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Obon/Hatsubon & Remembrance Day Service

We held our Obon, Hatsubon, and Remembrance Day service, remembering and honoring those who passed before us. For Hatsubon, the names of the members who passed in the last year were called and family members offered incense. That was followed by our Remembrance Day calling of names of those who passed in July or August of any year.

In his Obon Dharma Message, Rev. Sumikawa spoke of the history of Obon in the Jodo Shinshu tradition. Obon is a festival of memories and joy. We gather in joy, remembering all of our ancestors, without whom each of us would not exist.

If you go back 10 generations, you have 1,024 direct ancestors. Going back 20 generations, that's over 10.2 million direct ancestors. If any one of those individuals were missing, you would not exist. 

Kailua Hongwanji's Obon is on Saturday, July 28. There will be no service on July 29 (Bon Dance clean up), no services in August (summer break), and no service on September 2. Our next Family Service will be on Sunday, September 9, 2018. 

Obon 2018: Building the Yagura

Ikebana Display at Bon Dance 2017

A few of the Ohara School of Ikebana arrangements that were on display a few weekends ago at our Bon Dance.

Bon Dance 2017

Hundreds came together to eat, dance, and remember those who've passed before us at Kailua Honganji's Bon Dance on Saturday, July 22, 2017.

Food Booth

Jr. YBA's shave ice booth proved popular on a warm summer night.

Hastubon Service

We held our Hatsubon Service today, remembering those who passed before us and those in particular who passed since last year's obon. Families of those who passed in the last year were called individually to offer incense. 

Rev. Umitani gave the Dharma Talk, focusing on the hatsu ("first") portion. The left side of the kanji character for hatsu represents clothes and the right side is a sword. To make clothes, one must first cut the cloth.

Bon Dance: Building the Yagura

Members and friends of Kailua Hongwanji assembled the yagura (the musicians' stand) and strung the lights in preparation for our 2017 Bon Dance on July 22. 

Kailua Hongwanji Bon Dance is on Saturday, July 22nd.

Ikebana on Display

Ikebana arrangements were on display during the Kailua Hongwanji Bon Dance on July 16. Classes are held monthly at the temple. 

Contact Irene Nakamoto for upcoming dates and class fees.

Bon Dance 2016

Bishop Eric Matsumoto joined us tonight!

The Kailua Hongwanji Bon Dance was held on Saturday, July 16, 2016. The food booth opened at 6 pm, while music and dancing began at 7. 

The Food

Our food booth featured our BBQ plates with two BBQ sticks, grilled hot dog, homemade macaroni salad and takuan, and rice. Other favorites included chili plates, chili dog, and our famous andagi.

Junior YBA Shave Ice Booth

The Junior YBA of Honolulu operated the shave ice booth, featuring multiple flavors and a condensed milk drizzle, perfect for a warm evening.