Tagged: obon

Gallery: Jodo Mission of Hawaii Bon Dance

With the otoba come and gone, and the formal obon services complete, this weekend brought the annual bon dance at the Jodo Mission of Hawaii. There was a little rain tonight, but as always there was a lot of music, dancing, tasty food, and fun little games for kids. The Friday night...

Otoba Stand as a Spiritual Sign of Summer

One of the hallmarks of summer in Hawaii are bon dances, a Buddhist custom that has gone mainstream in the islands, evolving into inclusive, family-friendly neighborhood festivals that celebrate Japanese culture. (There are also lantern floating ceremonies, usually at the end of obon season.) But in the days before temples come alive with dancing, singing,...

Veterans to be Honored at Iolani Palace

Veterans to be Honored at Iolani Palace

A unique event will be held tomorrow at Iolani Palace, including live music, food booths, presentations, and  one of the first bon dances of the season. You can take a tour of the palace, enjoy local favorites like saimin and shave ice, savor special performances by ManoaDNA and ‘ukulele virtuoso...