WELCOME to Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha-Hawaii Dazaifu Tenmangu, a Shinto shrine established in 1920 in Honolulu to preserve and perpetuate Shinto traditions in Hawaii and engage in cultural celebrations that acknowledge the divine in all of creation, and venerate our ancestral spirits.
Our two main shrines are Kotohiragu of Kagawa-ken, also known as Konpira-san and Dazaifu Tenmangu of Fukuoka-ken or Tenjin-san . There are also five other shrines represented in Hawaii at the same site: Otaki Jinja of Otake City in Hiroshima, Shirasaki Hachimangu of Yamaguchi-ken, Suitengu of Kurume City in Fukuoka, Watatsumi Jinja of Tokushima and Inari Jinja of Kyoto.
Join us in celebrating the traditions and legacy of a rich and inspiring past.
Kanreki literally means "return" and "calendar." The ancient Japanese calendar was organized on 60-year cycles. The cycle retunrs to its starting point in 60 years and as such Kanreki celebrates that point in our lives when we return to the Chinese Zodiac sign under which we were born.
Kanreki is a time that prompt new beginnings. It is customary for the celebrant to be given a red hat and a red vest - clothes that were worn by babies and thus symbolize the celebrant's return to their birth.
Rituals like Kanreki blessings are used to mark significant transitions in later life. Life's fundamental passages have traditionally been accompanied by religious ritual.
Rituals affords us a sense of belonging and gives us a way to connect to family, past and present. Rituals tie us to our ancestors and to our heritage and helps us to understand where we came from. As a bridge between past and future, rituals strengthen our own identity.
Complimentary Kanreki blessings are offered once a year in February, to all thoe who purchase a Kanreki Kit. The Kanreki Kits are still available at the shrine.
The next Kanreki blessing will be held on Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 1:00 pm. Please arrive at the shrine by 12:45 pm with the blessing Certificate enclosed in the Kanreki Kit.
The Kanreki Kit contains:
Certificate for One complimentary Kanreki blessing on Sunday, Feruary 14, 2016
Ofuda to display in your home
Kanreki T shirt (Sizes available: S, M, L, XL, 2XL)
Sake, a byproduct of rice has long been a vital part of Japanese culture.
Sake's strongest connection with Japenses culture lays in its traditional indispensability at social gatherings.
Sake has an important place at festivals, ceremonies and rituals. Whether imbibed during Sansankudo at a Shinto wedding ceremony or at a festival, sake has symbolized the miracle of nature.
The shrine's Sake Appreciation Festival was initiated to acknowledge the gift that alcoholic beverages made from rice like sake and shochu are to the world and our lives.
Join us Sunday, March 6, 2016 from 3:00 pm to express our appreciation for the bounties we enjoy.