioneer ministers which enable us to
commemorate the 80th Anniversary of Konkokyo
in Hawaii.
The succeeding ministers have tried to continue
organized propagation of the Konko faith, as well
as promote educational programs for the younger
generation. But we have achieved little due to
the lack of human resources and so forth.
The Founder Konko Daijin related, “Even a
narrow road is advantageous if it becomes wider
by being traveled on frequently. Do not let grass
grow on your road” (III Konko Kyoso Gorikai 84). But I
feel repentant that we have let grass grow on our
road in terms of the propagation in Hawaii.
Konko Mission of Hilo
Mr. George Greenhouse
Konko Mission of Hilo
member of
Mission of
early childhood, but as
best as I can
recall a life-time member of Konkokyo. I would
say I was born into Konkokyo. My mother’s
oldest sister, the late Reverend Haruko
Takahashi, sought otoritsugi with the Late
Reverend Masayuki Kodama between 19281930. Receiving Okage, she decided to serve
Kami-Sama and began her faith training in Japan
in the mid-1930s and ordained a minister circa
1935, beginning missionary work in Wahiawa.
Coincidentally, my cousin, Reverend Todd
Takahashi, continue to follow in Aunty Haruko’s
I believe Aunty’s strong faith
commitment guided our family, from the first
generation onward, to the teachings of KamiSama and the Konko Way of Life.
faith and way of life. I am sincerely confident
that our ancestors continue to be with us,
watching over us, protecting and guiding us
throughout all of our daily activities. The
question of okage is difficult to answer. I
believe okage is not a one-time miracle event,
but an ongoing process. Every day of life is a
blessing. Our health, our welfare, our well-being,
are all blessings. Having the strength, courage,
knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform our
tasks, carrying out our duties and living up to our
responsibilities are all okage. Serving KamiSama, doing “goyo” at church or helping
someone, is okage. Okage is boundless and
A special okage I received, which helped
tremendously in my faith’s growth and
development was being asked by our sensei,
Makio and Yoshie Nagai, to act as “hokyo,” a
minister’s assistant, and teaching Sunday School
when we had about a dozen students in regular
attendance. At church, as at work when I trained
new employees, I realized that teaching is also
learning. Through helping others, we strengthen
our skills and knowledge. In Sunday school, as
we learned of the life of our Founder, and
discussed the sacred scriptures and how it
applies to us, I found my own faith beginning to
evolve. My wife’s faith training, growth and
development began with Sunday school. The
experiences I realized here was the beginning of
my faith training, a very special okage.
Konkokyo is important to me because it gives
me a solid foundation of faith and way to
practice my faith. Its teachings are neither
rigorous nor demanding. The teachings are basic
to human principles and how to live life with
appreciation and respect for all things that affect
our lives. It teaches us to live with patience,
tolerance, compassion, understanding and love.
Konkokyo teaches us to value many things we
take for granted, such as the sun, air, and water,
and all the elements that support our lives, even
our bodily functions. We learn the importance of
human kindness and the tremendous satisfaction
we receive when helping others, without seeking
recognition or reward. Konkokyo keeps me
grounded and humble and gives me a path to
follow. And, very important to me, now more
than ever, it teaches me to honor, respect and
appreciate my ancestors for all things they’ve
done to provide us with a solid foundation of
Again, I don’t know how to pick out a single
special okage. A teaching says, “If you want to
meet Kami, step out of your entrance. The sky
above is Kami, and all beneath is Kami.” When
you look about you, Kami-Sama’s okage is
It’s all about recognizing it,
appreciating it, and reacting positively to it. We
are always in the midst of Kami-Sama’s okage,
but fail to see it. Okage exists in every aspect of
our lives. Let us all reach out to Kami-Sama and
receive okage daily. Seek it single heartedly and
you will receive it.
Konko Sama visits Hilo Church
Head Minister: Rev. Tetsuro Yasutake with
wife, Rev. Mitsuko Yasutake
Japanese-oriented congregation has ceased to
flourish, and more emphasis has been placed to
better accommodate the needs of the Englishoriented congregation.
on the 80th
Celebration of
Fortunately, the emergence of a new generation
of local born ministers provides us much
confidence, assurance, and hope for the future of
the Konkokyo community in Hawaii.
I wish and pray that I can be of help and support
for those young local ministers and lay believers
for the future expansion of the faith community
in Hawaii.
Propagation in Hawaii.
I made my first visit to Hawaii in September
1973. I accompanied the late Reverend Fumio
Yasutake of the Konko Church of Amagi to
attend the funeral service for the late Reverend
Masayuki Kodama, Head Minister of Konko
Mission of Honolulu.
My second visit to Hawaii was in August 1976
as part of the entourage of 160 people from
Amagi Church attending the 50th Anniversary
Celebration of the Konkokyo Propagation in
The third visit to Hawaii was made in March
1980. This time, my wife also came to take care
of the Konko Mission of Waipahu, and we have
lived here until today.
Konko Mission of Waipahu
When I moved to Hawaii, I was in my 40s.
There were active Issei and Nisei church
members who showed comfort in reciting
prayers in Japanese and listening to the sermons
also in Japanese.
But the time span of 20 years has transformed
the church environment, such that the majority of
the members have advanced in age and some
have passed away, and the use of the English
language for church functions has prevailed.
I can clearly visualize the generational transition
taking place in the Konkokyo faith community in
The Konkokyo operation for the
Yoga Class at Waipahu Church
Ms. Wanda Tamashiro
Konko Mission of Waipahu
Caring for Okaasan
A Story of Prosperity from Generation to Generation
However, I would come after work during those
But when Okaasan aged and she needed more
help, I retired and started to care for her. But, I
soon developed sciatica and pain in my back and
legs so we enlisted the help of young women
who proved to be stronger and more competent
in care giving for me. Included in this group
were CNA (Certified Nurse’s Assistant), and a
student nurse, a former nurse and a professional
caregiver. How did I find this help? Talking to
people and calling the Honolulu Gerontology
group for respite care. Sometimes they lived
close by as was Reiko Sensei, Angel and Clara.
I think all of us benefited from this arrangement
because the women were able to pay their rent,
buy a car and go to school with the money they
received from my mother and I was able to
recover, exercise, and do other work.
Okaasan—Ruth Tottori (left) and Wanda Tamashiro (right)
Taking care of senior citizens is a major concern
in most families. Do we put Okaasan in a
nursing home at a cost of $6,000-7,000 a month
or put her in a care home for less? Or do we try
to keep her at a home? But who will take care of
her for 24 hours a day? Well, our family decided
to keep her home with a combination of relatives,
caregivers and friends, which seemed to be
mutually beneficial for the parties involved.
Voluntary help came from my cousin Amy
Suzuki, my sister Michan, my sister-in-laws
Miriam and Bertha. They along with my Aunty
Yabuki, provided some welcomed emotional
support and good food for my mother. My
cousin said that she also benefited emotionally
from these visits because she had lost her mother
when she was young.
This solution has helped us to keep Okaasan at
her home for over 9 years and this year she will
be 97 years old. My son and daughter-in-law
lived with her and my father. This arrangement
kept my parents safe at home for all these years
and they in turn were given a place to live; and it
has helped me and my siblings from ever having
to sleep over so they can attend their own affairs.
Living right across the street from the Waipahu
Konko Mission was very beneficial for Okaasan
because Okusan Yasutake, Mrs. Shimai and the
late Mrs. Ishii and other members came to help
take care of her and my father when they were
still able to walk and so we could all go to work.
As they say in Konkokyo, aiyo kakeyo (mutually
beneficial relationship) has taken place and that
is why I think this is a story of prosperity from
generation to generation—from Okaasan to my
siblings, to my children and to our young
caregivers. We have all prospered.
Konko Sama visits Waipahu Church
Top (L-R) Church Bazaar
Bottom (L-R) Shiatsu session and Kendo class
Inochi no Shin no Hataraki
Head Minister: Rev. Yasuhiro Yano
visitation of the Reverends Kokichi Katashima in
1926. Can we recreate the joy and happiness that
the people in the community initially experienced
when they bonded as Konko believers in Hawaii?
They exchanged “Omedeto Gozaimasu” and
“Arigato Gozaimasu” when they got together. We
might have perpetuated that principle of “Inochi no
Shin no Hataraki” for 80 years in Hawaii. But the
magnitude of expressed and shared joy and
happiness among the faith community may have
diminished considerably in the course of our
existence in the last 80 years. And this diminished
function of “Inochi no Shin no Hataraki” is
reflected in the moderate operation of the
Konkokyo in Hawaii we now face.
Konko-Sama related the
theme “Inochi no Shin
no Hataraki” or the vital
work that sustains all
living things.
He is
quoted as saying, “A tree
with thriving branches
and a firm root system
growth.” The roots take
up nutrients from the
ground and send them
all the way up to the branches and leaves. While
the leaves yield nutrients for the tree by the work
of photosynthesis, the nutrients are then sent down
to the roots. This vital work can be referred to as
“Inochi no Shin no Hataraki.”
Let us try to recreate the overwhelming sense of
joy and happiness the believers of Honolulu might
have experienced upon the arrival of the Reverends
Masayuki and Kikue Kodama. The initial thought
of appreciation for the presence of the resident
ministers at each local church has been diminished
and replaced with a demand for a better minister of
our liking. The situation reflects a feeble state of
“Inochi no Shin no Hataraki.” Let us try to say
“Arigato Gozaimasu” for the presence of our
ministers and extend our appreciation for the
services being provided by them. Let us try to
show our appreciation for the continued operation
of our church and share our thoughtfulness to
fellow church members. If we stop admiring and
expressing thanks to our spiritual head, KonkoSama, we will simply find it difficult to enjoy
blessings and witness the thriving of our faith
community as a whole. I know the situation is not
all that simple, but a simple act of showing our
respect and appreciation for the work of the
ministers as representatives of the spiritual head,
Konko-Sama, will reinvigorate the work of “Inochi
no Shin no Hataraki” for the faith community in
Hawaii. Ministers alike need to be willing to
activate our part of “Inochi no Shin no Hataraki.”
If we can rejuvenate this work in our Konkokyo
faith community, we will be able to perpetuate the
presence of our faith community for many more
centuries to come.
The same function of “Inochi no Shin no Hataraki”
or “the vital work of sustenance” also can be found
in each of us. When a baby is born, we celebrate
the birth of a new life. We often say, “Omedeto
Gozaimasu” or congratulations and “Arigato
Gozaimasu” (thank you) amongst ourselves. We
simply try to share our happiness and joy with each
other. When a baby celebrates his or her first
birthday, we try to extend our happiness and joy,
and keep the tradition of exchanging our
congratulations, by saying “Omedeto Gozaimasu”
or “Arigato Gozaimasu” amongst ourselves. As
the child grows up and enters school, we exchange
the same greetings. So too, when a child graduates
from school, gets a job or gets married.
In trying to perpetuate this ritual of extending
positive greetings, we activate the work of “Inochi
no Shin no Hataraki” for human beings. When we
cease to extend our thoughts of happiness, joy, and
appreciation amongst ourselves, we may then stop
growing as an individual, thus encounter disruptive
relationships with others. In the same manner that
a tree sheds its leaves and the roots stop providing
nutrients, the tree will eventually die.
This year marks the 80th year since the initial
Konkokyo community was born through the
Ms. Jane Suwa
Konko Mission of Wahiawa
I pray to Ikigami Konko Daijin Sama every morning
before I leave home to protect my family and friends,
keep us safe, in good health and give us the
guidance we need in our daily lives. When any of
my family members goes on a trip for vacation we
always ask Reverend Yano to “onegai” for a safe
trip. Whenever I have to go to an event and I know
parking is a problem, I always pray to Konko Sama
to please help me find a parking space when I get
there and somehow I always find a parking space.
Every night, before I go to bed, I always pray to
Ikigami Konko Daijin Sama to thank him for a
wonderful day and for all the blessings he has given
us today and continue to bless us each and every day.
(The four generations of the Suwa Family: Bottom L- Jane Suwa,
Jayden Adkison, Mitsuko Suwa, Top L- Trisha & Bryce Adkison)
My name is Jane Suwa and I am a member of the
Wahiawa Konko Mission. I was first introduced to the
Konkokyo faith over 20+ years ago by my mother-inlaw whom I drove to this church with her friend to
attend the evening services, which were held on the
1st , 13th and 23rd of each month. My two daughters and
I started attending church services on Sundays around
1982. After the church service, there was Sunday
School for about an hour conducted by Reverend
Reiko Yano at the downstairs hall. My daughters
along with my niece, nephew and Reverend Yano’s
three children were taught some Japanese language
and other activities such as arts, Japanese children
card games, crafts, and snacks were served after
Konkokyo has given my family many divine blessings
since we started attending this church. My children
from grade school to college achieved good grades all
throughout their school years and I thank Konko Sama
for all these OKAGE.
My significant divine blessing has been my two
children and their families who are all healthy and are
doing well today. I have been blessed with three
grandchildren who have lots of energy, all in good
health which makes me happy. My son-in-law, who is
in the Army, has just been deployed to Iraq for one
year and I pray to Konko Sama every day to watch
over him, keep him safe, in good health and to bring
him home safely to his family.
As we look to the future, the Konkokyo faith can
continue to prosper if we continue to have
newsletters informing us of the upcoming services
and activities. They should also have the Konkokyo
teachings and speeches done at Sunday’s Services
on the newsletters for family members and friends to
read, who were unable to attend that particular
service, and the church members can distribute the
newsletters to their family member and friends to
spread the Konkokyo teachings. There should be
more guest speaking sessions at public events, more
radio exposure, more newspaper articles, etc. on
what the Konkokyo faith is all about. We should
also let the public know that Konkokyo now has a
website if they want to know more about this faith.
Konko Sama visits Wahiawa Church
Mr. Channon Pangorang
Konko Mission of Wahiawa
Channon is a childhood friend of Rodney and David Yano of Wahiawa Church since early elementary school days. Channon, along with
his four other siblings often participated in various church activities—the friendship still continues.
I remember when I was in
the fourth grade.
friends and I, including
David and Rodney, went
to play at a nearby parking
lot. We were playing
“Who can bounce the golf
ball the highest.” Out of
the many times I was
bouncing the ball, I
beamed the ball to the
concrete pavement with
full force.
Then it
backfired just above my right eye socket. I sustained a
cut about half an inch in length. My mother, not
wanting me to turn to the hospital for stitches, went to
the Wahiawa Church to talk about the matter with
Rodney’s mom.
Konko Mission of Wahiawa
Rev. Reiko Yano handing
Konko-Sama the sacred
Tamagushi branch at the
2002 Autumn Grand
Service at the
Headquarters, Japan
I remember Rodney’s mom dabbing my wound with
sacred rice wine and putting a piece of goshinmai
sacred rice paper over it, and a bandage to seal it all in.
Then she told my mom and me not to touch or wash the
treated area for one whole week. Then, in just 5 days,
the worn out bandage started to peel off by itself.
Rodney’s mom told me to bring back the sacred rice
paper that was on my wound to dispose of it properly.
Under the dirty bandage was a cut that had amazingly
healed. No stitches were necessary. And till today, no
scars remain. This was a divine blessing.
Wahiawa Church 60th
Anniversary Service
March 12, 2000
Volunteer Activity
At Wahiawa General
Hospital Long Term
Care Facility
I joined the United States Army in June 1999. I was
assigned to go to Afghanistan in 2002. And in August
of 2002, my right arm had been slashed with a dull
knife or something, by one of the insurgents. It was a
wound about 4 inches long. I remembered that I had the
sacred rice that Rodney’s dad handed to me before I left
for Afghanistan. I ate the sacred rice and put the sacred
rice paper on my wound. Again, no stitches were
necessary, and now only a barely noticeable scratch
remains. Then again in March 2003, I went to Iraq. I
got slashed on my back, but I couldn’t reach the wound,
so I did not put the goshinmai sacred rice paper. The
wound healed, but the scar is much more noticeable on
my back. “Goshinmai” works! I resigned from the US
Army in February 2004, and am currently studying to
be in the law enforcement agency.
Wahiawa Church
Annual New Year’s
L-R: Reiko Yano
Chad Pangorang (Channon’s brother)
Rodney Yano, and Edna Yano
attend the 100th Anniversary
of Konko Church of Amagi
(Fukuoka, Japan)
October 23~24, 2004
Head Minister: Rev. Setsuko Okuno
We celebrate the 80th
Anniversary of the Konko
Missions in Hawaii with
divine blessings received
in expanding our religion
in Hawaii.
Throughout our lifetime we encounter many
challenges. Always be “Thankful” of the life
given to you by Kami-Sama, and change your
outlook of suffering to a heart of “Joy and
Peace.” Welcome the future with a heart of
“Thankfulness” as you recite daily, the “Tenchi
Kakitsuke” the “Divine Reminder of Heaven and
Earth”. Let us all pray with a single heart with
great hope for a bright future.
Since 1926, there were
many changes over the
generations in our society.
And I wholeheartedly express my gratitude to
Ikigami Konko Daijin Tenchi Kane no Kami for
allowing our Konko religion to thrive in Hawaii.
I also convey my deepest appreciation to our
pioneering ministers, who dedicated their lives in
establishing the foundation of our religion in
A brief chronology of
Konko Mission of Hanapepe
1952 Rev. Shoichi Okuno arrived in Hawaii.
1953 Konko Mission of Hanapepe established.
1954 Rev. Setsuko Okuno arrived in Hanapepe.
1963 Massive flooding of Hanapepe River.
The people of Hanapepe and the church
received a miracle—no lives were lost.
1964 New church building completed.
1966 Monthly religious services begun at
Anahola and Koloa.
1982 Hurricane Iwa caused major damage to
the island of Kauai.
1992 Hurricane Iniki devastated the entire
island of Kauai with landfall in Hanapepe.
1994 Konko Mission of Hanapepe relocated to
1997 Rev. Shoichi Okuno passed away.
Rev. Setsuko Okuno appointed Head
Minister by Konkokyo Headquarters.
Kauai Gathering
Kauai Gathering
Reverend Shoichi Okuno
A Selfless and Compassionate Pioneer of the Konkokyo Faith
By Mr. Glenn Okuno
he faced very difficult conditions in Hanapepe in
unfamiliar multi-cultures and languages. Within
those challenges, his Mission was to save people and
propagate the Konkokyo teachings, to which he well
succeeded in his 44 years.
Reverend Shoichi Okuno
compassionate Teacher of
the Konkokyo faith. He
devoted 44 years saving
people and propagating its
teachings to the people of
He served as
Reverend of the Hanapepe
Konkokyo Church and as
Administrative Head of the
Konko Missions of
After the conversion of two consecutive old houses to
be the Konkokyo Church of Hanapepe, Reverend
Okuno built his third (and last) Konkokyo Church of
Hanapepe with his own muscle and sweat, alongside
its members. The large two-story solid wood and
concrete structure was built to last, withstanding
major floods and direct hits of Hurricanes Iwa and
Iniki. Through each ordeal, Reverends Shoichi and
Setsuko Okuno helped people to endure throughout
their trying aftermaths of each natural disaster.
Reverend Shoichi Okuno graduated in 1949 from the
Konkokyo Theological Seminary. In 1952, he was
sent on an assignment to Honolulu to assist in the
compilation of a book of Konkokyo teachings,
“Yasutake Matsutaro Kyo Go Shu”. Upon its
completion, he received the divine guidance from the
Third Konko-sama to immediately open a Konkokyo
Church in Hanapepe.
Hanapepe was a rural
agricultural community on Kauai with a diverse
ethnic mix of different cultures and languages. He
arrived in Hanapepe on June 17, 1953. After a year
of start-up challenges of the Church and stimulating
test of his faith, he was joined by his wife Reverend
Setsuko Okuno on July 4, 1954, after she graduated
from the Konkokyo Theological Seminary. Together
they pursued their challenging Mission in Hanapepe
of saving people and propagating the teachings of
Konkokyo in Hawaii.
In their Mission, for members who could not drive or
was inconvenienced to attend Church in Hanapepe
(west-side), Reverends Shoichi and Setsuko Okuno
brought the Church to them. Specific locations in
Koloa (south-side) and Anahola (east-side) were
established to hold regular monthly services to
accommodate its members, in addition to individually
requested services at homes and businesses.
In 1979, Reverend Okuno was diagnosed with
Parkinson’s disease, but his strong will to battle and
endure its degenerative symptoms for over 18 years
allowed him to continue with his Mission to help
people. During his latter years, he relocated to Oahu
for better medical attention and despite the eventual
decision to close the church in Hanapepe Valley, the
church operation still continues in Foster Village,
Oahu, by Reverend Setsuko Okuno.
As the children of Reverend Okuno, the three of us
have personally witnessed his selfless dedication and
commitment to the divine Mission that was bestowed
upon him by the Third Konko-sama. We have
watched our father put his heart and soul into saving
other people, enduring long hours of teaching,
counseling, and praying without break, putting their
needs before his own. The concept of a “vacation”,
as known in our working careers, did not exist in his
On January 26, 1997, at age 75, Reverend Shoichi
Okuno passed on to become a “Mitama Spirit”. His
passing was Kami Sama’s will and personal
acknowledgement to Reverend Okuno saying, “You
succeeded in your Mission, Gokuro-sama deshita!”.
The people of Hawaii, as well as each of his children,
have truly been inspired by Reverend Okuno’s
selflessness and compassion extended. He pioneered
the faith of Konkokyo in many people on Kauai and
throughout Hawaii. His Konkokyo legacy and
memories of his selflessness and compassion for
people will live-on in all of our hearts.
Our father was very warm-hearted and not only
physically strong with “big muscles” but also skilled
and strong-willed to endure many personal hardships
and challenges to pursue his Mission. From the start,
Rev. Ryoko Katsura, Rev. Masahiko Yoshino
and Rev. Kikue Kodama
3rd Yatsunami Festival at Ihilani Resort and Spa (1996)
Top: KCNA/ KMH Joint MWSS at Pagoda Hotel
Top: Volunteer Activity at Kuakini Medical Center
Top: KMH Conference in Kauai (2002)
Top: Young Minister’s Camp at Timberline (2006)
Head Minister: Rev. Hisayo Yasutake
I am filled with gratitude
as we observe the 80th
Anniversary of Konko
Missions in Hawaii.
We are here today due to
passed down to us the
Toritsugi mediation of
the Founder, Ikigami Konko Daijin.
In 1926, the Reverend Kokichi Katashima
organized a faith gathering. 31 years later, in
1957, Reverend Takiyo Nakai, who had been
training at the Konko Mission of Honolulu, came
to Maui to begin propagation work.
Konko Sama visits Wailuku Church
There is a teaching (Voice of the Universe; pg. 42; #135)
which states, “Few have a heart that Kami can
accept. Those whose hearts can be accepted by
Kami will be blessed with good health, wealth,
and wisdom for three generations, resulting in a
strong family lineage.”
Those that can claim to have practiced faith for
three generations are growing in number.
However, I believe one should begin counting
from himself and strive to pass on this way of
faith down to children, then grandchildren and
receive the blessings of having carried this faith
for three generations.
Ms. Noreen Nagata
Konko Mission of Wailuku
Ms. Elsie H. Miyamoto
Konko Mission of Wailuku
I was introduced to the
Konkokyo faith when I was
about 8 years old. I began
attending church as I
followed alongside my
I first began attending
Konkokyo when I had a
dress shop business next to
Reverend Nakai had to
pass my shop whenever
she went to the market.
After work, my daughter
age 3 at that time, and I
would stop by the church to do “Orei” (give
thanks), and head on home.
Konkokyo is an important
part of my life. I believe in the teachings of
Ikigami Konko Daijin. It has helped me in my
Being blessed everyday, and given
guidance everyday is a divine blessing.
Konkokyo is very important to me. I received
many, many divine blessings. Without it, I
wouldn’t be alive today.
The most significant divine blessing I have
received is having three children who are doing
well. As for the blessings that my family have
received, my mother has been helped a lot by the
blessings she has received. She has undergone a
lot of pain and suffering (cancer and
osteoporosis) and yet she still has a strong
outlook on life.
A significant divine blessing I recall is that I had
lung cancer in 1975, it has since been arrested
and I am doing fine. Just three years ago, I got
into an auto accident and my car was a total
wreck. I had no injuries whatsoever. It was
really a blessing.
I think it is a personal value for each person to
have faith. Because everyone is so busy,
membership in all churches is declining. Each
person needs to look in themselves and make
their own commitment.
Not too long ago I have received a divine
I fell in my yard while doing
something, and I immediately asked KonkoSama for help. I received my divine blessing
and am feeling much better now. Prayer is
My family has also received okage. Recently,
my niece who lives in Kula had an accident
while lifting a box. She damaged her neck and
had even gone to the chiropractic center for
therapy. I called Yasutake Sensei to offer
prayers for her.
Her condition since has
improved significantly.
As we look to the future of Konkokyo, I believe
we must increase membership in our church.
Konkokyo is a wonderful religion for everybody
who needs protection, guidance, but above all,
“Divine Blessings.”
Wailuku Church Sunday School
Back in the days
Konko Mission of Wailuku
Late Rev. Kiyotaka Yasutake
2nd Generation Head Minister
Konko Mission of Wailuku
March 3, 1942 ~ December 27, 1992
Wailuku Church Members
back in the days (above left)
KMH Convention in Wailuku, Maui (1981)
Service in the new church hall (below left)
Wedding Ceremony at Wailuku Church (below right)
History of Konko Missions in Hawaii (KMH): 1996~2006
August 17
KMH 70th Anniversary Celebration at Konko Mission of Honolulu.
August 18
3rd Yatsunami Festival at Ihilani Resort and Spa.
January 26
Rev. Shoichi Okuno, head minister of Konko Mission of Hanapepe,
passes away at age 75.
August 14
Rev. Kanae Yasutake transfers to Konko Mission of Wailuku from
Konko Church of Yoshii in Fukuoka, Japan.
August 17
4th Yatsunami Festival at Ala Moana Beach Park.
August 19-21 Youth Camp at Konko Mission of Wailuku, Maui.
September 1
Revs. Yoshitsugu Fukushima and Shinji Yamada with families arrive
in Hawaii to work as advisors and staff the KMH Administrative
November 28 Rev. Kikue Kodama, head minister of Konko Mission of Honolulu,
passes away at age 90.
January 28
Rev. Makio Nagai appointed the Chief Administrative Minister of
July 17-19
Youth Gathering at Camp Erdman.
August 16
5th Yatsunami Festival at Konko Mission of Honolulu.
June 10
Mr. David Yano ordained as Konkokyo minister.
September 4
Youth Gathering at Konko Mission of Waipahu and Hawaiian Waters
Adventures Park.
February 2
Rev. Saijiro Matsuda arrives in Hawaii to work at Konkokyo Hawaii
February 25
Rev. Yoshitsugu Fukushima appointed as the Director of the Konkokyo
Hawaii Center (KHC).
August 11-13 Konko Churches of North America (KCNA)/KMH Joint Conference at
Hilo Hawaiian Hotel: 100th Anniversary of Konkokyo Independence
celebrated with the presence of the 5th Spiritual Leader,
Rev. Heiki Konko and wife, Mrs. Yaeko Konko.
February 15
Rev. Kyoji Muta arrives in Hawaii to work as a staff of KHC.
March 15
Rev. Shinji Yamada and family returns to Japan.
June 1
Mr. Rodney Yano ordained as Konkokyo minister.
July 6-8
Youth Gathering at Pu’u O Hoku Ranch on Molokai.
August 28
Rev. Megumi Yano transfers to Konko Mission of Wahiawa from
Shiranuhi Church in Fukuoka, Japan.
May 31
Rev. Fukushima finishes term as Director of KHC, and returns to
June 1
Rev. Kyoji Muta appointed as Director of KHC.
June 12
Rev. Masahiko Oka arrives in Hawaii to work as a staff of KHC.
July 11-13
Youth Gathering at Aloha Beach Resort Hotel on Kauai.
July 13-14
KMH Conference at Aloha Beach Resort Hotel.
June 1
Mr. Alvin Yasutake ordained as Konkokyo minister.
September 24 Ms. Edna Yano ordained as Konkokyo minister.
March 27
Rev. Saijiro Matsuda returns to Japan for a year.
July 15-22
Hawaii youth group goes to Tokyo for the 2nd KIYA Peace Prayer.
July 20
1st Konkokyo International Youth Assembly and Peace Prayer at
Konko Church of Tokyo, Japan.
July 28
Youth Gathering at Konko Mission of Waipahu and the Hawaiian
Waters Adventure Park.
August 26
Rev. Koichi Konko transfers to Konko Mission of Honolulu from
Konko Church of Amagi in Fukuoka, Japan.
May 10
Rev. Saijiro Matsuda returns to Hawaii for another term.
June 10
Rev. Kyoji Muta finishes term as Director of KHC and returns to
June 11
Rev. Masahiko Oka appointed Director of KHC.
July 2-4
Youth Gathering at Camp Timberline.
July 17-18
KMH Conference at Konko Mission of Honolulu.
August 21
2nd Konkokyo International Youth Assembly and Peace Prayer at USS
Battleship Missouri.
August 31
Rev. Rodney Yano moved to Konko Church of San Francisco on a
three year term as assistant minister.
February 19
Family Gathering at Konko Mission of Wahiawa and Dole Plantation.
July 21-26
Hawaii youth group goes to Korea for the 3rd KIYA Peace Prayer.
July 24
3rd Konkokyo International Youth Assembly and Peace Prayer in South
August 5-7
KCNA/KMH Joint Conference at Camp Angelos in Corbett, Oregon.
April 26
First invocation for Senate at State Capitol by Rev. Edna Yano.
June 16-18
Youth Gathering held at Konko Mission of Honolulu.
Minister’s gathering with Rev. Shiro Okuhara (Japan)
KMO Chorus Group (since 1997)
Punch Bowl Visit on Memorial Day
Missionary Women’s Society Seminar
KIYA Peace Prayer at USS Missouri
Youth Camp in Portland, Oregon
KMH Summer Youth Gathering at Honolulu Church (2006)
2nd Konkokyo Int’l Youth Assembly picnic at Magic Island
Dr. George Tanabe’s lecture
Rev. Masako Kikekawa (KCNA)
At the Water Park
3rd KIYA Peace Prayer in Korea
Winter Youth Gathering at Honolulu Church
KMH 80th Anniversary Steering Committee Members
Koichi Konko and Paula Higuchi
Chair: Saijiro Matsuda
Co-chair: *Ronald Yamanaka
Chair: Masahiko Oka
Co-chair: Edna Yano
Chair: John Tamashiro
Co-chair: *Randy Furusho
Saijiro Matsuda
Edna Yano
David Yano
Bottom L-R: Koichi, Paula, John, Masahiko. Top L-R: Edna
Translation: *Yasuhiro Yano
Reiko, David, Randy, Ronald, Alvin, Wanda, Saijiro, Roy
Publication: Edna Yano
Other Members: Roy Yasutake, Alvin Yasutake, Reiko Yano, and *Wanda Tamashiro
*Sub-committee members and consultation
Church Directory
Konko Missions in Hawaii
URL: http://www.konkomissionshawaii.org/
Konko Mission of Wahiawa
207 Muliwai Avenue
Wahiawa, Hawaii 96786
℡& (808) 621-6667
[email protected]
Konkokyo Hawaii Center
Administrative Office
1744 Liliha Street Suite 304
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
℡ & (808) 536-9078
[email protected]
Revs. Yasuhiro & Reiko Yano
Revs. David & Megumi Yano
*Rev. Rodney Yano Rev. Edna Yano
Konko Mission of Hanapepe
c/o Rev. Setsuko Okuno
1544 Molehu Drive
Honolulu, Hawaii 96818
℡ (808) 423-7707
Rev. Masahiko Oka Rev. Saijiro Matsuda
Rev. Koichi Konko
Konko Mission of Honolulu
1728 Liliha Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
℡ (808) 533-7173
(808) 521-7423
[email protected]
Rev. Setsuko Okuno
Konko Mission of Wailuku
2267 Mokuhau Road
Wailuku, Hawaii 96793
℡ (808) 244-4738
(808) 242-7603
[email protected]
Revs. Masahiko & Sugako Yoshino
Rev. Doris Kodama Rev. Todd Takahashi
Rev. Koichi Konko
Konko Mission of Hilo
58 Huapala Lane
Hilo, Hawaii 96720
℡ & (808) 935-3239
Rev. Hisayo Yasutake
Rev. Roy Yasutake
Rev. Kanae Yasutake
Rev. Alvin Yasutake
Konko Churches of North America
Administrative Office
5319 Sherbrooke St.
Vancouver, BC., V5W, 3M3, Canada
℡ (800) 719-5262 or (604) 637-7511
(604) 876-4326
[email protected]
URL: http://www.konko.com
Or: www.konkokyo.or.jp/eng/
Revs. Makio & Yoshie Nagai
Konko Mission of Waipahu
94-106 Mokukaua Street
Waipahu, Hawaii 96797
℡ & (808) 677-3716
[email protected]
Revs. Tetsuro & Mitsuko Yasutake
Revs. Mitsumasa & Mayumi Yasutake
Rev. Katsuo Yasutake Rev. Noriko Yasutake
*Revs. Akinobu & Miyoko Yasutake
*Currently out of state