Located on Pu’unoa Point at the ocean’s edge, is the Lahaina Jodo Mission – something I stumbled upon for the first time yesterday, despite living on the island of Maui for seven years. Just killing time before meeting friends for lunch at Aloha Mixed Plate, my husband suggested that we follow the signs to the Mala Boat ramp, which led us to the grounds of the Lahaina Jodo Mission. A week after visiting the popular Byodo-In Temple on Oahu, I was amazed that I had never even heard of this mini-version on Maui.
The Lahaina Jodo Mission was founded in 1912. The original temple was destroyed in a fire in 1968 and the decision was made to build this Japanese style Buddhist temple at this idyllic beachfront setting overlooking the islands of Lanai and Molokai.
The present temple grounds are dedicated to all Mission ancestors who have passed away.
Largest Buddhist Statue Outside of Japan