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Local Religion / In Brief

Health emergency closes temple

Makawao Hongwanji Buddhist Temple is closed until further notice in compliance with the declaration of a public health emergency by the County of Maui and the State of Hawaii.

All activities at the temple are suspended.

Sunday service, sunrise service and chanting the Shoshinge will be livestreamed from the Minister Residence, not the Temple Hall. Buddhist study classes will be offered via videoconferencing.

The nokotsudo (columbarium) is open by appointment only. Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance and door handles will be wiped down prior to visits. Visitors are strongly encouraged to practice social distancing.

The temple is not accepting donations for its garage sale at this time.

The temple office will be closed and the resident minister and temple secretary will work from home.

The Rev. Kerry Kiyohara remains available for urgent end-of-life religious services and visitations (as permitted by the facilities involved), consultation and counseling.

For more information, call the temple office at (808) 572-7229 and leave a message or email MakawaoHongwanji@honpahi.org.

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Mass at church in Kaupo canceled

Due to concerns about COVID-19, Mass at St. Joseph Mission Church at Kaupo on Sunday has been canceled. Mass is celebrated at the remote church only when there is a 5th Sunday in any given month.

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