After a 10-year absence, Naalehu Hongwanji Mission on Hawai‘i Island opened its doors to the public last Aug. 31 and observed obon with a bon dance. Members of Hongwanji’s Hilo, Pahala, Kona and Kohala temples, along with Kona Jr. YBA members, helped the Naalehu Hongwanji members set up the grounds and also participated in the festival to welcome home the spirits of deceased loved ones . . . even in the pouring rain!

Big Island Community Focus – Bon Dance Returns to Naalehu Hongwanji Mission

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Diehard bon dance enthusiasts got an early start on the evening, dancing to recorded music before the sun had set and the live musicians had arrived.

In Our Community – Haleiwa Jodo Mission Obon Festival

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Jane Heit has a busy summer ahead, attending nearly all of the Big Island’s bon dances. She’s also squeezing in a quick trip to Japan in August to take in several summer festivals.

Lead Story – The Big Island Bon Dance Queen

Jane Heit and Tsukikage Odorikai are Helping to Re-energize Big Island Bon Dances Arnold Hiura Special to The Hawai‘i Herald A persistent rain dampened the start of the bon dance at the Honomu Henjoji temple on June 15 — and no amount of prayerful looks at the darkening sky would make it go away. Led....
Hawaii Eisa Shinyu Kai taiko drummers in full swing.

Community – Bon Dance Season Kicks Off in Waipahu

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Higashi Hongwanji Mission.

2019 Bon Dance Schedule

BIG ISLAND June 7 (Sat.): Obon Festival at Keauhou Shopping Center (Kona Hongwanji), 6 p.m.; food booths available (78-6831 Ali‘i Dr., 323-2993) June 15 (Sat.): Honomu Henjyoji Mission, 7 p.m.; Hatsubon and Obon service at 5...
Picture of Bon Dance in action, Photos by Alan Kubota/Lenscapes

2018 Bon Dance Schedule

BIG ISLAND June 9 (Sat.): Obon Festival at Keauhou Shopping Center (Kona Hongwanji), 6 p.m.; food booths available. (78-6831 Ali‘i Dr., 323-2993) June 16 (Sat.): Honomu Henjyoji Mission, 7 p.m.; Hatsubon and Obon service at 5 p.m. (28-1668 Old Mamalahoa Hwy., 963-6308) June 23 (Sat.): Papaikou Hongwanji, 7 p.m., following 6 p.m. service (27-378 Old....
Photo of Pearl City Hongwanji Mission.

2017 Bon Dance Schedule

BIG ISLAND June 10 (Sat.): Honomu Henjyoji Mission, 7 p.m.; Hatsubon and Obon service at 5 p.m. (28-1668 Old Mamalahoa Hwy., 963-6308) June 10 (Sat.): Obon Festival at Keauhou Shopping Center (Kona Hongwanji), 6 p.m.; food booths available (78-6831 Ali‘i Dr., 323-2993) June 17 (Sat.): Papaikou Hongwanji, 7 p.m., following 6 p.m. service (27-378 Old....
Cover photo of 12/16 issue, a little girl enjoying Kauai's Flying Saucers

Lead Story – Flying Saucers Invade Kaua‘i

Gerald Hirata Special to The Hawai‘i Herald In the last few years, there have been published reports of Flying Saucer sightings on Kaua‘i. But the community here doesn’t seem to be at all concerned. In fact,...

Bon Dance

S. Sanae Imada Vol. 1, No. 5, July 18, 1980 Colorful Japanese lanterns, chochin, swing in the intermittent breeze and light the warm night with their gentle glow. The rhythmic beats of a large drum punctuate...

Bon Dances Start This Weekend!

BIG ISLAND • June 4 (Sat.): Hawaii Japanese Center, Noon (751 Kanoelehua Ave., 934-9611) • June 11 (Sat.): Honomu Henjyoji Mission, 7 p.m.; Hatsubon and Obon service at 5 p.m. (28-1668 Old Mamalahoa Hwy., 963-6308) KAUA‘I • June 3-4...

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