This list of Hawaii’s historic properties is provided as a public service by Historic Hawaii Foundation. It is not the official list of properties designated on the Hawaii State Register of Historic Places. For official designations and determinations of eligibility, contact the State Historic Preservation Division of the Department of Land and Natural Resources of the State of Hawaii at 808-692-8015.
The Kawailoa Ryusenji Temple was constructed in 1914 and is a one-story elevated wood-frame structure located off Kamehameha Highway. A community hall, cookhouse, parsonage, caretaker’s residence, bath house, and sheltered purification rock are included within the boundaries of the nominated site. The Kawailoa Ryusenji Temple is significant as one of the best examples of a Japanese temple built during the sugar plantation period. It is also significant as one of the focal points of the community. It was geographically located at the center of Kawailoa Camp at the time of its initial construction.
Note: The Temple has been demolished, but the foundation steps and Prayer Tree remain.