Photographer Sergio Goes spent a year documenting how we commemorate life, Island style.


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money dance

Newlyweds Angeli Castillo and Stephen Callo take part in the Filipino money dance during their wedding reception on July 28, 2007. During the traditional dance, guests offer the bride and groom money as a symbol of future prosperity and abundance.

bon dance

Bon Dance
Even torrential rains couldn’t slow the Manoa Koganji Temple Bon Dance on Aug. 4. The dance, which is part of a larger Japanese Buddhist festival, honors the departed spirits of one’s ancestors.

Chinese New year

Father and son Tom and Kyle Ching join in New Year festivities in Chinatown while Tom’s wife, Amy, extends an offering to the dragon dancers for good luck. This most important of all traditional Chinese holidays begins with the New Moon on the first day of the new year and ends on the full moon 15 days later. This coming New Year will be the Chinese year 4706.


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