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Hawi Jodo Mission

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1932, Toshi Funagi, designer, and Yoneyoshi Nakamae, builder. 55-1104 Akoni Pule Hwy., Hawi
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)

Set back from the highway, just beyond the Catholic church, Hawi Jodo Mission replaced a temple of 1909, which was located behind the current Hawi post office. In 1931, the earlier building was dismantled and pieces of it were used to construct the present structure, resulting in an amalgam of plantation and traditional Japanese forms. The sweeping irimoya roof dominates the design, and not only shelters the temple but flows outward to encompass the kōhai, the carved mizuhiki koryo with its dragon head termini, and the ebi koryo. With symmetrically placed pairs of two-by-two, double-hung sash windows, this building is more Western in style than many of the more elaborately detailed Buddhist temples on the island, a reflection, in part, of the Great Depression period when it was built. The beautiful altar and gilded ramma derive from the earlier temple.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


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Don J. Hibbard, "Hawi Jodo Mission", [Waimea, 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, 278-278.

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