Ichiro Chiba said the latest member of the fourth generation of Chibas is only a month old so will probably wait until next year to get to the bon dance at the Waimea Shingon Mission. Mel Chiba was there, working with Mel Nishihara (there were a lot of Makaweli Americans of Japanese Ancestry baseball people there) and Ryan Nishikawa in setting up the kiawe (boy, it puts out a good aroma) for the yaki teri meat and chicken sticks.
The Rev. Kohtoku Hirao did a good job with the bon service, and even welcomed the Ukulele Paradise ensemble from Japan who did an intermission performance on both Friday and Saturday nights.
Gerald Hirata was busy with The Storybook Theater during the Father’s Day celebration at Kukui Grove Center, but made it back in time to handle the food sales at the bon dance (you should have seen Sandi Kato-Klutke’s daughter demolish that musubi for extra rice for the bento), and Roy Miyashiro moved from helping with the food to being a parking attendant.
Bon dance moves to the Kapaa Jodo Mission with the Rev. Kosen Ishikawa this Friday (is Josie Pablo bringing the Mahelona Hospital residents?) and Saturday.