and the Moiliili Japanese Cemetery Beautification Project

The Moiliili Japanese Cemetery

We, the Moiliili Community, are beautifying our Moiliili Japanese Cemetery.  Our volunteers have built the new blue stone wall. We welcome new volunteers. Please help and donate (even if you live far-away). Every bit counts and every penny donated will go to beautifying the cemetery. Thank you so much.

The Mo’ili’ili Japanese Cemetery honors the pioneers of Mo’ili’ili Town and Honolulu City. In the early 1900s, Mo’ili’ili was a swampy area with a few homes and businesses. It began to grow as more Issei joined those already living there. The Mo’ili’ili Hongwanji was established in 1906, and then this cemetery opened as the Japanese Community Cemetery in 1908. Therefore, this cemetery has witnessed 110 years of history as of 2018.

In the last six years, a large group of donors and volunteers has revitalized this old cemetery. Now, we can enjoy more shade and the fragrance of more plumerias, plus have access to more convenient water for the gravesites. We have leveled out the surface areas with new gravel, and we have started to refurbish the fallen and damaged gravestones. There is seating where there was none before. You can relax and enjoy being close to your loved ones.


Laura Ruby
808- 947-3641 or or
509 University Avenue #902, Honolulu HI  96826.