The Daifukuji Soto Zen Mission is a one-story, frame building built in a typical Japanese Buddhist temple style for Hawaii. It is distinguished by its metal, irimoya (hip-gable) roof, outset front entry, and being elevated from the ground on posts. The mission is located on a large property facing the Mamalahoa Highway. The building features three main parts: the original main hall in the center, built in 1921, the Kannon-do (Kannon Hall), built in 1937, and the 1950 minister’s dwelling. The Daifukuji Soto Zen Mission is architecturally significant as a good example of a Buddhist temple constructed in Hawaii in the early twentieth century.
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