STAR-BULLETIN / 2007
Ken and Kumiko Saiki walk through the ti leaf ring during last year's Chinowa Kuguri event.
Public invited to try Shinto renewal ritual
The summer ritual of Chinowa Kuguri -- a rite of renewal -- takes place Saturday at Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha-Hawaii Dazaifu Tenmangu.
The Shinto tradition involves stepping through a ring made of woven grass as purification for misdeeds. The ring is typically placed on a path leading to a shrine.
In the local celebration, the ring is made of ti leaves.
The ritual will take place from 4 to 9 p.m. and be open to the public, with traditional Japanese games offered for children. The temple is at 1239 Olomea St., and free shuttles will run from the Damien Memorial High School parking lot. Call 841-4755.