"A Journey to Rediscover the Buddhist Treasures of Hawaii"


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Special Presentation of a documentary film in production

When: Oct 27 2009 (All day)
Where: Hawaii Imin International Conference Center - 1777 East-West Road

Time: 7:00 p.m. -- Free Admission, $5 parking

We follow Hawaii -born Lorraine Minatoishi-Palumbo, Ph.D., AIA, on a tour through Hawaii as she seeks to document and preserve endangered Buddhist temples.  Through her eyes, we see the temples are more than just beautiful buildings clinging to a bygone era; they are architectural markers whose unexpected combination of East and West reveal the peculiar history of a transplanted Japanese Buddhism.  Along this adventure, she explains why the Honpa Hongwanji headquarters, built with both gleaming white Taj Mahal minarettes and Western style church pews, represents the radical changes that were occurring to Japanese religion in the 1920s.  As Lorraine visits temples and talks with priests and members, a surprising story is revealed about the birth of a uniquely Hawaiian Buddhism, and a question is raised: is it really possible to preserve these beautiful structures when the people, culture, and religion embrace impermanence and change?

In Conversation

Michael Schuster, Ph.D., East-West Center Curator, will moderate a conversation with Dr. Minatoishi-Palumbo and documentarians Bill Ferehawk and Dylan Robertson about their film, currently in production.

Sponsored by the East-West Center Arts Program and the Hawaii Architecture Foundation.

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Eric Chang, Arts Program Assistant, EWC Gallery
Phone: 944-7584