Please note that all Sunday services and activities at Lihue Hongwanji will be suspended for the months of March and April.

Please check back frequently as the situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19) changes on a daily basis.  We will post cancellations as we know about them. Continue checking on the links below for updated information.


Please keep the Nembutsu close to heart and mind as nothing can affect the wisdom and compassion of Amida or the working of his vow. 

Namo Amida Butsu


For additional information please also check the Honpa Hongwanji website


For other resources please check the following:

CDC, COVID-19 Information 


Hawaii State Department of Health


Kauai Government, COVID-19 information and closures


Helpful tip: Reciting the “Golden Chain of Love” takes about 20 seconds, the CDC-recommended minimum time for washing your hands. Hands together!


–Wonderful idea from David Atcheson, Hawaii Betsuin board member and web volunteer




Suspension of Services and Activities at Lihue Hongwanji

With an abundance of caution and in thoughtful consideration of the health and well-being of our members, visitors, and the greater community of Kauai, Lihue Hongwanji Mission is suspending all Sunday services and activities at our temple through March and April. 


This includes:

  • April 5 Buddha Day/Hanamatsuri (Kauai Buddhist Council) Service at Garden Island Mortuary Chapel
  • April 19 Eshinni & Kakushinni Service at Lihue Hongwanji with guest speaker Mrs. Lois Toyama

The following affiliated organizations will suspend use of Temple facilities:

  • Lihue Kendo Club
  • Lihue Aiki-Kai
  • Scouts
  • Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko practice
  • Pickleball
  • LHWA meetings


The LHM Preschool will follow Hawaii Department of Education guidelines; closed through March 27 for now.


The following will remain in place as possible:

  •  ** Please note from today (3/29/2020)  the Columbarium will remain closed until further notice.  Thank you for your understanding.  The Columbarium will remain open daily as normal. Hand sanitizer will be available in the minister’s office and visitors are strongly encouraged to practice social distancing (remain six feet apart).
  • ** The temple doors will remain closed but can be opened by Shaku Kaufmann on request. Please use available hand sanitizer in the minister’s office and practice social distancing.
  • ** Bedside, end-of-life visitations, as allowed by the facility. New restrictions will allow bedside, end-of-life visitations will only be allowed via technology (cell phone, Skype, etc.).
  • ** Memorial services previously scheduled
  • ** Funeral services, as needed As possible, please schedule funeral services after May 15.
  • ** Ministerial counseling as needed  Due to Social Distancing concerns, it would be appropriate to call for ministerial counseling via phone conversation.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Shaku Kaufmann at the temple office (808) 245-6262, the parsonage (808) 245-4543, emergency cell number (808) 384-7521 or via email at


Please help each other and stay in touch, especially with those who may not have email or internet or have family on-island.  We also add a caution to maintain “social distancing” as the new norm in any situation. If you know of anyone, especially our Kupuna, in need of help with shopping or getting to an appointment, please do not hesitate to contact the LHM office.


Please continue to check on the LHM website for updated information as it becomes available:


Beginning on Sunday March 22, 2020, as a State Ministers Association endeavor, with the assistance of Hawaii Betsuin, each Sunday there will be a live stream of a Sunday Service with a Dharma Message which will later be posted as a YouTube video.  Please visit Live Streaming Services for complete information.


We hope everyone stays safe and healthy during this difficult and chaotic time. Please keep the Nembutsu close to heart and mind as nothing can affect the wisdom and compassion of Amida or the working of his vow.  Namo Amida Butsu


Thank you all for your patience.  This is truly an example of impermanence and interdependence in real life.


Carol Valentine



Shaku Arthur Kaufmann

Resident Minister


Please check on the Kauai Government website for updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19) for Kauai.

Please check on the Honpa Hongwanji website for COVID-19 information.