All-Tenrikyo Hinokishin Day @Honolulu Zoo 2016

On April 30, 2016, the Tenrikyo congregation of Hawaii in Honolulu took part in the All-Tenrikyo Hinokishin Day activity at the Honolulu Zoo. A total of 10 members and 6 invited friends from Pearl Church participated in this activity. The grand total was probably around 80 people including volunteers in the Leilehua band and Punahou school.

For a 2-hour period, participants raked and cleaned the huge public zoo campus assisting them in keeping the area clean and enjoyable for the zoo goers.

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Hinokishin Day at Honolulu Zoo 2014


Thank you to all who came out. We were blessed with wonderful weather and spirited bunch who cleaned and beautified Honolulu Zoo! Thank you to those who contributed food for our humble church family get together after. I’m sure our efforts brought joy to God and peace in this world!

Aloha and Mahalo!

Rev. Owen & Taeko Nakao

All Tenrikyo Hinokishin Day at Honolulu Zoo 2014

Aloha everyone!

Thank you to you all for your hinokishin and efforts for the Path!

Just a friendly reminder to participate in the zoo cleanup this

Saturday, 5/3 from 9am.

Meet at right (facing the entrance) side of front entrance at 8:45am. Hinokishin is at 9-11am. As we’re always short on equipment, please bring your own dust pans, rakes and brooms with your name labeled on them. Trash bags are provided. And if you have them, wear the One-world, one family T-shirt!

We will serving chili dog with rice lunch. Please join us after the Hinokishin at 11am and also enjoy the zoo!

If you would like to help with the food please let me know.

We need someone to bring one or more of the following:

  • rice (cooked),
  • boiled hotdogs,
  • hotdog buns,
  • condiments,
  • dessert.

Grace is bringing the chili. Thank you. We’re expecting 25-30.

Pearl church will provide, table, mat, water, paper goods, utensils.

Rev. Owen Nakao

Causality – December 2013 Sermon

Pre-Service Talk

Corruption is a concern after any major natural disaster, as millions of dollars in cash and goods rush in from around the world. So the government of President BenignoAquino III, who has made fighting corruption a priority, is promising full transparency in reconstruction spending in areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Yolanda. It announced Monday that it has established a website called the Foreign Aid Transparency Hub where funds given by foreign donors can be tracked.

Let us put hearts together in fervent prayer for those we know who are suffering from illness or personal problems and those survivors in the Philippines and that our disaster relief donations will reach the people as intended.

Post Service Sermon

Thank you all for joining your hearts and minds in performing the December Monthly Service here at Pearl Church. I believe that when we perform the Service spiritedly and in unity, as we have today, God the Parent and Oyasama are truly satisfied with our efforts. And thank you very much for your sincere and kind offerings.


What is the meaning of Causality? We cannot bear avocados from papaya seed or watermelon from a mango seed. A few months ago we got a lot of lettuce from our garden planter box by planting lettuce seeds. We harvested a lot of eggplants from planting eggplant seeds. There is a proverb that says, “nothing grows without planting a seed”.

In the Mikagura-uta Song 7: 8 we sing:

Eighth, As this Residence is the field of God,
Everyseed sown here will sprout.

In this verse, Oyasama is metaphorically comparing the daily use of mind with growing crops. When we sow a good seed in the soil, we will bear a good fruit. On the other hand when we sow a bad seed we will harvest a bad fruit. This is the nature of heaven.

When any difficulty arises it comes from our own mind. Oyasama taught us that this is causality or cause and effect. Is causality like our fate and destiny? …that we just have to accept it? No, of course not! Oyasama taught us that we should realize that whatever we are facing now, good or bad, is due to our causality. When we rely on God the Parent and cultivate our mind we can change. In order to change our destiny, God has taught us to help others and accumulate good deeds as mentioned in last month’s sermon. In this way, it would be easier and faster to live a good life.

If it is causality, we will always have to accept it, live with it and pay it off like a debt.

Oyasama always taught us that we are saved by saving others. That is why She bestowed the Truth of Sazuke to the followers.

Note: In regards to administering the Sazuke people are saved and we ourselves will be blessed too.

Also, Oyasama taught us to do Hinokishin to make other people happy. Hinokishin is the action of showing our appreciation to God the Parent and our Foundress, Oyasama, for our daily blessing.

Sometimes, we encounter a seemingly negative situation. For instance, we might ask our self, “I’m always working very hard, by why do I feel less blessed or why am I not recognized for my abilities or skills? Also some children are born with physical impairment. On the other hand, there are children born with smart brains or physical ability. Seeing this, one might think that God is unfair.

In Tenrikyo we believe in reincarnation. We are born and reborn many times. However, nobody knows what kind of life we had in our past. So sometimes we ask ourselves why do unfortunate things happen in our life? Or Why do I have to suffer? Whatever happens to us, good or bad, or whatever we encounter is a continuation from our past life to our present life.

Generally speaking, people may think it’s fate or destiny. And that there is no hope. But if we can reflect on our wrong doing and realize that we did something bad to someone in our past life, then we can ask God for forgiveness. Christianity and Catholicism talks about repentance and to have one’s sin forgiven in confession. I believe this is also a key to living a better life.

In 1838, God the Parent, who is the God of Origin, was revealed in this world through the mouth of Oyasama, taught us, no matter how difficult our circumstance, God will save us.

If we believe only in our intelligence, we can try our best to solve a problem. If you only believe in doctors and medicine you can rely on it too. However after having exhausted all medical treatment without success, then only God the Parent can save us.

Around 1875, a 16-year old young man named Iwajuro (Iida) of Ando Village was in critical condition. His family desperately wanting him to be saved, put him in a shutter door, moaning in distress and carried him to Oyasama’s residence. He had unbearable pain saying, “I better die, if I have to suffer this bad.”

Then Oyasama said to him, “Do you really want to die?” He nodded his head. Then Oyasama continued,

“You were a pawn shop broker in your past life. You lent people money by taking their possessions with high loan interests, whereupon there were many people who wanted to die because they couldn’t repay their loan. This is the reason why you are feeling the same way they felt.

Resolve your mind and save others.

After Oyasama admonished him, he received a magnificent blessing after having resolved to save others.

Lecture reference: Eiji Ozaki, Mind That Attracts Happiness p220.

Thank you for your attention.


  1. For those of you able, please join us in our yearend cleaning, Pearl Church Saturday, December 21st from 9am and at Mission HQ on Thursday, 12/26.
  2. Also mochi pounding on Sunday, 12/29 from 7am.
  3. New Year’s Service at Pearl Church on New Year’s Day from 7am.
  4. Thank you for bringing your deposit cans and bottles for our fundraising drive. Please continue bringing your deposit cans and bottles and any yard work referrals.

Hinokishin Will Save Us

Good morning. I would like to thank all of you for taking the time to attend the July Monthly Service here at Pearl Church and thank you for your kind and sincere offerings. I am sure God the Parent and Oyasama is really happy to see you all here today and to have performed the service with joy and in high spirits!

Last month we conducted the 8th Bishop Installation Service in the presence of the Shinbashira and had the honor of his visit to Pearl Church during his stay in Hawaii. I would like to once again thank all of you for your cooperation and assistance in welcoming the Shinbashira here and for attending the installation service. Thank you very much.

Hinokishin Will Save Us

Recently our son-in-law sent me an article on Time magazine titled, “How Service Can Save Us,” dated July 1, 2013.

The article explained how community service is helping veterans overcome their PTSD or “post traumatic stress disorder.” There are 261,998 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who received a provisional diagnosis of PTSD from 2002 through the first quarter of 2013. The article focused on veteran Ian Smith who felt sure that he wasn’t suffering from PTSD. Continue reading Hinokishin Will Save Us

Hinokishin Day 2013

Hinokishin Day at Honolulu Zoo group photo 2013
Hinokishin Day at Honolulu Zoo group photo 2013

On May 4, 2013, the Annual Hinokishin Day activity in Hawaii was held at the Honolulu Zoo. A total of 21 participants from Pearl Church attended this event. From 9am to 11am, approximately 120 participants took part in weeding, raking, and other general cleaning of the zoo.

Blessed with beautiful weather, participants had a very enjoyable Saturday morning in spirited Hinokishin and unity of mind.


Tree Cutting Hinokishin at Hawaii Dendocho

On November 28th, Pastor Owen, Moses, James, and Lewis spent a whole morning for a tree cutting Hinokishin session at the Mission HQ of Hawaii.  It was a pretty big job, but it was no trouble for an experienced team. If you would like to join us on our next Hinokishin activity, please let Pastor Owen know!

80th All-Tenrikyo Nioigake Day

Thank you to those who came out for the all Tenrikyo Nioigake Day held on this past Labor Day at Stadium Park.  About 80 people attended of which 18 were from Pearl Church.  About half of us went door to door nioigake while the other half clean the park as Hinokishin.

A Caucasian man approached us at the park and exclaimed, “I was just thinking, ‘wouldn’t it be great if a group of people volunteered to clean the park today,’ here you are! Would you mind if I borrowed your cleaning equipment?” And he joined us in cleaning the park!  It was an awesome day.  On door to door I partnered with Setsumi, we administered sazuke three times!  There was a lot of paper & plastic trash that day at the park, so the cleaning was dramatic.

Thank you to you all.  We just made the world a better place!
Rev. Owen Nakao

Bazaar Hinokishin 2012

Thank you to you all for your support of the bazaar and church activities.
The bazaar is coming up on August 26th and we need hands to help with preparations:  the more hands we have, the easier it is for everyone.  Mahalo!

Sat 8/18, 9am-11am General cleaning:

  1. Weed whacking, hedge and some tree trimming, roof & gutter cleaning,
  2. bathroom, windows, screens and doors cleaning.

Sun 8/19 1:00pm (After MHQ monthly service

  1. Setup canopies: Library-Judo, Games, BBQ Chicken, Vegetables, Cut flowers (need windbreaker), Plants
  2. Need canopy over back of storage shed.
  3. Construct: Bazaar booths, scrip booths, sushi rack, cut flowers shelving, build more barricades if necessary, check on signs.

Owen Nakao
Bazaar chair