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Koloa Jodo Temple

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1910, Antaro Michioka. 3438 Waikomo Rd.
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)

This small, 24 × 24-foot Buddhist temple is evidence of the meeting of East and West in Hawaii. It is essentially a plantation house with an irimoya (hipped gable) roof and a kōhai (portico) to signify the Japanese origins of its congregation. A product of the plantation environment, this single-wall building has tongue-and-groove walls, floor, and ceiling. The two-by-two, double-hung sash windows, four-panel doors, and porch railings also place the temple within a Western building tradition. Conforming to temple tradition, it is elevated, resting on posts enclosed by an apron; a lanai runs the length of the facade and wraps around both sides. The irimoya roof is well proportioned, although its tsuma kazari (gable ornament) is more playful and stylized than many found in Japan. The kōhai does not follow traditional proportions and also employs stylized forms. Following the construction of a new temple in 1987, the 1910 temple was converted to a nokotsudo, or columbarium.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


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Don J. Hibbard, "Koloa Jodo Temple", [Koloa, 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, 58-58.

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