Support for Rev. Ai Hironaka and Family

The San Mateo Buddhist Temple Sangha offers its support and heartfelt wishes for Lahaina Hongwanji Temple Minister Rev. Ai Hironaka and his family. 

The Lahaina Hongwanji Temple in Lahaina has burned down due to the disastrous fires that struck Maui on August 8.

The minister and his family managed to escape however with only 2 days worth of clothes. All their other belongings have burned along with the temple, so the Sangha leaders in Maui have started a GoFundMe campaign to help them get back on their feet as quickly as possible.

Please use the link below to donate in support of Rev. Hironaka and his family:

Maui Wildfire Disaster Relief Fund

PHOTO CREDIT: Matthew Thayer / The Maui News / Associated Press

Donate here to benefit members of the Lahaina Hongwanji Mission and relief efforts on Maui in the aftermath of the devastating wildfires of August 2023. Lahaina Honganji Mission is a Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temple of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii, and any donation will have an immediate impact.

Donate through the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii

  • Online at by clicking on the “Maui Wildfire Disaster Relief”
    button under the “Donate” tab.
  • Donate by check payable to: HHMH (Please note on memo line: “Maui Wildfire Disaster

Mail checks to: Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii, 1727 Pali Highway, Honolulu, HI 96813

Donate through the BCA Social Welfare Committee

  • Donate by check payable to: BCA Endowment Foundation (Please note on memo line: MAUI RELIEF)  

Mail checks to: BCA Endowment Foundation – 2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA  94704

Memories of San Mateo Buddhist Temple’s First Obon

By Susan (Kawakita) Kwong

Hearing my mom reminisce of how she and a handful of her friends started Obon at San Mateo Buddhist Temple, it quickly caught my attention and found it my mission to contact her friends and listen to their stories. Wish I had known years earlier since I was only able to obtain a few people’s memories. Was quite interesting and wanted to share this story since our Obon is around the corner. Thank you, Mrs. Wada, Mrs. Hashimoto, and mom for reminiscing about San Mateo Buddhist Temple’s first Obon.

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