2015 Maui Obon Festival

Move beyond the beach this summer. Maui's Buddhist temples come alive during obon season, a favorite island tradition.

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Lahaina Obon Festival 2015
A couple years ago, at the Lahaina Jodo Mission obon, I saw this woman walking by and she literally stopped me in my tracks—so elegant and gorgeous! So I stopped her in her tracks, and asked if I could snap a photo. I forgot to get her details, but was later told that her name is “Mrs. Yamamoto,” and that she’s a dance instructor.

It’s time once again to share the 2015 Maui obon festival schedule! Festivities kick off June 6 and last through August 29.

Put simply, obon is a centuries-old Buddhist tradition to honor the deceased. Every summer in Hawaiʻi, Buddhist temples come alive with colorful celebration: kimono-clad dancers, music, favorite local foods, and more. See my previous post to learn more about this tradition.

See you at the festival!

2015 OBON SCHEDULE

June 6, Lahaina Shingon Mission
(obon service at 6:30 p.m.; dancing at 7:30 p.m.)
682 Luakini Street, Lahaina
808.661.0466

June 13, Puʻunene Nichiren Mission
(obon service at 7 p.m.; dancing at 8 p.m.)
9 Ani Street, Kahului
808.871.4831

June 26, Wailuku Jodo Mission
(obon service at 7 p.m.; dancing at 8 p.m.)
67 Central Avenue, Wailuku
808.244.3800

July 3, Lahaina Jodo Mission
(obon service at 6:30 p.m.; dancing at 8 p.m.)
12 Ala Moana Street, Lahaina
808.661.4304
*This temple puts on a lovely lantern floating ceremony—the only one like it on Maui—characterized by illuminated lanterns inscribed with messages and prayers for deceased loved ones that are set out to sea. If you can make it to just one obon festival this season, this should be it!

obon dancing in Maui

July 10 and 11, Pāʻia Mantokuji Mission
(obon service at 6 p.m.; dancing at 8 p.m.)
23 Hāna Highway, Pāʻia
808.579.8051

July 17 and 18, Kahului Hongwanji Mission
(obon service at 7 p.m.; dancing at 8 p.m.)
291 S. Puʻunene Avenue, Kahului
808.871.4732

July 24 and 25, Makawao Hongwanji Mission
(obon service at 7 p.m.; dancing at 8 p.m.)
1074 Makawao Avenue
808.572-7229

July 31 and August 1, Wailuku Hongwanji Mission
(obon service at 7 p.m.; dancing at 8 p.m.)
1828 Vineyard Street, Wailuku
808.244.0406

August 7 and 8, Lahaina Hongwanji Mission
(obon service at 6:30 p.m.; dancing at 8 p.m.)
551 Waineʻe Street, Lahaina
808.661.0640

August 15, Kahului Jodo Mission
(obon service at 6:30 p.m.; dancing at 7:30 p.m.)
325 Laʻau Street, Kahului
808.871.4911

August 29, Kula Shofukuji Mission
(obon service at 6:30 p.m.; dancing at 7:30 p.m.)
113 Puanani Place, Kula
808.661.0466 (same number as Lahaina Shingon Mission)


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