Wailuku Hongwanji Gakuen, a Japanese language school, held its graduation ceremony May 24 at Wailuku Hongwanji Temple.
Kami Makato Shimabuku, daughter of Eddie and Cindy Shimabuku, and Layce Terumi Yamauchi, daughter of Lance and Lynn Yamauchi received Gakuen diplomas and graduation trophies from the Rev. Shinkai Murakami, principal of Wailuku Hongwanji Gakuen.
Yamauchi also received the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii Bishop's award, and Shimabuku also received the Hawaii Kyoikukai Award.
Layce Terumi Yamauchi (from left), the Rev. Shinkai Murakam and Kami Makato Shimabuku pose for a photo at the Wailuku Hongwanji Gakuen graduation ceremony.
Dylan Kiyoshi Manibog received Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii Bishop's award for 6th grade.
The following students received certificates of merit from the Japanese Educational Fund of Hawaii: Aramis Jalen Kalani Corteza Davis, Alana Natsuko Battad, Kaysha-Lee Villaverde, Dayna Tamiko McGinnis, Tasia Misae Matsuda, Kailani Searcy, Alan Alexander Louie.
All students received certificates of completion and gifts from Wailuku Hongwanji Gakuen.