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Mantokuji Soto Zen Mission

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1921, Seiichi Tomokiyo. 5636 Hana Hwy.
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)

A sweeping irimoya roof with an imposing ridgepole and gable ornamentation defines this picturesque temple. Beneath the roof, the building employs Western construction methods of the period as seen in the single-wall, tongue-and-groove construction, the entrance's sliding doors, and the two-by-two, double-hung sash windows. The entrance gable's large lintel is painted with symbols and cut to represent ceremonial curtains. To the right of the temple, a large bonsho (bell) sits in a stone-platformed shōrō. Cast in 1910, the bell commemorates the Sino-Japanese and Russo-Japanese wars. Its donors' names and prayers are inscribed upon it. This congregation was formed in 1906 by the Reverend Sokyo Ueoka, a year after Alexander and Baldwin relocated its operations from Spreckelsville to Paia.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


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Don J. Hibbard, "Mantokuji Soto Zen Mission", [Paia, 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, 213-214.

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