Obon in the Gardens

{{ msToDate('6/1/2019 12:00:00 AM') | date:'mediumDate'}} · Hilo, Hawaii Island

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Obon is an annual Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the spirits of deceased ancestors — a tradition.

First brought to Hawaii by Japanese immigrants, Bon festivals are held in the summer.

The Bon dance is performed by Japanese descendants in festive yukata or kimonos, and also includes people of all races in everyday wear, to welcome the spirits.

First-timers are encouraged to join in to honor the memories of their departed. (Bon dance lessons are included.)

The colorful celebration at Lili‘oukalani Gardens also includes crafts, taiko drummers, dancing, and tours of the beautiful Japanese gardens, featuring arching bridges, fishponds, rock gardens, pagodas, and the Shoroan teahouse.

Views of Hilo Bay enhance the peaceful setting. Bring your own lawn chairs.

Share in this spiritual and fun Japanese-American cultural heritage celebration.

The festival starts with a welcome and blessing at 10 a.m. and run until 2 p.m.

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hanging lanterns




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Lili‘oukalani Gardens

189 Lihiwai St., Hilo, HI 96720