Local Religion / In Brief

Bell service set at Buddist temple

Makawao Buddhist Temple will hold a Memorial Bell Service at 9 a.m. Sunday at 1074 Makawao Ave. in memory of five young men who perished in 1923 when caught in a storm during an attempted ascent to the summit of Haleakala.

The tragic deaths of the young men, who were members of the Hamakuapoko Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, united the Japanese/Japanese-American community, which came together to raise funds for casting the temple bell in Kyoto, Japan.

Cast by one of three master bellmakers of the period in Kyoto, the bell is inscribed with a dedication in memory of the five young men: Yoichi Arai, Toshio Higuchi, Kazuyuki Kawauye, Tokuichi Matsumoto and Yoriyoshi Tagawa.

The bell originally was installed at the Hamakuapoko Hongwanji until the plantation closed. It was reinstalled by members of the Makawao Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in 2018 on the lanai of the temple with a bronze plaque explaining the significance of the bell.

The bell is rung once a year on April 1 in memory of the five young men, and beginning this year the temple will host an annual memorial service to ensure the story is never forgotten.

“We will never forget the story of the Hamakuapoko Memorial Bell, which speaks to the power of community united by the universal truth of impermanence,” said the Rev. Kerry Kiyohara, resident minister of Makawao Hongwanji Buddhist Temple. “What a remarkable chain of causes and conditions allow us to reflect on this truth by ringing the bell in memory of the five young men almost 100 years later.”

The service is open to the public.

For more information, contact the temple office at makawaohongwanji@gmail.com or 572-7229 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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