December 27, 1932 — First gathering and Hoonko Service was held
February 1, 1933 – Buddhist fellowship formed. Neyu – Butsushiki was held on Nov. 21 -1936 – Formation of Women’s Association (Fujinkai)
January 4, 1939 – Okanagan Buddhist Society was officially registered
January 22, 1939 – First Young Buddhist Association formed but dissolved in 1946
February 14, 1948 – First Sunday School Service was held
April 30, 1948 – Shrine arrives from Fairview Buddhist Church
September 1951 – Rev. & Mrs. Shinjo Ikuta and family arrive in Kelowna as Okanagan Kyoku minister
December 1, 1951 – regular weekly Sunday Dharma School started
March 5, 1952 – Young Buddhist Association was re-formed
February 5, 1956 – Kelowna Buddhist Church’s Boy Scouts formed
March 3, 1963 – Rev. & Mrs. Koyo Okuda moved to Kelowna as Okanagan Kyoku minister – January 1, 1965 – Young Adult Buddhist Association formed
November 26, 1967 – Official opening of new temple
December 1, 1967 – First publication of ‘Dharma Express’
March 23, 1968 – New temple Inauguration Service was held
August 23, 1970 – Rev. & Mrs. Orai Fujikawa arrived as Okanagan Kyoku minister
December 10, 1974 – Mortgage on Temple building paid off
November 20, 1976 – first Farmer’s Market
January 13, 1980 – Rev. & Mrs. Norimaru Taniyama and family arrived as Okanagan Kyoku minister
May 29, 1982 – Kelowna Buddhist Church 50th Anniversary
1984 – Hishi Toro (gold lantern) for Hondo was purchased to commemorate Gomonshu & Ourakatta samas visitation
May 10, 1986 – Fujinkai’ 50th Anniversary. Rev. Toshima and representatives from Honokaa, Kamuela and Pauiilo, Hawaii (sister temples) attended to sign Sister Temple agreement.
November 22, 1986 – Rev. Shinsui Koresada arrived from Japan for a 2 month stay as Okanagan Kyoku minister
May 1, 1987 – Rev. & Mrs. Daijun Yakumo and family arrived as Okanagan Kyoku minister – residing in Kamloops
1989 – Major renovation – Fire escapes, fire doors and fire alarm system installed at a cost of $30,000.00.
1990 – Donate $5,000.00 to Kelowna General Hospital ‘Together We Care’ campaign
May 10, 1992 – To commemorate 60th Anniversary of temple an Uchishiki was purchased – August 1992 – First visit of 30 students from Chiyoda High School, Tokyo
January 29, 1994 – Rev. Shigenobu Watanabe arrived as Okanagan Kyoku minister
1996 – Lower floor of church re-tiled
May 25, 1997 – On the occasion of the 65th anniversary of temple a new Mizuhiki (shitajiki) was purchased. Also new carpeting was purchased for the Hondo aisle, entry and and stairways to both floors.
January 2000 – Rev. & Mrs. Michael Hayashi & family arrive as Okanagan Kyoku minister – residing in Kamloops
October 1, 2004 – Rev. & Mrs. Yasuhiro Miyakawa arrive as Okanagan Kyoku minister
March 15, 2005 – Sensei Miyakawa swims continuously for 6 hrs to completed 600 laps (15 km) butterfly stroke at Johnson Bentley Memorial Aquatic Center – Westbank to raise awareness for the Victims of the Tsunami. $2,700.00 was donated to Canadian Red Cross.
2006 – Sensei Miyakawa swims back stroke continuously while balancing a water bottle for 7.5 kilometres at the Kamloops Olympic pool to raise $10,000.00 for the Canadian Cancer Society.
May 2007 – On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the temple a statute of Shinran Shonin was commissioned. Local artist Jock Hildebrand sculpted at 3 foot high bronze statute. A night bronze pouring ceremony was held at his studio in Westbank. Sister Temple members from Hawaii, City of Kelowna Mayor Sharon Shepherd, Vernon, Kamloops, Steveston, Fraser Valley & Vancouver Temple representatives were invited. Rev. & Mrs. Susumu Ikuta were invited guests. Many former Dharma School students attended this occasion.
August 9, 2007 – Sensei Miyakawa leads a 12 hour Thousand Sutra Samadhi (meditation) chanting to remember those who had perished or suffered the Atomic bombing in Nagasaki, Japan was undertaken to raise awareness and promote universal peace. Many members, media and the general public took part in the chanting or folded an origami crane to symbolize peace.
August 2008 – August 2012 – Sensei Miyakawa leads a 12 hour Thousand Sutra Samadhi (meditation) chanting in Kamloops, Vernon and Kelowna in rotation in of the survivors and victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic bombings.
January 2011 – Shinran Shonin’s 750th Memorial Service was held, to commemorate this occasion a new Uchishiki was purchased. Rev. Orai Fujikawa was guest speaker.
March 11, 2011 – An unimaginable magnitude 9.9 earthquake shook North Honshu Island of Japan….causing many deaths and destruction, compounded by a nuclear devastation of Fukushima Daichi Plant. The Temple co-sponsored 2 hot dog sale fundraisers. A total of $21,000.00 was raised.
April 2011 – Kelowna Buddhist temple Women’s Association 75th anniversary a matching small Uchishiki was purchased.
2012 – Storage room was converted into a walk in cooler. Left side classroom made into a storage room with shelving
2013 – Install laminate flooring in Board Room and Minister’s Office
2014 – Re-paint Hondo, Minister’s Office & Basement. Minister’s Office refurnished by Fujinkai. Commercial dishwasher installed, donated by Herb Tanaka, Reiko Ostapchuk and Peggy Tanaka.
2015 – Install laminate flooring in Naijin Area – donated by Herb Tanaka, Reiko Ostapchuk and Peggy Tanaka. Laying of the flooring was donated by Doug Mori. World Buddhist Women’s Convention held in Calgary. Rev Michael Hayashi deceased on December 4 in Winnipeg. Dharma Door bookstore opens in July. Uchishiki donated by Alan Yamaoka in memory of mother Chiyoko Yamaoka.
2016 – Women’s Association 80th Anniversary celebrated in conjunction with Obon ye. To commemorate the occasion a microwave and a 2 oven, ceramic top electric range. Entrance and stairs were re-carpeted by Yamaoka, Hayashi & Uyeyama families in memory of their loved ones. Cooking Demonstrations by Women’s Association members.
2017 – Asian Heritage Month sale of Japanese housewares, ornaments and kimono, Taiko & karate
demonstrations, tea ceremony, origami & calligraphy. KBTWA published Cookbook
2018 – Asian Heritage Month cooking demonstrations and food sales. First manju sales held by
Kelowna Buddhist Temple Women’s Association.
2019 – Asian Heritage Month sale of Japanese housewares, ornaments & kimono. World Buddhist
Women’s Convention held in San Francisco
2020 – COVID-19 Pandemic closed temple from mid-March for the remainder of the year. Roof repaired at cost of $20,000. KBTWA Second Edition Cookbook 200 copies were published. Women’s Assoc sponsored the repainting of the kitchen. Rev. Yasuhiro Miyakawa retired effective December 31, 2020.
2021 – Kitchen repainted, stove hood skirt replaced and installed, lawn area re-landscaped to Zen rock garden. Rev. Naoki Hirano new minister for BC Interior Shin Buddhist Temples.
|1951–1959||Rev. Shinjo Ikuta|
|1963-1970||Rev. Koyo Okuda|
|1970-1980||Rev. Orai Fujikawa|
|1980-1986||Rev. Norimaru Taniyama|
|January 1987||Rev. Shinsui Koresada|
|1987-1992||Rev. Daijun Yakumo|
|1994-2000||Rev. Shigenobu Watanabe|
|2000-2004||Rev. Michael Hayashi|
|2004– 2020||Rev. Yasuhiro Miyakawa|
|2021-Present||Rev. Naoki Hirano|
Lay Ministers (Hokyoshi)
|Mr. Sutejiro Tomiye|
|Mr. Genjiro Taguchi|
|Mr. Junsho Hikida|
|1933-1954||Mr. Iwajiro Yamaoka|
|1955-1957||Mr. Einosuke Uyeyama|
|1958 & 1959||Mr. Shotaro Yamaoka|
|1960-1966||Mr. Takeru Tanemura|
|1967||Mr. Jinichiro (Jim) Yokota|
|1968-1972||Mr. Katsuzo (Kaz) Hayashi|
|1973 & 1974||Mr. Jinichiro (Jim) Yokota|
|1975 & 1976||Mr. Toshio (Roy) Tanemura|
|1977 & 1978||Mr. Toshio Yamaoka|
|1979 (part of year)||Mr. Jinichiro (Jim) Yokota|
|1979-1986||Mr. Shuo Yamaoka|
|1987-1990||Mr. Jinichiro Kitaura|
|1991-2003||Mr. Yoshiharu Terada|
|2004-2008||Mrs. Shirley Tanemura|
|2009-2010||Mr. Alec Pelletier|
|2011-2012||Mr. Herb Tanaka & Mrs. Shirley Tanemura|
|2013||Mr. Herb Tanaka|
|2014||Mr. Reg Tomiye & Mrs. Shirley Tanemura|
|2015 & 2016||Mr. Reg Tomiye|
|2017||Mrs. Pegi Hayashi Uyeyama & Mr. Alan Yamaoka|
|2018-Present||Mrs. Pegi Hayashi Uyeyama|