Dr. Minatoishi Palumbo did her doctoral dissertation on Japanese temple architecture in Hawaii. For over a decade, she has worked to raise awareness about the state of Japanese temples in Hawaii. “Aloha Buddha,” details the origins of Buddhism in Hawaii, its growth to the dominant religion in the State, and its subsequent decline, but possible resurgence. Dr. Minatoishi Palumbo is the founder of Minatoishi Architects, Inc., an architecture firm which specializes in commercial, residential and preservation.
Drs. George and Willa Tanabe are professors emeritus at the University of Hawai'i in the Religion and Art History Departments, respectively. Dr. Willa Tanabe is the former dean of the School of Hawaiian, Asian and Pacific Studies. Dr. George Tanabe was born and raised in Waialua and was instrumental in saving artifacts from the now-demolished Kawailoa Ryusenji Soto Mission. He and his wife have joined forces to author an illustrated guide to the ninety Japanese Buddhist temples still existing in Hawai'i. Specific attention will be given to the temples in the Waialua District detailing their history, description of architecture, sanctuaries, ritual implements, and grounds. Set at the Waialua Hongwanji Mission, which was established in 1902, the Tanabes will also highlight this temple’s special features.
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