Haleiwa Shingon Mission 66-469 Paalaa RD Haleiwa HI 96712

Shingon Buddhism was founded in the beginning of the 9th century by Kukai (Kobodaishi). The basis of Shingon is Mikkyo, which Kukai learned in China. Shingon is different from other sects of Buddhism because it focuses on esoteric rituals such as mandala, mudra, and mantra.


Hawaii Religious Makeup

Christian (28.9%)
Buddhist (9%)
Jewish (0.8%)
Other (61.1%)*
*includes agnostic/atheist and
unaffiliated, Baha'i, Confucian,
Hawaiian, Hindu, Muslim, Shinto, etc.



"Peace is not about reasoning, it's about feeling."


Mikkyo is expressed through various practices adopted from Vajrayana Buddhism. Only people who go through strenuous training in these practices are allowed to teach them to others. The teachings that Kukai developed include influences from other religions like Tibetan Buddhism and Yin-yang.



Reverend Taiken Akiyama

Out of the 13 Shingon missions in Hawaii, Reverend Taiken Akiyama has headed the Haleiwa mission on Oahu since 1958. He has dedicated his time to enriching the temple and the community by renovating the building multiple times, and holds festivals such as Bon Odori. He also actively takes part in the community by hosting free seminars to the public on topics including the relationship between Buddhism and the Japanese culture, internationalization, modernity, and Hawaii. Because of his dedication, he has also been invited to the Toji Temple three times to take part in a special prayer for world peace.


ハワイにある13の真言宗の団体のうち、オアフ島にあるハレイワ真言宗は住職の秋山泰憲さんが1958年に着任して以来、数度にわたる寺院の大規模な修繕 を行い、寺院と地域に貢献してきました。また、仏教と日本の文化の関係や、国際化、現代化などのトピックを扱った無料セミナーや、お祭りでの盆踊りなどを 通して積極的に活動しています。秋山さんは世界平和を祈る式典のため東寺に三度招かれています。

Gasshou 合掌  

"We now have the opportunity to exchange cultures with all types of people from all around the world. Everyone has different beliefs, but we cannot forget that we are still the same people. We have to respect each other no matter what our cultural or religious background is. Even if they have different ideas or beliefs, I want people to respect each other, to understand that there are different ways of thinking, and to approach each other with an open mind."

(message from Reverend Akiyama below)

familiarize yourself with the inside
of a temple here


listen to this sutra