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A Valley Isle reportage. Shoot first, write later.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

O-Bon Festival

It's summer in Hawaii, which means it's bon festival time at all the hongwanji temples (jodo buddhism) around the state.  These lantern festivals honor the spirits of departed ancestors, and it is believed these spirits come to visit their living relatives during the summer months.

I went to an O-Bon festival this weekend at the Paia Mantokuji Soto Zen temple.  This was my second one, and all the familiar sights, smells, and sounds flooded the air as people from all over the island came to participate.

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