Time for Obon! Hawaii Summer 2014 Bon Dance Schedule


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The summer bon dance season kicks off this month, with Bon Odori festivals lighting up the Wahiawa Hongwanji and the Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin on the Pali Highway. The season continues through September, with most of the dances taking place in July and August, but it’s never too early to break out your tenugui towel and uchiwa fan, and load up on andagi and saimin.

Dancers at the Makawao Hongwanji bon dance.
Photo: Dallas Nagata White
 

OAHU

June

  • Saturday, June 7: Hawaii State Library, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

  • Friday, June 13: Pan Pacific Festival bon dance, 7 p.m.- 9 p.m.

  • Saturday, June 14: Hawaii’s Plantation Village, 6 – 10 p.m., 677-0110

  • Saturday, June 14: Princess Kaiulani Hotel Obon Festival, Time TBD

  • Saturday, June 21: Ewa Hongwanji, 7 – 10 p.m.

  • Friday, June 27 - Saturday, June 28: Wahiawa Hongwanji, 6:30 – 10 p.m., 622-4320

  • Friday, June 27 - Saturday, June 28: Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin, following 6:15 p.m. service, 536-7044

 

July 

  • Friday, July 4 - Saturday, July 5: Moiliili Hongwanji, 6 p.m., 949-1659

  • Saturday, July 5: Kaneohe Higashi Hongwanji, 6:30 p.m. following 6 p.m. service, 247-2661

  • Saturday, July 5: Moiliili Summer Fest, 1100 University Ave., 5-10:30 p.m., moiliilisummerfest.com

  • Friday, July 11 - Saturday, July 12: Koboji Shingon Mission, 7 – 10:30 p.m., 841-7033

  • Friday, July 11 - Saturday, July 12: Haleiwa Shingon Mission, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m., 637-4423

  • Friday, July 11 - Saturday, July 12: Waipahu Hongwanji, 7 p.m., 677-4221

  • Friday, July 11 - Saturday, July 12: Shinshu Kyokai Mission, 7 – 10:30 p.m., 973-0150

  • Thursday, July 17 - Friday, July 19: Rissho Kosei-kai Hawaii Kyokai, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., 455-3212

  • Friday, July 18 - Saturday, July 19: Jikoen Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, following 6 p.m. service, 845-3422

  • Friday, July 18 - Saturday, July 19: Wahiawa Ryusenji Soto Mission, 7 – 10 p.m., 622-1429

  • Friday, July 18 - Saturday, July 19: Haleiwa Jodo Mission, 8 p.m., 637-4382

  • Saturday, July 19: Waianae Hongwanji, 7 p.m., 677-4221

  • Saturday, July 26: Kailua Hongwanji, TBA

  • Friday, July 25 - Saturday, July 26: Higashi Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin, 7 p.m. following 6:30 p.m. service, 531-9088

 

August 

  • Friday, Aug. 1 - Saturday, Aug. 2: Palolo Higashi Hongwanji, 7 p.m., 732-1491

  • Friday, Aug. 1 - Saturday, Aug. 2: Waipahu Soto Zen Temple Taiyoji, 7 p.m., 671-3103

  • Friday, Aug. 1 - Saturday, Aug. 2: Manoa Koganji, 5:30 – 10:30 p.m., 988-4905

  • Saturday, Aug. 2: Waialua Hongwanji, 7 p.m. following 6 p.m. service, 637-4395

  • Friday, Aug. 8 - Saturday, Aug. 9: Shingon Shu Hawaii, 7 – 11 p.m. following 6:30 p.m. service, 941-5663

  • Friday, Aug. 8 - Saturday, Aug. 9: Pearl City Hongwanji, 7 p.m. following 5:45 p.m. service, 455-1680

  • Friday, Aug. 8 - Saturday, Aug. 9: Soto Mission of Aiea-Taiheiji, 7 – 10:30 p.m., 488-6794

  • Friday, Aug. 15 - Saturday, Aug. 16: Jodo Mission of Hawaii, 6:30 p.m, 949-3995

  • Friday, Aug. 15 - Saturday, Aug. 16: Mililani Hongwanji, 7 – 10:30 p.m., 625-0925

  • Friday, Aug. 15 - Saturday, Aug. 16: Soto Mission of Hawaii Betsuin Shoboji, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m., 537-9409

  • Friday, Aug. 22: Oahu Care Facility, TBA, 973-1900

  • Saturday, Aug. 23: Kapahulu Senior Center, TBA, 737-1748

  • Saturday, Aug. 23: Aiea Hongwanji, 7 p.m. following 6 p.m. service, 487-2626

  • Saturday, Aug. 23: Nichiren Mission of Hawaii, 6 p.m., 595-3517

  • Saturday, Aug. 30: Okinawan Festival, 5:30 – 9 p.m., 676-5400

 

September 

  • Saturday, Sept. 13: Honbushin International Center, TBA

  • Saturday, Sept. 13: Windward Community College bon dance, TBA

  • Saturday, Sept. 20: Autumn Okinawa Dance Festival at Hawaii Okinawa Center, 5:30 – 10 p.m., 676-5400

 

Big Island

June  

  • Saturday, June 14: Keauhou Shopping Center (Kona Hongwanji), 6 – 10 p.m., 323-2993

  • Saturday, June 14: Honomu Henjoji Mission, 7 p.m., 963-6308

  • Saturday, June 21: Papaikou Hongwanji, 7 p.m. following 6 p.m. service, 964-1640

  • Saturday, June 28: Honomu Hongwaji, 7 p.m. following 6 p.m. service, 963-6302

 

July 

  • Friday, July 4 - Saturday, July 5: Puna Hongwaji, 7 p.m. following 6 p.m. service, 966-9981

  • Saturday, July 5: Kohala Hongwanji, 7 p.m. following graveside 5 p.m. service, 775-7532

  • Friday, July 11 - Saturday, July 12: Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin, 7 p.m. following 6 p.m. service, 961-6677

  • Saturday, July 12: Kohala Jodo Mission, following 6:30 p.m. service, 889-5456

  • Saturday, July 12: Kona Daifukuji Soto Mission, 6:30 – 10 p.m., 322-3524

  • Saturday, July 12: Paauilo Hongwanji, 7:00 p.m. following 6 p.m. service, 775-7232

  • Friday, July 18 - Saturday, July 19: Hilo Meisho-in, Fri. 7:30 p.m., Sat. 8 p.m., 935-6996

  • Saturday, July 19: Keei Hongwanji (Kona Hongwanji), 7 p.m. following 6 p.m. service, 323-2993

  • Saturday, July 19: Honokaa Hongwanji, 7 p.m. following 6 p.m. service, 775-7232

  • Saturday, July 26: Hilo Hooganji Mission, 7:30 p.m. following 6 p.m. service, 935-8331

  • Saturday, July 26: Kona Hongwanji, 7 p.m. following 6:30 p.m. lantern parade, 323-2993

  • Saturday, July 26: Papaaloa Hongwanji, 6 p.m. following 5 p.m. service, 962-6340

 

August 

  • Saturday, Aug. 2: Hilo Taishoji Soto Mission, 7:15 p.m., 935-8407

  • Saturday, Aug. 2: Kurtistown Jodo Mission, 8 p.m. following 7 p.m. service, 966-9777

  • Saturday, Aug. 2: Hawi Jodo Mission, following 6:30 p.m., 775-0965

  • Saturday, Aug. 2: Paauilo Kongoji Mission, 7 – 10:30 p.m., 776-1474

  • Saturday, Aug. 9: Hamakua Jodo Mission, following 6 p.m. service, 889-5456

  • Saturday, Aug. 9: Kona Koyasan Daishiji Mission, 7 p.m., 324-1741

  • Saturday, Aug. 9: Hilo Higashi Hongwanji, 8 p.m., 935-8968

  • Friday, Aug. 15: Life Care Center of Hilo, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

  • Saturday, Aug. 16: Hakalau Jodo Mission, 8 p.m. following 7 p.m. service, 966-9777

  • Saturday, Aug. 16: Kamuela Hongwanji, 7:30 p.m. following 6:30 p.m. service, 775-7232

  • Saturday, Aug. 23: Puna Hongwanji Pahoa Shibu, 8 p.m., 966-9981

  • Saturday, Aug. 30: Honohina Hongwanji, 7 p.m. following 6 p.m. service, 963-6032

 

KAUAI

June

  • Friday, June 6 - Saturday, June 7: Kapaa Jodo Mission, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m., 822-4319

  • Friday, June 13 - Saturday, June 14: West Kauai Hongwanji Waimea Temple, 7:30 – 10 p.m., 338-1537

  • Friday, June 20 - Saturday, June 21: Kapaa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m., 822-4667

  • Friday, June 27 - Saturday, June 28: Waimea Higashi Hongwanji, 7:30 – 10 p.m., 338-1847

 

July 

  • Friday, July 11 - Saturday, July 12: Kauai Soto Zen Temple Zenshuji, 6 – 9 p.m., 335-3521

  • Friday, July 18 - Saturday, July 19: Koloa Jodo Mission, 7 p.m., 742-6735

  • Friday, July 25 - Saturday, July 26: West Kauai Hongwanji Hanapepe Temple, 7:30 – 10 p.m., 338-1537

 

August 

  • Friday, Aug. 1 - Saturday, Aug. 2: Lihue Hongwanji, 7:30 – 10 p.m., 245-6262

  • Friday, Aug. 8 - Saturday, Aug. 9: Waimea Shingon Mission, 7:30 – 10 p.m., 388-1854

 

MAUI/LANAI/MOLOKAI

June 

  • Saturday, June 7: Lahanina Shingon Mission, 7:30 p.m. following 6:30 p.m. service, 661-0466

  • Saturday, June 14: Punnene Nichiren Mission, 8 p.m. following 7 p.m. service, 871-4831

  • Friday, June 20: Wailuku Jodo Mission, 8 p.m. following 7 p.m. service, 244-0066

  • Saturday, June 21: Wailuku Shingon Mission, 8 p.m. following 7 p.m. service, 242-5618

 

July 

  • Saturday, July 5: Lahaina Jodo Mission, following 6:30 p.m. service, 661-4304

  • Friday, July 11 - Saturday, July 12: Paia Mantokuji Soto Mission, 8 p.m. following 6 p.m. service, 579- 8051

  • Saturday, July 12: Lanai Hongwanji, 6:30 p.m., 565-6151

  • Friday, July 18 - Saturday, July 19: Kahului Hongwanji, 8 p.m. following 7 p.m. service, 871-4732

  • Friday, July 25 - Saturday, July 26: Makawao Hongwanji, 7:30 p.m. following 6:30 p.m. service, 572-7229

  • Saturday, July 26: Guzeiji Soto Mission of Molokai, 6 p.m. following 5 p.m. service, 537-9409

  • Friday, Aug. 1 - Saturday, Aug. 2: Wailuku Hongwanji, 8 p.m. following 7 p.m. service, 244-0406

 

August 

  • Saturday, Aug. 9: Kahului Jodo Mission, 7:30 following 6:30 p.m. service, 244-0066

  • Saturday, Aug. 16: Paia Rinzai Zen Mission, 7 p.m. following 6 p.m. service, 579-9921

  • Friday, Aug. 22 - Saturday, Aug. 23: Lahaina Hongwanji, 7:30 p.m. following 6:30 p.m. service, 661-0640

  • Saturday, Aug. 30: Kula Shofukuji Shingon Mission, 7:30 p.m. following 6:30 p.m. service, 661-0466

 

*Times and dates are subject to change.

Sources: Tsukikage Odori Kai 2014 Big Island bon dance schedule, The Hawaii Herald, Maui Magazine, Kauai Buddhist Council bon dance schedule 2014, Kauai Festivals and Events, Soto Mission of Hawaii calendar.

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