Wahiawa Soto Zen Temple, 1976

Wahiawa Soto Zen Temple, 1976

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In 1899 a group of Japanese immigrants settled at Wahiawa, Camp 3 of the McBryde Sugar Company. The community grew, and in 1903 brought Reverend Ryoun Kan from Japan. The next year they built a combination temple-language school and, in 1918, constructed this traditional temple—the center of all social, cultural, and religious activities for Wahiawa's Japanese community.

In 1979, because of the demise of sugar and the declining population in Wahiawa, the Soto Zen Mission was moved to nearby Hanapepe, and the plantation demolished the temple.