A History of the Paia Mantokuji Soto Mission 1906 to 2011

Rev. Kenji Oyama and wife Naoko arrived on March 12, 2003, and assumed the duties as the 6th resident minister of Mantokuji.

On March 13, 2003, Kyodan President Robert Ueoka resigned and Meyer Ueoka was elected as the next President. Robert Ueoka passed away on April 27, 2003 at 95 years old.

Regular Zazen Sessions was started on Saturday mornings from June 2003 . Sunday afternoon sittings were later added to the weekly schedule.

Buddhist Study and Discussion Group sessions began to meet on a monthly basis from November 2003.

In May 2004, the construction of a Japanese garden in front of the minister’s residence by Allen Nikaido began. The pagoda, castle, bridge, cranes, river/ponds and stepping stones were all made and donated by Mr. Nikaido. The Japanese garden was being made for the Centennial year 2006.

On September 8-10, 2004, termite fumigation of the temple, nokotsudo, carport, office and minister’s residence was carried out by Insight Enterprise (Mike Nakagawa).

On December 14 and 16, 2004, the nokotsudo railings were replaced with cement tiles by RYKO Concrete and Masonry. The tiles were donated by Maui Blocks.

April 2005 – First ever Paia Hanamatsuri Celebration held jointly with Paia Rinzai Zen Mission. It was hosted by Paia Rinzai Zen Mission.

On January 8, 2006, a Japanese garden installed by Allen Nikaido in front of the minister’s residence and a Japanese rock garden donated by Akio Hanano near the Fellowship Hall entrance were dedicated.

Yagura was painted and repaired before O-Bon with the help of members of Maui Taiko. A new red and white skirt with Soto Shu Mon imprinted was made by Amy Watanabe and Kay Fukumoto.

After two years of planning and fund raising, in the summer and autumn of 2006 the temple and minister’s residence were re-roofed, the structural members of the temple and breezeway reinforced, the interior and exterior of the temple repainted, the exterior of the minister’s residence repainted, temple hall re-carpeted and the interior lights of the temple upgraded.

On September 2006, a new commercial refrigerator and a new commercial freezer were donated by Howard and Sally Yoshina.

On November 11-12, 2006, the Mantokuji Centennial Celebration was observed with a service officiated by Bishop Jiho Machida of the Soto Mission of Hawaii and luncheon on Saturday and Centennial banquet on Sunday. The theme for the centennial celebration is “Kizuna — the loving bonds that hold us together.” Brian Moto was the centennial chairman, and Meyer Ueoka, the board president.

October 12, 2007, a new Honda Odyssey van was purchased for the resident minister.

The new Mantokuji sign donated and made by Ryan Suzuki of The Sign Source was put up in July 2008 by Paul Ueoka, Wesley Ueoka and Jeffrey Ueoka. Yagura floor boards were replaced by Paul, Wes and Jeff. For O-Bon, over 300 new pink and white chochins were hung up with fuda papers with names of deceased attached to each chochin. Howard Arita designed and made temporary wooden chochin poles.

2008 plans for an installation of an elevator lift.

The first ever Daruma-sama Picnic was held on October 5, 2008 in appreciation of all the members and volunteers.

On December 13, 2008, Meyer Ueoka, Celia Suzuki and Rev. Kenji Oyama attended the Department of Land and Natural Resources meeting in Honolulu to be officially recognized on the State Historic Register and nominated for the National Historic Register. County Planner Stanley Solamillo helped us greatly in collecting information, articles and documents and made the presentation for us.

On March 24, 2009, we received the Preservation Award from the Historic Hawaii Foundation in Honolulu. Meyer Ueoka, Yukie Ueoka, Brian Moto, Carol Lau, Naoko Oyama and Rev. Kenji Oyama attended the award ceremony.

Received Resolution by County of Maui for Preservation Award on April 17, 2009 . Meyer Ueoka, Brian Moto and Rev. Kenji Oyama attended the Maui County meeting.

On July 10, 2009, the installation of the wheelchair lift was completed by Access Lifts Hawaii, Contractor — Central Construction with help from Calvin Higuchi(Hiyakumoto and Higuchi Architect), Mitsuru Hirano (Munekiyo & Hiraga), Ray Ikeda (electrician).

O-Bon 2009, Frank Suda, Todd Suda, Cowboy Suda, and Rupert Suda donated and made permanent pull-out chochin poles to replace temporary wooden poles that Howard Arita made. Expenses for labor, equipment and supplies were donated by Mike Masutani of Site Engineering.

January 16-17, 2010 Boy Scout Troop 40, for Jase Kimizuka’s Eagle Scout Project, painted the exterior of nokotsudo with the assistance of JD Painting.

May 25-27, 2010 Valley Isle Fencing installed a new fence in front of the property along Hana Highway. Fence was donated by Sally Yoshina in memory of Howard Yoshina. Cost is $16,600. Ameristar fencing — aluminum.

June 24, 2010, Ryan Kokubun (RYKO) poured concrete in the area next to hall where mock orange bushes were and also by rock garden and area beneath the breezeway.

July 12-15, 2010, repave existing driveway in front of temple and also pave a driveway in front of cemetery.

April 16-17, 2011, the 46th UHSSWA Conference was hosted by Mantokuji with Roberta Arita, Kay Hanano and Judith Matoi as co-chairs. Michie Tamane was the Fujinkai President and Sachie Toyota was the Treasurer for this conference. The theme for the conference was “Open Mind, Open Heart”. Our keynote speaker was Brian Moto.

July 18-20, 2011, interior of nokotsudo was painted by Dan’s Painting & Decorating, Inc.

Other facts: Genzo Abe made the decorative cement wall around the platform leading up to the temple. Heiichiro Ihara (Ibara) donated the stone wash basin by nokotsudo. Koa wood podium in temple hall was made by Albert Watanabe.