Waimea Temple’s bon dance set for this weekend; Kapa‘a next

This week’s bon dance moves to the West Kaua‘i Hongwanji’s Waimea Temple on Friday and Saturday with dancing starting at 7:30 p.m. Rakudo, a taiko group who recently performed during the Kaua‘i Academy of Creative Arts, is scheduled to perform Friday night.

Kapa‘a Hongwanji Mission invites the public to the season’s final bon dance hosted by the Kaua‘i Buddhist Council, Aug. 5-6, in Kapa‘a.

Rev. Kazunori Takahashi said hatsu bon — a service celebrating those who passed from July 2010 to July 2011 — will start at 6:30 p.m., Aug. 5.

“There will be lots of good food, including dinner plates, saimin, flying saucer, pronto pup, yakitori, or barbecue chicken sticks, shave ice, sushi and more,” he said in an email. “There will also be lots of bargains in our country store.”

Food sales on both nights start from 5:30 p.m. with the traditional bon dances starting at 7:30 p.m.

Once the Kaua‘i Buddhist Council finishes its bon dances, there will be two additional bon dances for people to enjoy, the first one, hosted by the Kaua‘i Veterans Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, taking place from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 12 at the KVMH front lawn.

Brycen Hiraoka, vice president of the KVMH Auxiliary, said there will be a food booth, live entertainment and dancing starting at 6:30 p.m.

The public is invited to enjoy the festivities by bringing their own chairs and bon dance towels with additional parking available at the Waimea Canyon Middle School parking lot.

Josie Pablo, the recreation director at Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital, said Mahelona will be hosting its annual bon dance on Aug. 18 in the hospital’s courtyard featuring the Men of the Koi Dynasty.

• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.

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