By Léo Azambuja

More than 300 came to the Kapa‘a Hongwanji Bon Dance June 21 and 22.

More than 300 came to the Kapa‘a Hongwanji Bon Dance June 21 and 22.

Every summer, the Buddhist temples on Kaua‘i join a Japanese cultural and spiritual tradition that has been around for more than 600 years — the Bon Dance.

From June through August, each weekend, one of the nine temples on the island holds a two-day Bon Dance. For Buddhists, this is a time when they reunite and dance with the departed family members.

The Kapa‘a Hongwanji Bon Dance, featured in this pictorial, was held June 20 and 21 and was the third celebration of the year.