Lihu‘e Hongwanji Women’s Association


Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii


Hawaii Federation of Buddhist Women’s Associations


1727 Pali Highway    

Honolulu, Hawaii 96813




Seeking Delegates for the


Student Exchange Program To Japan


July-August 2019


What: Student Exchange Program to Japan
When: Late July to early August 2019 (14 days)
Who: Two Hawaii women, ages 17–23 years old
Why: Be exposed to Buddhist and Asian culture;             Be a missionary of good will




1. Obtain applications from temple offices or at, search for “Student Exchange”


2.  Submit completed application to:                      
Student Exchange Committee Chairperson
Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii
Federation of Buddhist Women’s Associations
1727 Pali Highway Honolulu, HI 96813


3.   Applications must be received no later than                   October 31, 2018.  

    If you would like to pick up information or an application please see Rev. Kaufmann at LHM, or you may download the information below.  Feel free to contact a BWA member.


Student Exchange Information
Please read for the details of the exchange and the application process.
Microsoft Word Document 144.1 KB
Application for Student Exchange, for Summer 2019
Due to Honpa Headquarters by October 31, 2018
Microsoft Word Document 85.5 KB

LHWA Installation, January 7, 2018

Officers LHWA, 2018
 President Lynette Mizuo
First VP Karen Nishimoto
Second VP Edith Ushio
Recording Secretary Gladys Fujiuchi



Janet Niitani

Charlotte Yasumoto


Yoko Takabayashi

Assistant Treasurer 

Arlene Fujikawa


Carolyn Yamasaki

Diane Fukuyama


Rev. Kazunori Takahashi

Kauai United Buddhist Women's Association, Fall Conference


A wonderful opening service was held in the WKHM Hanapepe temple.  Following the service, we went to the Social Hall for refreshments and a business meeting. New officers were elected for the Kauai United Hongwanji BWA for the next two years.  The new officers are:  President Lynne Matsumura, VP Shirley Kakuda, Secretary Carol Valentine, Treasurer Faye Tateishi and Auditors Carol Paler & Roberta Yanagawa.  Rev. Kazunori Takahashi will be the Ministerial Advisor.


Following the business meeting we were treated to a presentation from Janice Bond, as a representative of AARP, who spoke about Fraud Protection.  She spoke as a representative of AARP and shared stories of fraud, scammers, and identity theft to help us all become aware of how easy it is to fall for those scams. 


Fraud Protection advice (Please read and post by your phone and/or computer):


ü  Be aware and vigilant on the internet and with social media; you cannot believe everything you read or the stories people tell.


ü  Be aware of phone calls you receive from people you do not personally know; not everyone is calling to help you or even has your best interests at heart.


ü  Remember, the IRS, your Credit Card company or Medicare will NEVER call you to ask you for your social security number or your credit card number.  They will NEVER ask you to pay for anything with an untraceable prepaid debit card or a money order.  Hang up.


ü  Microsoft will NEVER call you to let you know they have found a virus on your computer; do not give them access to your computer.  Hang up.


ü  It is possible to contact your credit card company and ask them to put a fraud alert on your account.  In this case, the credit card company would call you if there is a suspicious charge being placed on your card.  Again, the credit card company will NEVER ask for your social security number or your credit card number.


ü  In 2018, Medicare will send out new Medicare cards, without using social security numbers.  These new cards will be sent to you automatically.  Scammers know this and are now calling people to “help” them get their new cards.  If you have a phone call from someone promising help with your new Medicare card, don’t give them any information, simply hang up.


ü  If you receive suspicious phone calls or if you are a victim of a scam, please contact the Federal Trade Commission at   


ü  If you fall victim to Identity Theft, please check out for forms and information


ü  To read more about the latest scams, check out


Following Janice’s key note speech, an ono-licious lunch was enjoyed, along with desserts provided by some of the attendees.  After lunch Fay & Laurie Tateishi gave the group a demonstration of okoshi making and we all were able to take home a small packet of the delicious okoshi for ourselves. 

Hawaii Buddhist Women's Association Fall 2017 Newsletter
Adobe Acrobat Document 3.7 MB

Kauai United Buddhist Women's Association Eshinni-Kakushinni Service,

held at Lihue Hongwanji Buddhist Temple on April 23, 2017. 

The speaker was Carol Valentine, of Lihue Hongwanji.