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Kapa‘a Hongwanji Hatsubon Saturday

KAPA‘A — In compliance with the no-odori clause from the Kaua‘i Buddhist Council, the Kapa‘a Hongwanji Mission will celebrate its Hatsubon Service, or service for those who passed within the past year, on Saturday, July 16, starting at 10 a.m. at the temple located at 4-1170 Kuhio Highway, across from the Kapa‘a Shopping Center.

“Once again, the Buddhist Council has decided to cancel the 2022 Bon Dance season due to the concern for the health, safety and well-being of all,” the Kapa‘a Hongwanji stated in a letter to the public. “It is unfortunate that we are unable to have the Obon Festival for the past three years.”

According to the Buddhist Council decision, each temple will continue to conduct the Obon and Hatsubon Services, and have a fundraiser to raise much-needed funds.

Kapa‘a Hongwanji hosted its Obon Family Service on June 12, and will host the Hatsubon Service Saturday starting at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Mieko Majima. During the service, families will be able to visit the temple to offer incense in gratitude, and see the Lanterns of Remembrance on display.

The Lanterns of Remembrance are offered in three sizes through July 12 as a way people can honor and remember their ancestors. The lanterns are on display at the temple, and for the Hatsubon Service the lanterns will be moved to be displayed on the temple’s lanai.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to express our gratitude to our ancestors for establishing the temple, and sharing the Dharma with future generations,” the church said. Lanterns are available for a donation of $30 for a small lantern, $50 for a medium-sized lantern and $100 for a large lantern.

Following the Hatsubon Service, the temple will host a food sale with craft items and gently-used items from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the temple’s social hall. Food items include grilled teri chicken lunch with namasu and rice for $15, and flying saucers at three for $15. Meal tickets may be ordered ahead of Saturday by calling 808-822-4667.

Other items available at the sale will include maki sushi, assorted baked goods, pickled mango, lilikoi jelly/butter, hand-crafted bags, dishwashing scrubbies, hand towels and a variety of gently-used items.

“Obon is a time to remember and honor all those who have passed on before use,” the letter states. “It is to appreciate all that they have done for us, and to recognize the continuation of the influence of their deeds upon our lives.”

• Info: 808-822-4667

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Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.
Source: The Garden Island

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