First Buddhist High School in U.S. to Open in Hawaii

February 18, 2003

Source: The Star Bulletin

On February 18, 2003 The Star Bulletin reported that "the nation's first Buddhist high school... will open in Honolulu this August with a focus on peace education, says Pieper Toyama, head of the school... Pacific Buddhist Academy, a college preparatory school, is enrolling its first class of ninth-graders, who will be housed on the campus of Hongwanji Mission School in Nuuanu... The high school has long been a dream of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii, the statewide association of temples. Pacific Buddhist Academy will fill the gap between Hongwanji Mission School, which educates 300 children from preschool to eighth grade, and the Buddhist Study Center for college students and adults."