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Lahaina Jodo Mission to celebrate O-Bon festivities on July 6-7

By Staff | Jun 28, 2018

On July 6, the Rededication Ceremony of the Daibutsu (Great Buddha) at Lahaina Jodo Mission will take place at 6 p.m.

LAHAINA – Lahaina Jodo Mission will observe its O-Bon Festival in honoring the 150th anniversary of Gannenmono, the first group of Japanese immigrants to Hawaii, and also the 50th anniversary of its Great Buddha (Daibutsu) on Friday, July 6, and Saturday, July 7.

On July 6, the Rededication Ceremony of the Daibutsu will take place at 6 p.m. The abbot of the Kamakura Daibutsu Temple, Bishop Koyu Sato, and visiting priests will assist in this special ceremony. The O-Bon Service will follow the rededication.

After the O-Bon Service, a musical offering by Junta Hiromi, singer, composer and songwriter from Tokuno Shima Island in the Amami archipelago, Japan, will be presented. There is no Bon Dance on this evening.

On Saturday, July 7, a lanterns procession and floating lanterns ceremony will follow the O-Bon Service that begins at 6:30 p.m. Maui Taiko will perform during the lantern ceremony at the temple courtyard, followed by the Bon Dance.

Food concessions will open at 5:30 p.m. with cultural favorites such as rolled sushi, chow fun, nishime and teriyaki beef plate. All are welcome to join the festivities.

O-Bon Co-chairmen Donald Fujii, Edwin Sera and Bobby Lee invite the public to join this commemorative festival. For more information, call 661-4304.