Over 100 years of history and tradition, Wahiawa Ryusenji Soto Mission stands on California Avenue in Wahiawa. The initial location of the temple was in Kawailoa, where the Waialua plantation manager Mr. Goodale, asked Rev. Ryuki Hirata to open a school hall in Kawailoa camp. This eventually became the initial place where the temple was built.
At Ryusenji, you will see on the left side, three Jizo bodhisattvas standing, protecting the temple. These Jizo bodhisattvas have brought many fortunes to the temple and many of our members cherish and help clean the Jizo bodhisattvas. As you enter the temple, you will see the Shakyamuni Buddha, Two founders of Soto Shu, and the Kannon bodhisattva enshrined on the alter. The members walk down the center isle to offer incense to show their respect to the Buddha and to their ancestors. Exiting from the main hall, on your right side of the temple, you will see a long building, which is our Matsuura Hall. We have many of our refreshments after services and many temple activities are held there. It is a place where all members gather to unite and feel the spirit of “ohana” or “family-ness”.