Bon dance season comes to a close

Hundreds of people danced under the light of paper lanterns at the final bon dance of the season August 6 at Kapa‘a Hongwanji Mission. The cloudy evening marked the end of nine bon dances celebrated on Kaua‘i, which was hosted by the Kaua‘i Buddhist Council.

Bon dance is rooted in a Buddhist tradition. The dance is a way to remember ancestors who have passed away and their sacrifices. Adults and keiki alike danced to the sounds of beating drums Saturday evening. They lined up in a circle around a wooden yagura, while hundreds of people sat on lawn chairs and picnic blankets to watch. 

Away from the dancer, keiki tried their hand at a few carnival games and attendees feasted on local grinds.

Those who may have missed this season’s bon dance have one more shot: Mahelona Hospital will host a bon dance Aug. 18 in its courtyard.

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