Palo Alto Buddhist Temple Senior Organizations

Yuwa Kai members celebrate October, November and December birthdays
at the Bonenkai on December 8, 2018

Yuwa Kai

Yuwa Kai is an organization of the Palo Alto Buddhist Temple established in 1975 to support the senior members of the Temple where religious, social and cultural activities are planned. Quarterly luncheons are held recognizing members' birthdays and providing interesting speakers from the Bay Area or other types of entertainment. One of the highlights is the annual Bonenkai (end of year party) which includes a special luncheon and lively entertainment by talented performers. Each year, several field trips are planned, typically these are day trips to interesting sites in the Bay Area, but overnight trips are enjoyed occasionally. Any Palo Alto Buddhist Temple member is welcome to join. The Co-Chairs for 2019 are Denise Montgomery and Sherri Kawazoye.

The Co-Chairs for 2018
Sherri Kawazoye & Denise Montgomery

2019 Yuwa Kai Officers:

Co-Chairs: Denise Montgomery and Sherri Kawazoye
Treasurer: Joanne Chow
Recording Secretary: Chris Takigawa
Corresponding Secretary: Pat Fujii

Tentative Calendar of Events for 2019

First Quarterly Luncheon - February 9
Second Quarterly Luncheon - May - TBD
Flower Drum Song Play - May - TBD
Casino Trip - June - TBD
Third Quarterly Luncheon - September - TBD
Computer History Museum - September - TBD
Dr. Shigematsu Workshop - October 12
Bonenkai - December - TBD

Bonenkai Luncheon

Our annual Bonenkai was held on December 8, 2018. The service was conducted by Rev. Dean Koyama and chaired by Denise Montgomery. The event included Carl Yanari as our program MC. A delicious lunch was served, followed by wonderful entertainment provided by the Yuwa Kai Ukulele group and Hula Dancers. Special thanks to Tyler Montgomery, our talented ukulele instructor. Members and guests enjoyed an entertaining afternoon.

Bonenkai Entertainment


In April 1988, Tomonikai held its first weekly session at the Temple, from 10 am to 2 pm.  These senior Temple members meet for religious, social and fun activities every Wednesday.  Every third Wednesday of the month, they enjoy a service in Japanese, followed by a purchased bento box lunch.  On all of the other Wednesdays, special lunches are prepared by the Helping Hands group.  They enjoy playing Mah Jong, Hana, doing puzzles, bingo, reading, chatting with each other and enjoying the many snacks that they bring to share.

Helping Hands

This group started making lunches for Tomonikai in October 1999.  Additionally, the crafts group makes scarves, hats, blankets, lovely greeting cards and decorate gift bags for a local charitable group.  They also make many items to sell at the PABT annual Artistry Faire.  Other Helping Hands activities include monthly bingo, line dancing to promote physical exercise and Hana and bridge to provide exercise for the mind.  Helping Hands provides an opportunity for friendship, working together, learning new skills, and having fun.  All Palo Alto Temple members are welcome to join.