On December 7, war with Japan broke out. Those considered as leaders of the Japanese community, including many Buddhist priests, were detained on Oahu or sent to internment camps on the mainland. Bishop Zenkyo Komagata was relocated to Honouliuli Detention Camp and Shunan Fujisawa, the resident priest, was interned at Crystal City Camp, Texas. All Buddhist propagations were halted. Temple business was continued by You Komagata, wife of Bishop Zenkyo Komagata and Ryukai Muroga, resident priest (nun). On August 14, 1945, the war ended. After a four-year absence, Bishop Zenkyo Komagata returned to continue his religious work.In 1952, the temple once again moved, this time to the current location and dedicated in 1953. In September 1990, the temple ventured into another phase of education. Soto Academy, an English day school for boys and girls from kindergarten to sixth grade opened.