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During this COVID-19 era, many temples and organizations are putting off, or changing, decisions about how to handle obon season. So the below information might not be current, but we are trying our best to provide it in a timely way.

Higashi Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin, May 2017.

Events Set to Run

Hawai’i Island

Hilo Taishoji Soto Mission (No In-Person Bon Dance)

Saturday, July 17: Toro Nagashi Deadline to Send in Request Forms for Lanterns (for the form, see p. 7 of Lanterns will not be sold at the Wailoa Boat Ramp.

Sunday, July 25, 9 a.m.Obon & Toba Kuyo Services (Live Streamed by FaceBook / video posted to FB and YouTube later) with In-Person services limited to 25 people. Contact Rev. Hata (see below) if you wish to reserve a seat.

Sunday, July 25, 5:30 p.m.: Toro Nagashi release. This will be prerecorded and later posted to FaceBook and YouTube for those who purchase lanterns or who want to watch the release. Long-distance lantern assembly by Taishoji members on behalf of those requesting lanterns; due to the coronavirus, no individual lantern assembly will occur.

Sunday, July 25: Hatsu-Bon service in person (only immediate family); private, with no livestreaming or video-recording.

Monday, July 26: Videorecordings of the Virtual Obon, Toba Kuyo and Toronagashi released on FaceBook and YouTube (see below).

Contact info:

275 Kinoole St., (808) 935-8407
Rev. Shinsho Hata, Soto-Mission-121688031174831/

Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin

Sunday, July 18, 9 a.m.Obon Sunday service – This will take place in the Sangha Hall or the temple as an in-person/online hybrid service via Zoom. (Public Obon Sunday service. Because of the current CDC guidelines, seating will be limited.)

Friday, July 16, 5 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.Hatsu-Bon service – This will take place in the Sangha Hall as an in-person/online hybrid service via Zoom. (By RSVP only)

Saturday, July 17, 3 p.m. & 5 p.m.Hatsu-Bon service – This will take place in the Sangha Hall in-person/online hybrid service via Zoom. (By RSVP only)

Contact info:

398 Kilauea Ave., (808) 961-6677
Rev. Joshin Kamuro,


Moiliili Hongwanji Buddhist Temple

Sunday, July 11, 9 a.m.: Hybrid Service feat. Rev. Kevin Kuniyuki, Buddhist Study Center –

In-Person: Face masks & social distancing required for this obon service.
Virtual via Zoom: Call temple (see below) for link.

Saturday, July 3, 7:00 pm.: Virtual Bon Dance (prerecorded). Theme: “Bon Dance memories.” Visit for the link.

Saturday, July 3, 4-6:30 p.m.: Drive-by Pick-up “Bon Bento” of Grilled BBQ Beef Bento OR Vegetable Curry Bento ($15.00). Bagged Andagi also available (same day). Call temple office at 949-1659 to reserve bento.

Obon Items for Sale

  • Chochin lantern “in memory of” tags:  Donation of $20 or more
  • Bon Dance towels:  Donation of $10 or more

Email or call the temple to purchase

Contact Info:

902 University Ave., (808) 949-1659


These temples or organizations will not hold bon-dance in summer 2021, due to the coronavirus. However, check with individual temples about obon services and other private summer services they may hold.

Hawai‘i Island

  • Hilo Dajingu
  • Honomu Henjyoji Mission (obon and hatsu-bon service)
  • Keei Buddhist Church
  • Kona Hongwanji
  • Obon Festival at Keauhou Shopping Center
  • Papaikou Hongwanji Mission


The Kaua’I Buddhist Council of the following eight temples is canceling bon dances for 2021:

  • Kapa‘a Hongwanji Buddhist Temple
  • Kapa‘a Jodo Mission
  • Kaua‘i Soto Zen Temple
  • Lihue Hongwanji Mission
  • Waimea Higashi Hongwanji
  • Waimea Shingon Mission Temple
  • West Kaua‘i Hanapepe Hongwanji Mission Church
  • West Kaua‘i Waimea Hongwanji Mission Church


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