Local-born and raised LORRAINE MINATOISHI, PH.D., AIA, LEED AP, is the president of Minatoishi Architects, an award-winning architecture firm specializing in historic preservation. Dr. Minatoishi produced an award-winning documentary entitled Aloha Buddha, which covered the history of Japanese immigration, religion and architecture in the Hawaiian Islands.

Business Architecture Firm Minatoishi Architects, Inc. is an award-winning architectural firm, with Secretary of Interiors (SOI) qualified Preservation Architects. We specialize in historic architecture and historic preservation. As dedicated preservationists, we are proud to integrate elements of Hawaii’s diverse history in our design. We work with private homeowners, commercial owners, and state and federal government agencies as preservation experts. Our primary work is building renovation and restoration. We also provide technical assistance by inventorying and assessing buildings at the front end of project design.

OUR MISSION is to work with the highest level of integrity, paying critical attention to detail, and creating works of the highest quality. We value spending significant time on historical and material research to fully and accurately analyze the architectural and cultural resource. We dedicate ourselves to projects that improve the environment of Hawaii and aim to share our findings and historical research with professional colleagues. We advocate for cultural heritage preservation, study, interpretation, and education. Treating our employees, clients, colleagues and our fellow citizens with Aloha is of the utmost importance in order to contribute to our clients’ success.  We Specialize In Historic Preservation, Historic Nominations, Permit Processing, Modern Architecture, Renovations, Historic Tax Credits, Master Planning,Japanese Traditional Architecture.

5/25 speaker-Lorraine Mintoishi, historic buildings 2018-05-17 10:00:00Z 0
The Chinese New Year dinner social on Feb 17 had a fantastic turn out.  Total of 46 people attended, along with the signature 7 course dishes with complimentary wine, and have door prizes which were donated by Terry Lo and Elvira Lo, Edward Ane donated 2 home make rice cake for dessert as well.  Mahalo to all WHR participants.
Chinese New Year dinner social on Feb 17 2018-02-23 10:00:00Z 0
Doodles sign up for 3/2 Mtg. 2018-02-16 10:00:00Z 0
     Jeff Wilson is associate professor of religious studies and East Asian studies for Renison University College, at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada . He has written several books and numerous articles about the interaction of Buddhism and various aspects of North American culture, and published pioneering research in the history of same-sex wedding ceremonies. Jeff teaches courses on religion in North America, East Asian religion, and theory and method in religious studies at the University of Waterloo. He is active in the American Academy of Religion, and does media appearances and radio interviews to provide an informed perspective on issues of religion in contemporary society. He is the current Numata Scholar at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and was the 2016 BSC Summer Session speaker.
     Professor Wilson’s book, Mindful America, The Mutual Transformation of Buddhist Meditation and American Culture (2014) is the first comprehensive exploration of the practice of mindfulness in America. It outlines how Buddhism influences and is appropriated and adapted by non-Buddhist cultures in the United States and elsewhere.
Mar 2 Speaker - Dr. Jeff Wilson 2018-02-15 10:00:00Z 0
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
It’s that time of the year again!
On April 28, 2018, Texaco is hosting this year’s DOE Honolulu District Elementary Speech Festival again. This will be the 30th anniversary for the speech festival.  Many of you remember last year’s festival and how much fun it was. Well now all of you will have the opportunity to show your support for our Keiki by coming out to watch them perform. There will be 480 student participants in grades 3-5. The students will participate in one of five categories:  choral reading, group interpretation, interpretive reading, poetry and storytelling. The program is seeking the help of 120 volunteer judges who will help to judge and critique the students’ performance. This event is designed to help encourage students to develop public speaking skills and to gain self-confidence.
Registration starts at 7 a.m. and breakfast will be provided. Briefing for the judges will be conducted at 7:30 a.m.
If you would like to participate in this year’s speech festival, please be sure to sign up by clicking on the doodle link and by adding your name to the roster.  If you have any questions about this event, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Richard A. Ing (

Community Service Chair

DOE Speech Festival Judging April 28 2018-02-10 10:00:00Z 0
We will be having our Chinese New Year dinner social at Maple Garden on Feb 17, Saturday evening, come early to enjoy networking with your fellow Rotarians at 5:30pm, dinner will start at 6 pm, bring your friends and family to celebrate the Year of the Dog.
The cost is $22 per person, 7 course Chinese cuisine specially created for our club, to name a few of the favorite dishes:  Smoke Tea Duck, Walnut Prawns, Spareribs in Honey BBQ sauce.  And each table will have a complimentary bottle of WINE, seats are limited, first come first serve...


To sign up please click:


Wine and Chinese Food Social on Feb 17 2018-02-01 10:00:00Z 0