June 5, 2015 to August 8, 2015 All Day
Kaua‘i Japanese Bon Festival Season is an important part of the present-day culture and life of Hawaii. Buddhist temples typically celebrate Bon Odori with both religious Obon observances and traditional Bon Odori dancing around a yagura. Many temples also concurrently hold a cultural and food bazaar providing a variety of cuisine and art, also to display features of Japanese culture and Japanese-American history. Performances of taiko by both amateur and professional groups have recently become a popular feature of Bon Odori festivals.
2015 Kauai Bon Dance Calendar
Event starts at 7:30pm and ends around 10:30pm.
Games, food booths and fun for the entire family.
June 5 & 6, Waimea Shingon Mission
June 12 & 13, Kapaa Jodo Mission
June 19 & 20, WKH Waimea Temple
June 26 & 27, Kapaa Hongwanji Mission
July 10 & 11, Waimea Higashi Hongwanji
July 17 & 18, Kaua’i Soto Zen Temple in Hanapepe
July 24 & 25, Koloa Jodo Mission
July 31 & Aug 1, WKH Hanapepe Temple
August 7 & 8, Lihue Hongwanji Mission
Kauai Visitor Tips to Bon Dance.
1. This 500 year Japanese tradition honors the spirits of ancestors. Under a tropical night sky, dancers wearing summer kimonos move in a circle to the beat of Taiko drums. The mood is joyous with people of all ages and backgrounds participating.
2. No dancing required or expected! You can watch from the sideline or join the circle.
3. During the Bon Dance the barbecue is fired up and plate dinners are served. There is usually a rummage sale with homemade Japanese treats.
4. Bring the kids too. There are games for them to enjoy and Hawaii shave ice.
5. When you want a short break from the crowds you can step inside the Buddhist temple hosting the event. Take time to admire the alter and you may see dancers preparing to join the circle. Before leaving, follow them back outside for this celebration of life.
This is a great way to spend a midsummer’s eve and meet locals. If you have been to a Bon Dance, please share your favorite experience.