Hanapepe temple celebrates Obon through Sunday

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    A visitor leaves the Kaua‘i Soto Zen Temple Zenshuji that has been decorated with 500 chochin, each bearing the name of a remembered loved one, in Hanapepe Wednesday.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Jim Jung, attired in monk wear, leads a couple in prayers of remembrance before the couple sounds the bonshu Wednesday during the Celebrating the Spirit of Obon at the Kaua‘i Soto Zen Temple Zenshuji in Hanapepe.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Treats are always welcome after studying the plantation-life exhibits Wednesday during the Celebrating the Spirit of Obon festival at the Kaua‘i Soto Zen Temple Zenshuji in Hanapepe.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Kaua‘i Soto Zen Temple Zenshuji volunteer Cameron Williams gets in bean-bag-toss practice Wednesday as the Celebrating the Spirit of Obon festival gets underway in Hanapepe.

HANAPEPE — “It’s the middle of the week and the weather is nice,” said Gerald Hirata, president of the Kaua‘i Soto Zen Temple Zenshuji in Hanapepe. “I never expected this kind of turnout. The bigger things are happening on Saturday and Sunday.”

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