First Buddhist priest sworn in as police chaplain 12-13-02

PHONE: 961-2244
DECEMBER 13, 2002

Rev. Earl Ikeda
SWEARING IN-The Rev. Earl Ikeda of the Puna Hongwanji Mission is sworn in as police chaplain by Police Chief Lawrence K. Mahuna. Looking on is the Rev. Midori Kondo, left, of the Hilo Hongwanji Mission and Mrs. Lei Kakugawa of the Puna Hongwanji Mission.


Police Chief Lawrence K. Mahuna has sworn in a new police chaplain, the first Buddhist minister to serve with the Hawaii County Police Department’s Chaplains Corps.

The Rev. Earl Ikeda, of the Puna Hongwanji Mission in Keaau, took the oath of office during ceremonies held Friday (December 13, 2002) in the police chief’s office.

The Rev. Ikeda is assigned to the South Hilo Patrol District. He is one of eight chaplains, each assigned to a police district, who administer to the needs Hawaii County police personnel.

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