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Valley of the Temples hosts second annual Obon Festival

August 13th, 2014

Valley of the Temples Memorial Park will celebrate the second annual Obon Festival on Saturday, Aug. 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Similar to America’s Thanksgiving, Obon marks a time when families reunite to celebrate their heritage with loved ones and ancestors who have passed away.


Courtesy: Valley of the Temples

Courtesy: Valley of the Temples

Held since the seventh century, Obon is a tradition that preserves Japanese heritage and passes the country’s culture to younger generations. In addition, two round-trip tickets to Japan will be given away during the event, courtesy of Valley of the Temples Memorial Park.

Courtesy: Valley of the Temples

Courtesy: Valley of the Temples

This year’s daylong festivities will begin with a traditional opening ceremony that calls upon the spirits of ancestors through incense burning and the offering of a prayer. Performers, including Wa-Taiko, Aikido and Naginata, are among those providing the day’s entertainment. The event will conclude when spirits will be symbolically guided back to the world of the deceased with illuminated lotus water lanterns lighting their way.

This family-friendly event will provide entertainment, fun events, activities and prizes for kids. Food and shaved ice will be available for purchase.

Courtesy: Valley of the Temples

Courtesy: Valley of the Temples

WHERE: Valley of the Temples Memorial Park

Byodo-In Temple

47-200 Kahekili Highway

Kaneohe, HI 96744


WHEN: Saturday, August 16, 2014

11 a.m. - 4 p.m.


WHO: Entertainment includes:

·        Traditional Bon Dance

·        Floating Lantern Ceremony with free lotus water lanterns

·        Dharma Talk & opera

·        Aikido

·        Minyo & drawing

·        Gagaku

·        Okinawan Dance, music & drawing

Visit or call (808) 236-4078 for more information.

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One Response to “Valley of the Temples hosts second annual Obon Festival”

  1. Ken Conklin:

    On Tuesday when I saw the notice about this event in "Midweek" I phoned the contact number and they said the event is free, without the usual entrance fee to the temple. They said that because the parking lot for the temple is so small they will also let guests park at the cemetery office and will provide shuttle service to the temple area.

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