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

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.


Hinokishin Day on May 4, 2013!

Hinokishin Day Flyer 2013

In this 176th Year of Tenrikyo, please take advantage of this activity by bringing a friend and spread the fragrance of the teaching: a thing lent, a thing borrowed. Hinokishin is an expression of our joy of being kept alive by God’s blessing!

Some cleaning equipment will be available but, as much as possible, bringing your own equipment such as rakes, brooms, gloves, and dust pans would be most helpful. Trash bags will be provided. Also wear your blue/brown/green “One World one family” T-shirts.

If you would like to request a ride from/to Dendocho, please call Hawaii Dendocho by April 27th. Mahalo!

Download the flier (PDF)

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May Monthly Sermon 2012

Before God the Parent, Tenri-O-no-Mikoto, I, Owen Osamu Nakao, Pastor of Tenrikyo Pearl Church, pray with reverence:

God the Parent, we are grateful for Your constant protection and gradual instruction that guides us on the path to spiritual growth. We are all striving for the sake of single-hearted salvation while leaning on the ever-living Oyasama.

Today, for this May monthly service at Pearl Church, we celebrate Mother’s Day and we give thanks to our mothers and Oyasama who has the soul of the first mother of all human beings. We thank them for their love and nurturing. The service performers will now unite their hearts to perform the seated service and Teodori joyously and in high spirits. Please accept our prayers as we brothers and sisters of this Path have looked forward to this day and have gathered before You to sing the Mikagura-uta.

Through your blessing, two persons from Pearl Church returned to Jiba for Oyasama’s Birthday Service this past April. Also ten persons from Pearl Church attended the Boy’s and Girl’s Association Oyasama Birthday Activity at mission headquarters on April 15th. Also due to the members sincere efforts twenty-six persons from Pearl Church attended the All Tenrikyo Hinokishin Day at Honolulu Zoo on April 28. We thank you deeply for these blessings as we strive to convey the teachings to as many people as possible.

Also this month marks five years since we purchased the 15-passenger van which has proven to be a valuable asset in our salvation work. On a weekly basis the van is being used for yard work in the community and for transporting people to the Mission Headquarters and other locations for church activities.

We vow to continue to work together engaging in hinokishin and salvation work with a unity of mind and encourage as much people as possible to return to Jiba. We pray for the victims and survivors of conflicts and disasters around the world; that they may have faith and resolve to overcome their grief and suffering.

With the Shinbashira as the core we vow to make sincere efforts in our daily lives to truly follow the Divine Model of Oyasama.

We pray that Your guidance will strengthen us into worthy Yoboku, striving with a single heart for the salvation of others. We hope that our efforts will bring joy to You and peace in this world where we all help one another as brothers and sisters. With our minds in unity towards the Truth of the Jiba, we would like to spiritedly perform the May Monthly Service today, held in this 175th Year of Tenrikyo.

In union with the congregation, I pray for these blessings.

The 80th All-Tenrikyo Hinokishin Day in Hawaii

Amy, Catherine & Miyaky

The 80th All Tenrikyo Hinokishin Day for Honolulu was held in beautiful weather at Honolulu Zoo with a total of over 150 participants (23 from Pearl Church)! I would like to thank everyone for your support in participating and helping bring food and other supplies to the event. Barbara Thacker of the Honolulu Zoo volunteer division said that this was our 26th consecutive year at the Zoo and expressed their appreciation for our continued efforts. She mentioned that some of us were probably kids when we first came and now they (those kids) are bringing their kids!

Rev. Owen Nakao