A special obon service was held at Honouliuli National Monument to celebrate the finding of a taiko drum earlier this year at the Nichiren Mission of Hawaii. The taiko was inscribed with the word “Honouliuli.”
This past February, Professor Naofumi Annaka and Dr. Naomi Sasaoka of Rissho University in Tökyö were doing research at Nichiren Mission of Hawaii. They looked at all of the artifacts in the temple storage room, including the numerous taiko drums kept there. As Professor Annaka looked at each drum, he discovered one with writings on the bottom that said “Prayer at Obon Service, on August 15, 1944, at Honouliuli Confinement Camp.” It also included three people’s names and a Chinese-style poem.