Obon Season Across the Islands: Guzeiji Soto Mission on Moloka'i


This Saturday night in Kaunakakai, colored lanterns will swing in the breeze and taiko drumming will fill the air as Moloka’i Guzeiji Soto Mission celebrates Obon season. During Obon, Buddhists welcome ancestral spirits back to earth with dancing and fellowship. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on Moloka’i’s festivities this year.

Moloka’i's Obon celebration happens this Saturday at Guzeiji Soto Mission. The service begins at 5:30, with dancing to follow. Dinner plates, shave ice, fried ice cream and other treats will be available along with live music and dancing. Raffle tickets are $2 with a $1000 first prize!  Bon dance celebrations are happening on all Hawaiian islands except Lana'i this weekend.

Here is an online listing of Bon Dances around the state, with a few copied below. Probably best to call ahead to make sure schedules haven’t changed.


July 28 (Sat.): Guzeiji Soto Mission of Molokai, following 5:30 p.m. service (808-537-9409)

Hawai’i Island
July 28 (Sat.): Hilo Honganji Mission, 7:30 p.m. following 6 p.m. service (808-935-8331)
July 28 (Sat.): Kona Hongwanji, 7 p.m. following 6:30 p.m. lantern parade (808-323-2993)
July 28 (Sat.): Papaaloa Hongwanji, 7 p.m. following 6 p.m. service (808-962-6340)
Aug. 4 (Sat.): Hilo Taishoji Soto Mission, 7 p.m. (808-935-8407)
Aug 4 (Sat.): Hawi Jodo Mission, 6:30 p.m. (808-775-0965)
Aug 4 (Sat.): Paauilo Kongoji Mission, 7 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. (808-776-1474)
Aug. 4 (Sat): Kurtistown Jodo Mission, 8 p.m. following 7 p.m. service (808-966-9777)

July 27-28 (Fri./Sat.): Waimea Shingon Mission, following 7 p.m. service (808-388-1854 
Aug. 3-4 (Fri./Sat.): Kapaa Jodo Mission, 7:30 p.m. (808-822-4319) 
Aug. 10-11 (Fri./Sat.): West Kauai Hongwanji Waimea Temple, 7:30 p.m. (808-338-1537)

July 27-28 (Fri./Sat.): Makawao Hongwanji, 7:30 p.m. following 6:30 p.m. service (808-572-7229) 
Aug. 4 (Sat.): Kahului Jodo Mission, following 7 p.m. service (808-244-0066)

July 27-28 (Fri./Sat.): Higashi Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin, 7 p.m. (808-531-9088) 
Aug. 3-4 (Fri./Sat.): Palolo Hongwanji, 7 p.m. (808-732-1491) 
Aug. 3-4 (Fri./Sat.): Manoa Koganji, 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. (808-988-4905) 
Aug. 3-4 (Fri./Sat.): Waipahu Soto Zen Temple Taiyoji, 7 p.m. (808-671-3103) 
Aug. 4 (Sat.): Waialua Hongwaji, 7 p.m. following 6 p.m. service (808-637-4395)

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