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Lahaina Hongwanji Mission to host Obon Festival

By Staff | Jul 27, 2017

LAHAINA – Lahaina Hongwanji Mission is holding its annual summer Obon Festival on Friday, Aug. 11, and Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, on the church grounds at 551 Wainee St. This is the last scheduled Bon Dance for West Maui. Everyone is invited to dance to the beat of the taiko drums and enjoy traditional local Japanese food.

The memorial service begins at 6 p.m., and the Bon Dance is slated for 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Food concessions open at 5:30 p.m.

There will be assorted sushi, bentos, nishime, somen salad, chow fun, andagi and many more prepared food items for sale. There will be games to play as well as craft items for sale. Contact “Noosh” Nishihara at 870-6478 for more information.

Bon Dance practice sessions will be held on Aug. 1 and 8 at 7 p.m. on the temple grounds. Practice is open to anyone in the community interested in learning the dances. No experience is required; dress comfortably and prepare to have fun.