It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a devoted, compassionate minister and former Bishop of the Hawaii Council of Jodo Missions Dwight Ryokan Nakamura.
Bishop Nakamura passed away quietly on March 23, 2015 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina at the age of 88. He was born in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. He is survived by two daughters: Chandra Kanemaru and Dana Nakamura.
The Bishop’s funeral will be held on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Jodo Mission of Hawaii as a “Kyokuso” (Kyoku-sponsored funeral). This is the highest honor given to a minister in Hawaii.
He came to Hawaii in 1954 and in 1962 assisted Kyoku with the publication of an English service book, “Light of Asia” and in 1978 was the editorial chairman regarding the published “Otsutome” a service book containing Japanese and English translations. He became Bishop of the Hawaii Council of Jodo Missions in 1983 to 1991 and again in 2004 to 2007. Prior to becoming Bishop, he was also resident minister at Kurtistown and Hilo Meishoin.
Our heartfelt sympathy goes to his family and to the Jodo Shu community as we mourn the loss of a minister who devoted himself to spreading Jodo Buddhism in Hawaii. Everyone has different stories to remember this wonderful minister for his warmth and compassion for people. He was always smiling, and saying good morning and thank you for coming or thank you for your participation. He loved food and he loved his sweets. He is now in Amida Buddha’s Pure Land. It was he who said when you get up in the morning say Namu Amida Butsu and be thankful for this wonderful day! And at the end of the day, say Namu Amida Butsu and thank Amida Buddha for this wonderful day!
Namu Amida Butsu!