Around mid-April, The Hawai‘i Herald starts calling Japanese Buddhist temples and community organizations across the state. And this issue would normally include a four-page pull-out section filled with information including Hatsubon and obon services, Töro nagashi (lantern floating) and bon dance festivals.
Regretfully, this is the first summer in decades that the schedule seems up in the air, with many temples and venues canceling their festivities due to COVID-19. While all bon dance festivals on Kaua‘i have been cancelled, a majority of the remaining temples are choosing to leave that decision up in the air for now, awaiting the possible re-opening of at least some parts of the state of Hawaiʻi. Priests and organizers are all keeping updated on the latest policy changes from various city mayors, Gov. Ige, and their island’s respective political leaders as well as the rapidly evolving national situation of how we are handling the virus from governmental, business, labor, scientific, and community perspectives.
In such a moment-by-moment time of change, we will do our utmost to provide the details of obon events as our issues are published throughout the coming months.
The following temples CANCELLED bon dance festivals that were planned for JUNE. However, they are still making an effort to find ways to conduct services and welcome the public to call their offices for the latest information about temple services
Honomu Henjyoji Mission
Obon Festival at Keauhou Shopping Center (Kona Hongwanji)
(Bon dance cancelled; no service)
KAUAʻI – ALL BON DANCES FOR 2020 CANCELLED
Kauai Soto Zen Temple – Zenshuji
Koloa Jodo Mission
Phone: 742-6735 or 635-8530)
Waimea Shingon Mission
West Kauai Hongwanji Hanapepe Temple
Lahaina Shingon Mission
Puunene Nichiren Mission
Wailuku Jodo Mission
Wailuku Shingon Mission Komyoji
Hawaii’s Plantation Village
Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin
In the coming months, we will continue to gather the most up-to-date information from various temples around the state. Check back in our June 19 issue for July’s bon dance information and the July 17 issue for August’s bon dance information.