The Rev. Kosen Ishikawa is getting excited about the special guests from Japan he’ll be hosting when the Koloa Jodo Mission (the Jodo Shu in Hawaii celebrates its 125th anniversary and five generations of members this year!) hosts its bon dance Friday and Saturday (traditional bon dance starts at 7:30 each night).
Ishikawa was among the huge crowd that visited the first Kauai Buddhist Council bon dance over the weekend at the Kauai Soto Zen Temple Zenshuji in Hanapepe, where Gerald Hirata honored the temple’s most eldest member — Haruko Sakai — who visited the festivities with other residents of Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital (and what is Elsie Bayot’s favorite bon dance food?).
Craig and Karen Navratil made the trek all the way over from the “Kawaihau Raceway,” and took advantage of the early serving of food. They were gone by the time that line formed for flying saucers cranked out by the West Kauai Lions Club (they’ve got their fishing derby for youth Saturday morning in Hanapepe!).
Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami jolted when he saw that line, and Chef Glenn Hayakawa settled for a bag of andagi (mahalo, Jocelyn Barriga and the Kauai Special Olympics — they even had board president Leona Sa McDermott cooking!) before looking for the rest of his family.
Chef Carla Dusenberry (she’s making ??? for the KVMH bon dance!) made a brief appearance to check out the spread of foods before diving in to cook food for the dancers.
Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or firstname.lastname@example.org.