The traditional Obon Celebration was brought over to Hawaii by Japanese immigrants. The tradition has continued throughout the years as a cultural and religious celebration that includes dancing and music.
Paia Mantokuji Mission will be holding the Obon Dance & Festival on both Friday, July 12th and Saturday, July 13th. The Mission is located at 253 Hana Highway.
On both Friday and Saturday nights, services will begin at 6:00 pm. At 6:30 pm food booths will be opening for food and refreshment purchases. Friday Night at 7:00 pm Maui Taiko will be performing. Saturday night at 7:00 Zenshin Daiko will be performing. Both Friday and Saturday night will conclude with the traditional Bon Dance from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm.
Uma Kai of Kai Kompany will be hosting Art with Aloha at this Friday July 15th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center. This free event is a great way to watch and learn about the art of tool and weapon making from local Native Hawaiian artists. Event goers are encouraged to ask questions. More information available here.
Also on Friday July 15th from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm, the Obon Dance Festival will be taking place at the Kahului Hongwanji Buddhist Temple. Obon season honors the spirits of those passed. Festival will include dancing, food booths, taiko drummers and lots of festivities! There is no charge for this event.
On Saturday July 16th, come out to Sugar Beach and help at this month’s beach clean up event. Volunteers who come out to help will receive lunch and refreshments donated by local restaurants. Clean up time starts at 9:00 am. Be sure to wear sunscreen and bring water. All clean up supplies will be provided. This event is organized by Maui Surfrider. Your support is greatly appreciated!