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Puna Hongwanji Temple

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1937, Charles Kohara. Old Volcano Rd. at Milo St.
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)

Bold and imposing, this temple is an excellent example of a Buddhist temple in Hawaii inspired by the precedent set by Honolulu's Honpa Hongwanji Temple (OA80), which drew upon Mughal architecture for its design. This two-story redwood building, with a metal-clad facade, is capped by a domed, octagonal, central tower and a pair of domed corner towers. A semicircular false front surmounts a Doric-columned entrance porch. Fanlights over the windows lend classical touches. The wisteria crest atop the blind arch centering the false front is that of the aristocratic Fujiwara clan, the insignia of the Hongwanji. The concrete raised basement houses a social hall, and the sanctuary is above it. Lanai along the sides of the building provide outdoor circulation at the temple level.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


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Don J. Hibbard, "Puna Hongwanji Temple", [Keaau, Hawaii], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Hawaii

Buildings of Hawaii, Don J. Hibbard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2011, 259-259.

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