Lihue bon dance this weekend

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    Volunteers from the Lihue Hongwanji Mission do extensive cleanup of the temple’s main alter in preparation for the bon dance this weekend.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Brandon Shimokawa wields a sledge hammer to drive in guides for the bon dance ring, Saturday while other members work on the electrical pieces for the exterior lighting in preparation for the bon dance that takes place this weekend.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Rev. Kazunori Takahashi of the Lihue Hongwanji Mission joins members, including Edith Ushio and Helen Yamaguchi in cleaning pieces from the temple’s main alter, Saturday in preparation for the bon dance this weekend.

Lihue bon dance this weekend

LIHUE — Rev. Kazunori Takahashi had no choice Saturday, rolling up his sleeves and overseeing the cleaning effort for the altar at the Lihue Hongwanji Mission in Kapaia.

“He has to come help us,” said Helen Yamaguchi, one of the church’s women club members. “He wants the church clean for the bon dance so he has to come work with us.”

The bon dance will take place Friday and Saturday at the Kauai Buddhist Council member church.

The group set up the bon dance ring, installed benches for spectators to the colorful, joyous occasion, and hammered the food booth structures into place for Takahashi’s final bon dance before he moves to Oahu for another Hongwanji assignment.

Dinner plate sales will start at 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and dancing starts at 7:30 both nights.

There is no admission to take in the annual celebration.

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The Garden Island

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