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Temples to hold
obon festivities


Obon festivities continue all summer as temples around the state take turns on successive weekends to accommodate the hundreds of people who follow the circuit.

The Obon tradition was brought to Hawaii by Japanese immigrants and evolved into a social and cultural event as well as a religious custom designed to honor ancestors through an evening of dance, music and merry-making.

Here is a listing of events this month, including practice sessions and ceremonies:


>> Ewa Hongwanji Mission, 91-1133 Renton Road, 681-5222 or 677-4221. Service, 6:30 p.m., dance, 7:30 p.m. June 22.
>> Haleiwa Jodo Mission, 66-279-A Haleiwa Road, 637-4382. Practice, 7 p.m. June 20 and 27; service, 6:30 p.m., dance, 8 p.m. July 12, 13; floating lantern ceremony, 9 p.m. July 13.
>> Wahiawa Hongwanji Mission, 1067 California Ave., 622-4320. Service, 6:30 p.m., dance, 7:30 p.m. June 28-29.
>> Waipahu Cultural Garden Park, 94-695 Waipahu St., 677-0110. Obon Festival, 6-10 p.m. tomorrow.


>> Wailuku Jodo Mission, 67 Central Ave., 244-0066. Service, 7 p.m., dance, 8 p.m. June 28.

Big Island

>> Honomu Hongwanji Mission, 963-6032. Service and dance, 6:30 p.m. June 29.
>> Keei Hongwanji Fukyojo, Keei. Service, 6 p.m., dance, 7 p.m. June 29.


>> West Kauai Hongwanji, Koloa, 338-1537. Dance, 7:45 p.m. June 21-22.
>> West Kauai Hongwanji, Waimea, 4675 Menehune Road, 338-1537. Service, 6:30 p.m., dance, 8 p.m. June 28-29.

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