Family Trip to Kauai

My dad, with logistical support from my stepmom Gayle, treated our three kids (and my wife Jen and me) to a two-day trip to The Garden Island. The mission? To show us around Kauai and to teach us about our family history on the Ozawa side.

My grandfather came to Hawaii from Japan to serve as a Buddhist minister in Hanapepe. He was put in an internment camp after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and my dad was actually born in Tule Lake, California. But they returned to the islands continue to diligently serve the Japanese community, my dad growing up on Kauai before the family moved to Waipahu on Oahu.

Kauai Trip 2016
290 new photos · Album by Ryan Ozawa

3 thoughts on “Family Trip to Kauai

  1. What a great story and a wonderful use of a shared Google Photos album. Great work with all facets and generously shared. May it inspire others of us to do our own.

    So +Walter Ozawa's father was the minister at the Zenshuji Soto Zen temple? I remember seeing that temple when I was searching Kauai for a temple and a church that old family pictures showed my grandfather working on as a carpenter. So rewarding to pass the links to the past on to the next generations.

    I did find the church my grandfather worked on, which turned out to be the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Kalaheo. None of the temples or shrines fit the old photograph, but I later discovered that it was the Wakamiya Inari Shinto Shrine now preserved at the Hawaii's Plantation Village in Waipahu after being transported from its site on King Street. The koma inu stone guardians from the original site now guards the Hamilton Library entrance at the University of Hawaii.

  2. +Walter Imai What a great story! I believe the original temple where my grandfather came to serve as assistant minister is also no longer around, the current building we visited is newer. It's great that your grandfather's shrine now stands on Oahu.

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