Shintoism is not Buddhism; but, the two religions are compatible. While Shintoism involves the prehistorical deities of Japan, Buddhism worships the Buddhist gods imported from India, as well as the departed spirits of the family. The name Shinto is translated to mean ‘The Way of the Gods;’ it embraces natural and ancestor worship. It teaches the innate goodness of the human heart.
There were once six Shinto shrines on Maui, located at Wailuku, Pa‘ia, Ma‘alaea and Kahului. The Maui Jinsha Shinto Shrine is the only remaining original Shinto shrine on Maui, and one of very few left in the entire state. It was established in 1914 by Masaho Matsumura in commemoration of the Emperor Yoshihito (the Taisho Emperor). Up until this point, there were no shrines dedicated to the emperor of Japan in Hawaii. In 1951, they moved the shrine to Wailuku.