Puna Hongwanji Buddhist Temple Obon (Gathering of Joy) July 5 and July 6, 2019
The Obon (Gathering of Joy) Season at Puna Hongwanji Buddhist Temple will be observed for two nights on Friday, July 5, 2019 a
nd Saturday, July 6, 2019. Our Hatsubon Services on both nights will begin at 5:30 p.m. Hatsubon is first bon. This is the first memorial service observed in the season of bon dance after loved ones have passed away. Speaker on Friday, July 5, 2019 will be Rev. Satoshi Tomioka of Puna Hongwanji Buddhist Temple. Speaker on Saturday, July 6, 2019 will be Rev. Jiko Nakade of Kona Daifukuji Soto Mission. After the service we will have a lantern parade. There will be 50 lanterns each night for family and friends to write a message to their loved ones. The lanterns will then be place under the Bodhi Tree. Puna Taiko will entertain the group around 7:00 p.m. with their taiko drumming. At 7:30 the bon dance will begin until 10:30 p.m. each nig
Join us from 6:00 p.m. when the concession will open for you to taste our delicious homemade food prepared just for you. Everyone has been working together to prepare all the delicious food, snacks, and baked goods for you. In June we held our Temple Chef of Puna event and one of the items was that our winner could prepare their dish to serve at the Bon Dance. Congratulations to our Team Puna Taiko who were the winners. Be on the look out for their “Puna Style Yakisoba”.
Visit us in the community booth also. There will be a leafless Bodhi Tree that we want everyone to participate in by attaching a leaf to the Bodhi Tree. A short message/drawing may be added to leaf to add a message to our deceased ancesors.