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Saturday, May 28, 2005


BON DANCE FESTIVAL


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Dancers at the Jikoen Hongwanji Mission in Kalihi, including 88-year-old Agnes Kameko Higa, practice for the upcoming bon dance festival season.



Spirit-filled
tradition

Starting next week, colorful lanterns will light the way, and reverberating drumbeats will usher in three months of the Buddhist celebration honoring the dead.

Why is the obon season so long, with weekly festivals of dance and music held from June through August?

There are so many bon dance clubs in Hawaii that they have to take turns every weekend at the various temples and mission houses.

There are many versions of how the Japanese bon dance tradition started.

Agnes Kameko Higa, 88, an Okinawan-style bon dance teacher for more than 50 years in Hawaii, said the bon dance is based on a tale of a "boy looking for his mother."

The boy's mother died when he was very young, and when his father remarried, the little boy was unhappy and wondered where his mother was. He left home "looking for his mother's grave. He sees an old man on the side of the road and asks him for help.

"He told the boy: On the evening of the seventh day of the seventh month until the 13th, you will see a glimpse of your mother under your sleeve," Higa said, lifting her arm in an oft-repeated motion in bon dancing.

So from July 7 to 13, the Japanese go to clean the grave sites and "make everything in the house spick and span, put fruit on the altar, to make it ready for their ancestors to come home to visit," she said. On the 13th these spirits leave their graves to visit their families, and return to them on the 15th, Higa added.


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2005 Bon Dance Schedule


CORRECTION

Friday, June 3, 2005


» The Waialua Hongwanji Mission will hold its bon dance at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 6, not July 23 as printed Saturday in a schedule on Page D6.



The Honolulu Star-Bulletin strives to make its news report fair and accurate. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, call Editor Frank Bridgewater at 529-4791 or email him at corrections@starbulletin.com.

OAHU

Date Time Location Practice
June 4 6 p.m. Hawaii Plantation Village,
94-695 Waipahu St.
June 18 7:30 p.m. Ewa Hongwanji Mission,
91-1133 Renton Road
June 18 6 p.m. 50th State Fair*,
Aloha Stadium
June 24-25 6:30 p.m. Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin,
1727 Pali Highway
June 20, 21 and 22, 7:30 p.m.
June 24-25 7:30 p.m. Wahiawa Hongwanji,
1067-A California Ave.
June 24-25 8 p.m. Haleiwa Jodo-Shu,
66-279-A Haleiwa Road, 637-4382
July 1 6:30 p.m. Kaneohe Higashi Hongwanji,
45-520 Keaahala Road
June 29, 7 p.m.
July 1-2 7:30 p.m. Moiliili Hongwanji,
902 University Ave.
June 13 ,20, 7 p.m.; June 28-29, 7:30 p.m.
July 8-9 7 p.m. Koboji Shingon Mission,
1223 B N. School St.
July 6, 7 p.m.
July 8-9 7:30 p.m. Waipahu Hongwanji,
94-821 Kahaulua St.
July 9 7 p.m. Tendai Mission of Hawaii,
23 Jack Lane
July 15-16 7:30 p.m. Shinshu Kyokai Mission,
1631 S. Beretania St.
July 15-16 8 p.m. Haleiwa Shingon Mission,
66-469 Paalaa Road
July 5, 7 p.m.
July 16 7:30 p.m. Waianae Hongwanji,
87-762 Old Government Road
July 16 7 p.m. Kailua Hongwanji,
30-D Maluniu St.
July 14, 7 p.m.
July 22-23 6:30 p.m. Rissho Kosei-Kai Hawaii Kyokai,
2280 Auhuhu St., Aiea
July 22-23 7 p.m. Higashi Hongwanji Betsuin of Hawaii,
1685 Alaneo St.
July 23 7:30 p.m. Waialua Hongwanji,
67-313 Kealohanui St.
July 29-30 6:30 p.m. Jikoen Hongwanji Mission,
1731 N. School St.
July 20, 22 and 27, 7 p.m.
July 29-30 7 p.m. Palolo Higashi Hongwanji,
1641 Palolo Ave.
July 27, 7:30 p.m.
July 29-30 7:30 p.m. Wahiawa Ryusenji Soto Mission,
164 California Ave.
July 27, 7 p.m.
July 30 7:30 p.m. Kahuku Hongwanji Mission,
call 622-4320 for directions.
Aug. 5-6 5:30 p.m. Koganji Temple,
2869 Oahu Ave.
Aug. 5-6 8 p.m. Waipahu Soto Zen Mission Taiyoji,
94-413 Waipahu St.
Aug. 12-13 6:30 p.m. Shingon Mission of Hawaii,
915 Sheridan St.
Aug. 9, 7 p.m.
Aug. 12-13 7:30 p.m. Pearl City Hongwanji,
858 2nd St.
Aug. 13 7:30 p.m. Aiea Soto Mission Taiheiji,
99-045 Kauhale St.
Aug. 19-20 7:30 p.m. Mililani Hongwanji,
95-257 Kaloapau St.
July 28, Aug. 4, 11, 15, 16, 17, 7 p.m.
Aug. 19-20 7:30 p.m. Soto Mission of Hawaii,
1708 Nuuanu Ave.
Aug. 19-20 6:30 p.m. Jodo Mission of Hawaii,
1429 Makiki St.
Aug. 27 7 p.m. Aiea Hongwanji Mission,
99-186 Puakala Road
Sept. 3-4
Okinawan Festival
at Kapiolani Park
Sept. 17
Autumn Okinawan Dance Matsuri,
Hawaii Okinawa Center

* The bon dance will feature Yamada Dance Group, Aiea Taiheiji Yagura Gumi and Hawaii Eisa Shinyukai.

KAUAI

Date Time Location
June 10-11 8 p.m. Kapaa Jodo Mission
June 17-18 7:50 p.m. Kauai Soto Zen Temple Zenshuji
in Hanapepe
June 24-25 7:30 p.m. Kapaa Hongwanji Mission
July 1 7:15 p.m. Waimea Higashi Hongwanji
July 2 7:30 p.m. Waimea Higashi Hongwanji
July 8-9 8 p.m. West Kauai Hongwanji Koloa Temple
July 15-16 8 p.m. West Kauai Hongwanji Waimea Temple
July 22-23 8 p.m. Koloa Jodo Mission
July 29-30 8 p.m. West Kauai Hongwanji Hanapepe Temple
Aug. 5-6 8 p.m. Lihue Hongwanji Mission
Aug. 12-13 7 p.m. Waimea Shingon Mission

BIG ISLAND

Date Time Location
June 11 8 p.m. Honomu Henjoji Mission
June 18 7 p.m. Papaikou Hongwanji Mission
June 18 6 p.m. Kona Regional Bon Dance,
Keauhou Shopping Center
June 25 8 p.m. Honomu Hongwanji Mission
July 1-2 8 p.m. Puna Hongwanji Mission
July 2 7 p.m. Keei Hongwanji Fukyojo
July 2 8 p.m. Kohala Hongwanji Mission
July 8-9 8 p.m. Hilo Meishoin
July 9 7:30 p.m. Kona Daifukuji Soto Mission
July 9 8 p.m. Kohala Jodo Mission
July 9 8 p.m. Paauilo Hongwanji Mission
July 15-16 8 p.m. Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin
July 16 7:30 p.m. Honokaa Hongwanji Mission
July 16 8 p.m. Kurtistown Jodo Mission
July 23 8 p.m. Hilo Hooganji Mission
July 23 7 p.m. Kona Hongwanji Mission
July 30 8 p.m. Papaaloa Hongwanji Mission
July 30 7:30 p.m. Hilo Taishoji Soto Mission
Aug. 6 8 p.m. Hawi Jodo Mission
Aug. 6 8 p.m. Paauilo Kongoji Mission
Aug. 13 8 p.m. Hilo Higashi Hongwanji Mission
Aug. 13 8 p.m. Hamakua Jodo Mission
Aug. 13 8 p.m. Kona Koyasan Daishinji
Aug. 20 7:30 p.m. Kamuela Hongwanji Mission
Aug. 20 8 p.m. Hakalau Jodo Mission
Aug. 26 7 p.m. Hilo Nichiren Mission
Aug. 27 8 p.m. Honohina Hongwanji Mission

MAUI

Date Time Location
June 11 8 p.m. Puunene Nichiren Mission
June 18 8 p.m. Wailuku Shingon Mission
June 24 8 p.m. Wailuku Jodo Mission
June 25 8 p.m. Lahaina Shigon Mission
July 2 8 p.m. Lahaina Jodo Mission
July 8-9 8 p.m. Paia Mantokuji Soto Mission
Aug. 12-13 8 p.m. Kahului Jodo Mission
Aug. 27 8 p.m. Kula Shofuji Mission
Sept. 3 7 p.m. Puunene Nichiren Mission
(Azeka Shopping Center)

MOLOKAI

Date Time Location
July 9 6 p.m. Molokai Guzeiji Soto Mission


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