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Welcome Reverend Yamagishi

Hello, everyone!

Nice to meet you! I am Reverend Masanari Yamagishi.

I am happy to be assigned 4 temples in Hawaii District. This is my first assignment in Hawaii. I hope to see you all members at the church and online as soon as possible. We have some difficult due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, I believe we are always connecting each other with the teaching of the Nembutsu. I would like to spend a wonderful time with all of members at the temple service and fundraising event, and recite the Nembutsu together under the guidance of Amida Buddha’s Wisdom and Compassion.


I am from Toyama prefecture in Japan and am the third son of a temple family. I received Tokudo ordination at the age of 18. After I graduated from Ryukoku University in Kyoto, I worked as an office worker in a company in Toyama. However, after I experienced the loss of family members, I changed my mind and the incident led me to a period of trying to find myself and to understand what was happening in my life. It was at that point that I returned to a life of studying, and I decided to become a minister.

In 2018, I got my first assignment, which was to be a resident minister of Buddhist Church of Lodi and a supervising minister of Walnut Grove Buddhist Church in California. I transferred from BCA to Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii in February 2020. I completed the training program at Hawaii Betsuin until the end of July, and I was under HQ, and now I am assigned to Kamuela Hongwanji, Honokaa Hongwanji, Kohala Hongwanji and Paauilo Hongwanji from May 1, 2021.

See you soon! Thank you.

In Gassho,

Reverend Masanari Yamagishi

“Feeding our Keiki and Kupuna” continues in Honoka‘a

Meals can be picked every Friday between 4:00 and 5:30 PM at the Honoka‘a Hongwanji Buddhist Temple

45-5016 Lehua Street Honoka'a, HI 96727

A $5 donation helps buy dinner for an entire family!

Coming... September 2021