The temple is located on Puunoa Point, Lahaina, overlooking the islands of Molokai, Lanai and Kahoʻolawe. The Lahaina Jodo Mission is a beautiful Buddhist temple with unique Buddhist architectural structures. The old wooden temple which stood exactly where the new one stands now, burned to the ground in 1968. The new structure was built in 1970 and the design is in all ways authentic and true to the traditions of old Japan.
One of the interesting features is the solid copper shingles which cover the roof of both temple and pagoda. All of these shingles were individually formed by hand and are interlocked on all four sides so as to make a solid copper sheathing.
Inside the temple, five outstanding Buddhist paintings adorn the walls. They were painted in 1974 by Hajin Iwasaki, a noted Japanese artist. In later years, the beautiful floral ceiling paintings were added by the same artist.
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