We are Japanese Shinto Shrine at Nuuanu, serving to the people of Hawaii from 1903. Daijingu Kami Sama are Amaterasu Sume Ohkami and Amenominakanushi no Ohkami. Under these Kamis spirits, we receive our blessings, especially at New Year to start our new year with fresh feelings.
布哇大神宮 宮司 岡田章宏
Daijingu Temple of Hawaii offers many different omamori (amulets) for good fortune, personal protection, safe pregnancy and childbirth, business success, academic achievement, and personal health and safety.
ハワイ大神宮は、多くの異なるお守りを提供しています (お守り) 開運招福, 家内安全, 安産, 病気平癒、商売繫盛, 学業成就・合格祈願, 厄除祈願、交通安全、縁結び、個人的な健康祈願、等々用意致しております。
Many of these omamori are specific to Daijingu Hawaii and are thoughtful gifts for yourself and your loved ones.
Please place your donations in an envelope and deposit it in the offertory box
NU`UANU (December 31) – About 6,000 revelers (and lots of their pets) will spend New Year’s Eve observing a well-loved Japanese tradition. A Nu`uanu Shinto shrine holds one of the largest celebrations of its kind on the island.
At nightfall on December 31st, people line up outside the Daijingu Temple of Hawaii to receive a blessing from a Shinto priest, followed by the purchase of a good luck amulet to help them over the next 12 months, and a fortune written on paper. If you don’t like the fortune, you can simply tie it to a nearby stand and buy another fortune.
There are charms of all sorts, including ones to help you find love, get pregnant, or stay safe in the water. Reverend Akihiro Okada says, “In Hawaii it has over 114 years of history. You can sweep out evil spirits and bring in happiness at New Year’s.”
There is a blessing on the 31st at 10 p.m. and 11 p.m., but the bulk of the traffic arrives between midnight and 3:30 a.m.
If you cannot make the public event, you can also make appointments for individual New Year blessings for you and/or your family. Call Reverend Okada at 595-3102 to set up appointments. The temple is open until 4 pm on New Year’s Day and throughout the month of January.
The public event and blessing are free but donations are appreciated. This is the temple’s largest fundraiser of the year.
Park at the shrine’s parking lot or on the street; additional parking available at Boy Scouts parking lot across the shrine.
WHO: Daijingu Temple of Hawaii, a Shinto shrine
WHAT: New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day Hatsumoude blessings
WHEN: From midnight on Dec 31 until 4 pm on Jan 1
WHERE: 61 Puiwa Road, Honolulu, HI 96817 – near corner of Nu`uanu Avenue and Puiwa Road – just above Queen Emma Summer Palace and near the Nu`uanu Valley Park.
CONTACT: Reverend Akihiro Okada 595-3102 or cell 386-1642
VISUALS: Great shots of priest blessing people, very long lines near midnight, great nat sound of people ringing the temple bell, good shots of people buying charms and fortunes, probably pets in line.
INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: Rev. Okada is at the temple all day on 12/31 setting up for the service, so you can interview him in the day before he gets too busy with the blessings. The lines form at 10 pm and the blessings start at midnight 1/1. He can perform a blessing for your camera if you don’t want to wait till midnight. Please set it up a day before, if you can, to ensure that he will be there when you want him.
If you call on 1/1 he will likely not answer because he’ll be performing the blessings and overseeing the event.
Dai do Sanka Performed by the late Mrs. Kawasaki, wife of the late Bishop Kazue Kawasaki
Kaishitaiko Drum to announce the start of the service
Shubatsu Purification of the temple with a haraegushi, please lower your head.
Rei to Kami The opening of the service, please rise and bow with the priest
Kenren (Koushin no gi) The arrival of the Deity, please bow your head.
Daijingu Norito Sojyo The chanting of the Sacred Word – please follow the Daijingu norito in the prayer book
Norito Sojyo The chanting of the Sacred Word
Miko dance (on special occasions)
Gohei Haitai Please lower your head when the priest blesses you with a gohei and chants
Kamino mikagoo, kami emi tamou, kiyome tamou, mamori tamou, sakiwae tamou
The offering of tamagushi Please join us as we express our sincere gratitude and respect to Okamisama
Heihi (Shoushin no gi) The departure of the Deity, please bow your head.
Rei to Kami The closing of the service, please rise and bow with the priest
Naorai The sharing of a drink: Please bow to the priest and take a sake cup. Hold it with both hands (right holding the rim of the cup and your left hand under it) while he pours the sake. Look towards the altar and drink the sake in three gentle sips.
Closing message from Reverend Okada