You’ll find o-bon festivals just about every weekend evening at Hawaii hongwanji missions and temples from June through August.According to tradition, it is believed the summer months are when ancestral spirits return to visit family and friends.In Japan, the tradition of summer o-bon festivals dates back more than 500 years.Here in the Islands, however, the festivals serve as both a ceremony of spiritual remembrance and a celebration of cultural heritage and community.
The first thing of note to me is that this study shows only 49.5% of BI residents identified as members of religions, lower than the mainland. 14, 2004 Helen Leinaala "Bones" Haa, 72, of Hilo, a recreational specialist at County of Hawaii District of Puna Parks and Recreation and hula instructor at Leinaala Hula Studios, died at home. Furukado, Willyann Quanan and Dene Ganir; sisters Audrey Perriera, Ida Abaire and Mildred Jerves; 17 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. O-bon festivals are perhaps best known for the dances that participants engage in, known as bon-odori. is looking for potential employees who believe in our mission to provide high quality, patient-centered, comprehensive health care that is accessible, affordable, coordinated, culturally competent, and community directed for all.