Coffee hour set to meet new minister

A coffee hour has been set for 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday on the temple lanai for the public to meet the newly appointed resident minister, the Rev. Richard Tennes.

Tennes was born and raised in Chicago, according to an announcement. He has a background in religious studies, literature and music and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Roosevelt University in Chicago.

With a longtime interest in Asian religions, particularly Buddhism, and an introduction to the Pure Land teaching of Shinran Shonin, Tennes went to the Shin Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, Calif., in 2007.

After he and his wife, Parinya, moved to Hawaii in 2003, his involvement with the Buddhist Study Center and the Honpa Hongwanji Betsuin (Buddhist temple) led to a decision to pursue the path of becoming a Shin Buddhist minister, the announcement said. After academic studies in Berkeley, Tennes received Tokudo and Kyoshi training and ordination in Kyoto, Japan, in 2007. He served as associate minister of the Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin from 2007 to 2013. He was focused on Buddhist education programs for adults.

The temple is at 291 S. Puunene Ave. Its phone number is 871-4732.

* This article includes a correction from the original published on Friday, August 9, 2013. A story said the event was for “church members.” Others may attend. The Maui News apologizes for the error.