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Saturday, October 20, 2001


Haleiwa mission hosts talks on Buddhist culture

The Haleiwa Shingon Mission will offer its neighbors and supporters a free educational opportunity with talks about Japanese culture, arts, medicine and Shingon Buddhism next weekend.

The event from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, Oct. 28, is the seventh annual Thanksgiving and Gratitude Seminar to be presented by the mission at 66-469 Paalaa Rd.

The seminar, which reflects the universal influence of Buddhist beliefs on varied aspects of life, is "our way to return appreciation for the support of the community," said the Rev. Taiken Akiyama.

The program will include:

>> 9:30 a.m., Dr. Danny Takanishi Jr., director of clinical research programs at Queens Medical Center, will speak on medical progress in cancer treatment.

>> 10 a.m., Julia White, curator of Asian art at Honolulu Academy of Arts, will speak on "Visiting Koyasan." Koyasan, the area where the Shingon sect is based in Japan, includes more than 100 temples and shrines famous for notable Buddhist art.

>> 10:45 a.m., Willa Tanabe, dean of the University of Hawaii School of Hawaiian, Asian and Pacific Studies, will speak on "Impressions of Koyasan."

>> 11:15 a.m., George J. Tanabe, chairman of the University of Hawaii Religion Department, will speak on "Shingon Buddhism and Japanese Culture."

Monday is the deadline for reservations to be made for the free lunch to follow the program.

For information, call 637-4423.

Women's conference addresses terror solution

An international effort to persuade industrialized nations to deal with the root causes of terrorism by aiding impoverished countries will be discussed by Church Women United at its Nov. 2 World Community Day observance.

The annual meeting of the organization, which includes members of mainline Protestant and Catholic churches, will begin at 4:30 p.m. at Aiea United Methodist Church, 99-101 Laulima St.

"Jubilee! Forgive All Debts, Set People Free" is the theme of the ecumenical service sponsored this year by United Methodist Women, Hawaii District. June Shimokawa will speak.

Oct. 26 is the deadline to reserve child-care service. Call Lynn Owan, 681-0441.

Kaneohe church fair offers more than fun

The "Kaneohe Jam" next Saturday will offer free services beyond the usual church fair.

Hope Chapel Kaneohe Bay will offer free bicycle and skateboard repair and free haircuts at its community party in the Windward Mall parking lot next to Heeia Elementary School. Church teams will offer career counseling and mini-workshops on marriage and parenting. A photographer will take family portraits, and a Keiki ID booth will take photos and fingerprints in the child identification project.

The event, from 2 to 5 p.m., will also feature music, food, games and activities.

Pastor Ka'ala Souza will speak.

Spokeswoman Laura Robertson said "Kaneohe Jam" is intended to bring the church into the community and offer practical as well as spiritual resources.



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