or the Main Worship
The designated place of worship for
church congregation is called “Ohiromae” or the Main Worship Hall. The
center of the sanctuary is referred to as “Goshinden” or Kami altar.
Next to the left is called “Reiden” or Mitama altar.
At the “Goshinden” or Kami altar,
Parent God, Tenchi Kane no Kami as well as the Founder, Ikigami Konko
Daijin and the spirits of the successive Spiritual Head of the Konko
Religious Organization are also worshipped.
Posterior to the fence is called
“Kyoojou” or “Gaiden” or outer sanctuary and the designated place of
worship by the Head Minister is situated. The Japanese writing in the
Kami altar is called “Tenchi Kakitsuke” or “The Divine Reminder” which
represents the core of the entire religious messages in the Konko
In the “Reiden” or Mitama altar,
Mitama spirits of the founding minister of this church, the Rev. Haruko
Takahashi, the deceased ministers of the related churches, such as the
Revs. Masayuki and Kikue Kodama of Honolulu Church and the Rev.
Matsutaro Yasutake and the Rev. Fumio Yasutake of Konko Church of Amagi,
and the church members and all other related people who have been
mediated to the minister are worshipped.
On the right side of the Kami altar,
three pictures are placed on the wall. They represent significant
meanings for the Konko Mission of Wahiawa. The late Rev. Haruko
Takahashi, on the right, is the founding minister of our church in
Wahiawa. The late Rev. Fumio Yasutake, in the center, was the second
Head Minister of Konko Church of Amagi who contributed in supporting the
missionary work in Hawaii. The portrait of the late Rev. Setsutane
Konko (3rd Spiritual Head) is on the left. The third
Spiritual Head of Konko Religion Organization has helped the Rev. Haruko
Takahashi to begin her missionary work in Wahiawa.
The desk at the far right hand side of
the sanctuary is referred to as “Toritsugi no Za” or Toritsugi-Mediation
Desk. This distinctive place is referred to as “Okekkai” or “Kekkai”
Mediation Desk because it serves as a connecting point between the
sphere of Kami and the world of humanity.
The Toritsugi-Mediation Desk was
designated in that particular place in the church in accordance with a
divine instruction revealed on April 20, 1873. Basically the place is
reserved only for the Head Minister who serves as a Toritsugi-Mediator
in representation of the Spiritual Head at the Headquarters Church at
Konko Town in Okayama, Japan. If the Head Minister is not available
temporarily, other associate ministers may serve in place of the Head
Minister. The primary work of the Toritsugi-Mediator is to receive
messages from the people and convey their forwarded messages to Kami and
relays back the messages of Kami to the people in return. The messages
forwarded to the Toritsugi-Mediator is recorded in the “Gokinen-cho’ or
Record Note for Prayers. The Head Minister relates the messages to Kami
through his prayers daily.
The church is open from 6:00 a.m. to
8:30 p.m. daily except for some situations where other church or
community functions overlap.
We use a common term “Ohikiyose” for
our church visitation because we come to church not only through our own
initial intent but also through Kami’s guidance. It is appropriate for
us to extend our thanks to Kami upon arrival at the church.
When you ascend the stairs into the
church, there is a hand-washing basin on the left. This is used to
cleanse and purify our hands and mouth as a form of cleansing not only
our hands and body, but as well as our heart before we enter into the
An offertory box called “Saisen-bako”
or an offertory chest is placed in the center of the worship hall up
front. The tradition of the offertory box may come from the Japanese
Shinto tradition. “Saisen” means a monetary offering