Obon in the News

Obon Spiritual Explorers

For 3 days during the summer, the Japanese celebrate the Obon festival. It is a time when the ancestors’ spirits return from the other side, to spend time with the living. All across Japan, Obon is celebrated in local, traditional ways. To discover the spirit of Obon, 2 explorers visit a small village in Aichi […]

Japanese Bon dance picking up popular tunes as it goes international

The Bon Odori dance, once a community event and a midsummer ritual for consoling ancestors’ spirits, has evolved drastically in recent years, picking up popular disco and anime tunes and attracting people regardless of their age or nationality.

SATURDAY, JUNE 1

Hawaii Plantation Village

94-695 Waipahu St, Waipahu, HI 96797
808-677-0110

5:30 to 10 p.m.

SATURDAY, JUNE 15

Ewa Hongwanji Mission

91-1133 Renton Rd, Ewa Beach, HI 96706
808-681-5222

7 to 10 p.m.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, JUNE 21-22

Wahiawa Hongwanji Mission

1067 California Ave, Wahiawa, HI 96786
808-622-4320

6:45 p.m.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, JUNE 28-29

Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin

 1727 Pali Hwy, Honolulu, HI 96813
808-536-7044

6:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Bon dance practice June 24-26, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, JULY 5-6

Mo’ili’ili Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin

902 University Ave, Honolulu, HI 96826
808-949-1659

5 to 10 p.m.

SATURDAY, JULY 6

Kaneohe Higashi Hongwanji Mission

45-520 Keaahala Rd, Kaneohe, HI 96744
808-247-2661

6:30 to 10 p.m.

Food booths open at 5:30 p.m.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, JULY 12-13

Koboji Shingon Mission

1223 N School St, Honolulu, HI 96817
808-841-7033

7 to 10:30 p.m.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, JULY 12-13

Hale’iwa Shingon Mission

66-469 Paalaa Rd, Haleiwa, HI 96712
808-637-4423

7 to 10:30 p.m.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, JULY 12-13

Rissho Kosei-kai Hawaii Kyodan

2280 Auhuhu St., Pearl City, HI 96782
808-455-3212

6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, JULY 12-13

Higashi Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin

1685 Alaneo St, Honolulu, HI 96817
808-531-9088

7 to 10 p.m.

SATURDAY, JULY 13

Windward (Kailua) Hongwanji Mission

268A Kuulei Rd, Kailua, HI 96734
808-262-4560

6 p.m.

SATURDAY, JULY 13

Waipahu Hongwanji Buddhist Temple

94-821 Kuhaulua St, Waipahu, HI 96797
808-677-4221

7 p.m.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, JULY 19-20

Hale’iwa Jodo Mission

66-279 Haleiwa Rd # A, Haleiwa, HI 96712
808-637-4382

7 to 10 p.m.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, JULY 19-20

Shinshu Kyokai Mission

1631 S Beretania St, Honolulu, HI 96826
808-973-0150

7 to 10:30 p.m.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, JULY 19-20

Jikoen Hongwanji Buddhist Temple

1731 N School St, Honolulu, HI 96819
808-845-3422

6 to 9:30 p.m.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, JULY 19-20

Wahiawa Ryusenji Soto Mission

162 California Ave, Wahiawa, HI 96786
808-622-1429

7 to 10 p.m.

SATURDAY, JULY 20

Wai’anae Hongwanji

85-762 Old Government Rd, Waianae, HI 96792
808-677-4221

7 p.m.

SUNDAY, JULY 21

Seicho No Ie Hawaii Jisso Center

1333 Matlock Ave. Honolulu, HI 96814
808-537-6965

12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, JULY 26-27

Pālolo Hongwanji Mission

1641 Palolo Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816
808-732-1491

6:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, JULY 27

Aiea Hongwanji

99-186 Puakala Street, Aiea, HI 96701
808-487-2626

7 p.m.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, AUG. 2-3

Waipahu Soto Zen Temple Taiyoji

94-413 Waipahu St, Waipahu, HI 96797
808-671-3103

7 to 10 p.m.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, AUG. 2-3

Koganji Temple Bon Dance

2869 Oahu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96822
808-988-7214

5 to 10 p.m.

Special Children’s Blessing
Friday, August 2, 2019
4:30 p.m. – Sign-up
5:00 p.m. – Special Service
5:30 p.m. Blessing/Procession

SATURDAY, AUG. 3

Valley of the Temple Memorial Park

47-200 Kahekili Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744
808-725-2798

4 to 8 p.m.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, AUG. 9-10

Shingon Shu Hawaii

915 Sheridan St, Honolulu, HI 96814
808-941-5663

6:30 to 10 p.m.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, AUG. 9-10

Soto Mission of Aiea – Taiheiji

99-045 Kauhale St, Aiea, HI 96701
808-488-6794

7 to 10:30 p.m.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, AUG. 9-10

Pearl City Hongwanji Mission

858 2nd St, Pearl City, HI 96782
808-455-1680

7 to 10 p.m.
Food Booths open at 5 p.m.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, AUG. 16-17

Soto Mission of Hawaii Betsuin Shoboji

1708 Nuuanu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96817
808-537-9409

7 to 10 p.m.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, AUG. 16-17

Mililani Hongwanji

95-257 Kaloapau St, Mililani, HI 96789
808-625-0925

7 p.m.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, AUG. 16-17

Jodo Mission of Hawaii

1429 Makiki St, Honolulu, HI 96814
808-949-3995

Taiko at 6 p.m.; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, AUG. 24

Kapahulu Senior Center

3410 Campbell Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815
808-737-1748

6 to 10 p.m.

SATURDAY, AUG. 24

Nichiren Mission of Hawaii

33 Pulelehua Way, Honolulu, HI 96817
808-595-3517

5 to 9 p.m.

Free parking at Nuuanu Congregational Church (2651 Pali Hwy and free shuttle bus from 4 p.m.)

SATURDAY, AUG. 31

Okinawan Festival at Hawaii Convention Center

1801 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815
808-676-5400

5:30 to 9 p.m.

Festival continues on Sunday, Sept. 1.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 13

Honbushin Odori Festival

95-030 Waihonu St., Mililani, HI 96789
808-623-7693

5 to 9 p.m.

Vegetable bazaar from 3 p.m.

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