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The Lahaina Jodo Mission Cultural Park sits on a point of land known as Puunoa Point, "the hill freed from taboo." The area was once a small village fronting the royal grove of coconut trees planted by the governor of Maui's wife, Hoapiliwahine. The area was called Mala ("garden") and the adjacent Mala Wharf still bears the name.

The park was a pleasant place to the many Japanese laborers who stamped it with their own cultural heritage. The mission is the best known landmark in the area today and is one of Lahaina's busiest visitor attraction. The largest Buddha outside of Japan sits majestically and serenely in a small park commemorating the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in 1868. The compound includes the temple shrine and an extensive outdoor meeting area.  

Members of the church are very active in the community, and many outside functions such as wedding receptions and award ceremonies are frequently held here.  As with many other Buddhist temples, the Jodo Mission celebrates the summer Bon Memorial Celebration, a joyous drum-dancing festival honoring ancestral souls.



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