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Free Film screening "Aloha Buddha" & discussion w/film maker

This free event will screen “Aloha Buddha,” an insightful documentary about three defining eras of the Japanese Buddhist experience in Hawai‘i.

Focusing on the temple as a symbol of the Japanese community in Hawai'i, the video recounts Japanese immigration during the early plantation days, the turbulent World War II years, and the resurgence of multi-cultural Buddhism in Hawai‘i, followed by the decline of Japanese temple congregations.

HHF presented the documentary with a Preservation Commendation in 2012 & it won the Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary at the 31st Hawaii International Film Festival in 2011.

The screening will be followed by a Talk Story session with filmmaker Lorraine Minatoishi.

Light refreshments will be served. Reservations are required.

Pau Hana with a Purpose is an occasional series sponsored by Historic Hawai‘i Foundation to showcase historic people, events, architecture, design and preservation matters.

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  • Clayton

    Very Informative film, It was nice to hear the evolution of the hows and whys of Buddhism in Hawaii.

    November 22, 2013

  • Eka

    Totally.messed up and went to the wrong place! Couldn't find the place and it was now late. So spent the evening at the mall feeling very frustrated!!! I was so looking forward to seeing this movie! Deep time!

    November 22, 2013

  • Graeme

    An inspiring evening. Gave me a great appreciation for Japanese Buddhism on Oahu,

    November 21, 2013

  • David T.

    Great film - was so impressed I bought the dvd

    November 21, 2013

  • Gloria

    So excited! Love Japanese culture, Buddhism and film!

    November 21, 2013

  • Ryan R.

    Saw an excerpt of this film during a session of the Pacific Building Trade Expo last year; I love what Ms Minatoishi is doing to preserve culture

    November 19, 2013

  • Robert K.

    Have a big test on Friday. See you all next time!

    November 18, 2013

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    November 18, 2013

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