Update for May 2020
As we move through April and come to the month of May, our community is still in a state of flux, with Stay at Home/Work at Home orders from our state and local governments in place as of the writing of this newsletter.
At this time, with caution and caring for all, services will be suspended through the month of May. We hope to reopen for services in June with new guidelines for interactions. Because life continues to be a work in progress for us all, we will continue a constant rethinking of all guidelines and orders. Thank you everyone for your patience as we navigate through uncharted territory.
We recommend the following affiliated organizations continue their suspension of activities which use Temple facilities:
• Lihue Kendo Club
•Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko practice
The LHM Preschool will follow Hawaii Department of Education guidelines and will remain closed through the remainder of the school year.
The following will remain in place:
• The Columbarium will remain closed through May. If there is need to enter the Columbarium, please contact Shaku Kaufmann at the temple (245-6262) to arrange a time.
• The temple doors will remain closed but can be opened by Shaku Kaufmann on request.· Hand sanitizer is available in the minister’s office and visitors are strongly encouraged to practice social distancing (remain six feet apart) if they need to be at the temple.
• Bedside, end-of-life visitations, as allowed by the facility or virtually as needed.
• It is requested that memorial services be scheduled for June or later.
• Funeral services will be scheduled, as needed, following the Social Distancing guidelines.
• Ministerial counseling as needed, preferably via phone or technology.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Shaku Kaufmann at the temple office (808) 245-6262, the parsonage (808) 245-4543, emergency cell number (808) 384-7521 or via email at [email protected]
Please help each other and stay in touch, especially with those who may not have email or internet or may not have family on-island. We also add a caution to maintain “social distancing” as the new norm in any situation. If you know of anyone, especially our Kupuna, in need of help with shopping or getting to an appointment, please do not hesitate to contact the LHM office.