‘We’re all at peace with it’: 118-year-old Buddhist temple holds its final service in Papaaloa

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald A church member walks toward the Papaaloa Hongwanji Mission for the final service on Wednesday.

  • Lucille Chong becomes emotional while speaking about the importance of the Papaaloa Hongwanji Mission during the final service on Wednesday.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Reverend Shinji Kawagoe rings the 102-year old temple bell for the final service at the Papaaloa Hongwanji Mission on Wednesday.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Jerry Broughton gives an address at the end of the final service at the Papaaloa Hongwanji Mission on Wednesday.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Annie Bedford, center, talks with other congregation members before the final service at the Papaaloa Hongwanji Mission on Wednesday.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald From left, Jane Uyeno, Almara Abe and Eileen Usagawa put their hands together during Sutra chanting in the final service at the Papaaloa Hongwanji Mission on Wednesday.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald From left, Almara Abe and Eileen Usagawa put their hands together during the Vandana Ti-Sarana in the final service at the Papaaloa Hongwanji Mission on Wednesday.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Bishop Eric Matsumoto gives a sermon during the final service at the Papaaloa Hongwanji Mission on Wednesday.

The temple bell tolled for the last time Wednesday at the Papaaloa Hongwanji Mission.