Soto Shu's presence in Aiea can be traced back as early as July 1904, when Rev. Sokyo Ueoka conducted services from a residential home in Aiea until November 1906. Nearly 12 years later, a Soto temple was founded in Aiea on July 17, 1918, by Rev. Mokuryu Tsuda.
On July 4, 1924, Archbishop Sekizen Arai of Sojiji and Abbot Genpo Kitano of Eiheiji granted this temple its new name, "Shunjuzan Taiheiji." On November 16, 1926, Territory of Hawaii Governor Wallace R. Farrington issued recognition papers completing the temple's name as "Soto Mission of Aiea."
On March 1, 1965, the construction of a new temple was completed, replacing the old termite eaten structure that had stood for over 40 years.
The Soto Mission of Aiea continues to be a very busy temple serving its members, their families and the Aiea community. Today, Taiheiji continues to observe a variety of practices and activities, both new and traditional… Sunday School, Sunday Services, New Year's Blessing Service, Bon Service, Bon Dance, Zazen, Hanamatsuri, and Bodhi Day Celebration, just to name a few. Many organizations also call Taiheiji home. The groups include Fujinkai, Baika-ko, Zazen-kai, Somei Taiko, Aiea Taiheiji Yagura Gumi, Judo, Karate, Kendo, Aikido, Shizendo, Iai-do, Fukiya, Shigin, Bunka Shishu, and Soroban.
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