Posted by: kauaikolea2 | July 11, 2011

Kaua’i Bon Dances


June through August, and sometimes lingering into September, is the time for bon dances on the islands, including Kaua’i.

What’s a bon dance?

It is an evening of dance, music, food, and family fun and all are invited.  Buddhist temples celebrate the Obon tradition, which was  brought to Hawaii by Japanese immigrants and evolved into a social and cultural  event, as well as a religious custom, to honor ancestors.  Crowds beginning to gather usually about 6 PM. Special services usually start at 7:00 PM and are followed by a festival with bon (folk) dance at 8:00 PM.  The various Buddhist temples hold bon dances on different dates, so it is possible to attend a bon dance on Friday night and the next day, Saturday night.  You may have so much fun that you will go to 2 dances on 2 nights.

Everyone is welcome at a bon dance and it makes no difference if you are not a Buddhist or if you have 2 or 3 left feet!  You don’t need to know the history or the custom (Japanese-Okinawan) of bon dances to have a good time. You don’t even need to know the dances.  As the spirit moves you, jump in and follow the more experienced dancers.

All bon dance sites have food booths with standard fare of Spam musubi, plate lunches, and stir-fry noodles. Some temples serve barbecued beef or chicken sticks and andagi (Okinawan donuts).  Some temples have become known for having certain food items (like special big cookies).

The current list, as provided by Kaua’i tourist board, can be accessed at http://www.kauaifestivals.com/festivals/2011_kauai_bon_dance_schedules.html

What a great way to experience Kaua’i, its friendly people, its culture and its food, while wrapped in warm Aloha!

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