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Mantokuji Temple Mission of Paia, Paia

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Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Brief History

Paia Mantokuji Soto Mission was founded on November 7, 1906 by The Reverend Sokyo Ueoka of Hiroshima, Japan. The original site of the temple was adjacent to the present Paia Fire Station. The present temple building was completed in


Sokyo Ueoka’s son, Sokan, and grandson, Shuko Stanley, became the second and third resident ministers, respectively. The fourth minister was The Rev. Seigo Hanuki from Fukushima, Japan and the fifth minister was The Rev. fli Otani of Tokyo, Japan.

The Mission endured the internment of the second minister, Sokan Ueoka, during World War II, and survived the Tsunami (Tidal Wave) of 1946.

From 1938 until 1965, the Mission operated a crematorium, and from 1937 until 1941, sponsored a school for sewing and cooking called the Kasei Women’s School.
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  • At a time where the Japanese were the largest group of laborers imported to work on the sugar plantations, this temple was constructed, and later, a crematorium and a cemetery.  more »
  • We happened across this site. The temple is not in character with Hawaii but the cemetery is quite unique. I am not quite sure how to describe here but tranquil would be my best attempt.  more »
  • Awesome, will return, soon. Maybe this year
  • Beautiful resting place.

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