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Free concert at Lahaina Jodo Mission in honor of the O-Bon season

By Staff | Jun 29, 2017

Junta Hiromi will share Amami minyo, folk music from the Amami Archipelago, along with original lyrics and music she composed.

LAHAINA – Lahaina Jodo Mission will welcome Junta Hiromi for a free concert on Friday, June 30, at 7 p.m. as part of its O-Bon Festival.

Hiromi is a singer, songwriter and composer born on Tokuno Shima Island in the Amami Archipelago off the southern tip of Japan.

The island’s natural beauty influences her sound that carries the message of loving kindness and compassion.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m., following the O-Bon service at 6 p.m. There is no O-Bon dance on Friday night.

O-Bon festivities will continue on Saturday, July 1, with an O-Bon service at 6:30 p.m., followed by the floating lantern procession and ceremony.

Maui Taiko will perform during the lantern ceremony in the temple yard, followed by the Bon Dance.

Food concessions will open at 5:30 p.m. with local favorites; sushi, chow fun, teriyaki beef, musubi, shave ice and more.

O-Bon is a Japanese cultural and religious event held throughout the summer at Buddhist temples around the island. It honors departed loved ones and ancestors.

All are invited to join the festivities. For more information, call 661-4304.