Obon is a 500-year-old Buddhist tradition that originated in Japan and arrived in Hawaii with migrant workers during the 1800s. To commemorate the celebration, dancers would honor the spirit of family ancestors returning to the mortal world during the Festival of Lanterns. Today, Bon is an important part of Hawaiian culture and the Buddhist custom has evolved into a family reunion holiday where families visit graves and celebrate with a Bon-Odori or dance. Hawaii's summer Obon Festival season continues these traditions through a variety of family friendly Bon events that incorporate Taiko drummers, food booths and group dances around traditional Yagura towers.
Waikiki's many celebrations feature arts and crafts vendors, live music, Keiki games, and food booths serving delicious Japanese and Hawaiian cuisine, including tasty Okinawan doughnuts. Visitors will also enjoy seeing the many brightly colored decorations, Japanese paper lantern parades and people dressed in traditional Japanese kimonos. Summer Bon Festival season runs from June through September. Visit http://www.staradvertiser.com/features/featuresstories/20150601_Obon_2015.html for more information and detailed event schedules.
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