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Food fundraiser on Sunday helps destroyed Lahaina temple

WAIMEA — Among the destruction from the recent Maui wildfires, the 122-year-old Lahaina Shingon Mission and its minister’s residence were totally destroyed.

The Waimea Shingon Mission, a sister temple to the destroyed temple, hosts a food fundraiser on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at its Waimea temple in Waimea Valley.

All meals are on a pickup-and-go basis.

Monetary contributions are welcomed and appreciated.

All proceeds from the food sales and donations will go directly to the Lahaina Shingon Mission and the Meguro family on Maui.

The food booth offerings will feature a variety of bon dance foods such as flying saucers, roast pork plate, cone sushi, maze sushi, the prized Indian curry plate and other items to be determined by the church membership.

Shingon Buddhism is a form of Mahayana Buddhism that was established in the early ninth century in Japan by Kobo Daishi after he journeyed to Tang Dynasty China to receive them, according to the Waimea Shingon website.

The word “Shingon” is a translation of the Sanskrit word “mantra.” Shingon Buddhism places great emphasis on mantras, both to be chanted and visualized.

Koyasan Shingon Buddhism is one of 18 schools in the Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism, with its headquarters located on Mt. Koya, which is registered as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization World Heritage site.

In 1915, the Koyasan Shingon Mission of Hawai‘i was established to govern the 12 Koyasan Shingon member missions on the four major Hawaiian Islands.

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Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 808-245-0453 or
Source: The Garden Island

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