2016 Bon Dance Schedule on Kauai

2016 Kauai Buddhist Council


June 3-4                     Lihue Hongwanji

June 10-11                Waimea Shingon

June 17-18                Kapaa Jodo Mission

June 24-25                WKHM-Waimea Temple

JULY 1-2                    NO Bon Dance

July 8-9                      Kapaa Hongwanji

July 15-16                 Waimea Higashi Hongwanji

July 22-23                 Kauai Soto Zen Temple Zenshuji

July 29-30                 Koloa Jodo Mission

Aug 5-6                     WKHM-Hanapepe Temple


Bon Dance for Beginners


2016 marks the eighth year West Kauai Hongwanji Mission is sponsoring beginning bon dance practice as well as the men’s bon dance troupe “Men of the Koi Dynasty” thanks to Mrs. Nakaya’s patient style of teaching.


We’ve always intended the initial practice sessions for the true beginners.  It works best when the size of the class is smaller so we can tend to the individual needs.  As the beginner gains more confidence the class progresses more rapidly.  THEREFORE, WE ARE ASKING SEASONED DANCERS TO REFRAIN FROM JOINING THE PRACTICE IN FEBRUARY.


Seasoned dancers refresher classes will be held starting in April.  However, if you have a spouse or friend who are beginners and who may be reluctant to participate unless you accompany them, please join us.


Please encourage your friends, relatives, and spouses (especially men!) to join us.


What:  Beginning bon dance lessons


For Whom: Men and women with little or no experience


Where:  WKHM Hanapepe Temple social hall


When:  Every Thursday at 6 p.m. (starting 2/4/2016)


Instructor:  Mrs. Nakaya


In order to keep the size of the groups manageable, we may adjust the start time.


If you are interested or know someone who may be interested, please call Alton Miyamoto at 338-1494 or e-mail him at 



Commemorative Symposium, Honen Buddhism, East to West

2015 Bon Dance Schedule on Kauai


Kauai Buddhist Council


2015 Bon Dance Schedule


June 5 & 6                       Waimea Shingon Mission


June 12 &13                     Kapaa Jodo Mission


June 19 & 20                    WKH Waimea Temple


June 26 & 27                    Kapaa Hongwanji Mission


July 3 & 4                        No Bon Dance


July 10 & 11                     Waimea Higashi Hongwanji


July 17 & 18                     Kaua'i Soto Zen Temple


July 24 & 25                     Koloa Jodo Mission


July 31 & August 1            WKH Hanapepe Temple


August 7 & 8                    Lihue Hongwanji Mission


*Bon Dance starts at 7:30 p.m. and Bon services are held prior by individual temples. 


2014 Bon Dance Schedule on Kauai

2014 Bon Dance Schedule on Kauai

By Kauai Buddhist Council


June 6 & 7               Kapaa Jodo Mission

June 13 & 14            West Kauai Hongwanji (Waimea)

June 20 & 21            Kapaa Hongwanji Mission

June 27 & 28            Waimea Higashi Hongwanji Mission

July 4 & 5                No Bon Dance

July 11 & 12             Kauai Soto Mission Zenshuji

July 18 & 19             Koloa Jodo Mission

July 25 & 26             West Kauai Hongwanji (Hanapepe)

August 1 & 2            Lihue Hongwanji Mission

August 8 & 9            Waimea Shingon Mission

2012 Bon Dance @Kapaa Jodo Mission
2012 Bon Dance @Kapaa Jodo Mission




June 7 & 8                                West Kauai Hongwanji (Waimea)

June 14 & 15                            Kapaa Hongwanji Mission

June 21 & 22                            Waimea Higashi Hongwanji

June 28 & 29                            Kauai Soto Mission Zenshuji

July 5 & 6                                 Koloa Jodo Mission

July 12 & 13                             West Kauai Hongwanji (Hanapepe)

July 19 & 20                             Lihue Hongwanji Mission

July 26 & 27                             Waimea Shingon Mission

August 2 & 3                            Kapaa Jodo Mission


August 9 (Fri.)  6:00 p.m.      Mahelona Hospital

August 16 (Fri.)                     Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital


August 30(Fri.)-31(Sat.)         Kauai Veterans Center



Zunpa with Japanese lyrics & English translation is now available!!!

2013 Bon Dance Committee Meeting Held


Bon Dance Committee Meeting, sponsored by Kauai Buddhist Council, was held at West Kauai Hongwanji Mission Hanepepe Temple on Sunday, February 10, 2013.

Though I couldn't attend it, Mrs. Sarah Date of West Kauai Hongwanji kindlly sent me a copy of her memo. Thank you so much!  Schedules of Bon Dance Practices on Kauai were announced as follows;


2013 Bon Dance Practices 




W.K.H. Waimea 7:00 p.m. Mondays, May 6, 13, 20


Lihue Hongwanji 7:30 p.m. Fridays, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31


Kapaa Jodo 7:00 p.m. Thursdays, May 9, 16, 23, 30


Kapaa Hongwanji 7:15 p.m. Mondays, from April 22


Hanapepe Neighborhood Center 6:30 p.m. Thursdays

(338-1537 or 335-3521)


So now, I'd like to add our schedule of practice here.

Koloa Jodo 7:00 p.m. Tuesdays, May 7, 14, 21, 28....



Also at the meeting, they decided to add a song called "Gokigen Song" to the 2012 Bon Dance Songs.  A total will be 17 songs with this new addition in 2013.


Then, what is Gokigen song(ご機嫌ソング)?


"Gokigen" in Japanese, means "mood" or "feeling." It is usually used as "Gokigen ga ii" meaning "glorious" or "in a very good mood." Gokigen is also used in the context of asking one's health or one's mood. So it means "How are you?" My translation of "Gokigen-Song" will be..."a Happy-go-lucky Song." By the way, "Song" is "Song" nowadays in Japan. So Japanese name of this song is "Gokigen Song."


As of today, I'm not sure which "Gokigen song" will be used, but the one I found at youtube is here.


Are you ready? I've just realized Bon Dance is comoing soon!!!!




Special Feature Film at KCC on Sunday, September 22

Children's Day at Lihue Hongwanji Preschool

Hanamatsuri Week

I have just installed Hanamido for visitors.
I have just installed Hanamido for visitors.

Welcome to Koloa Jodo Mission!

We are now celebrating Hanamatsuri Week (April 1 -8) , proclaimed by Mayor Carvalho, to commemorate the birth of Shakyamuni Buddha (624-544 BCE or 566-486 BCE), a founder of Buddhism.

Please come to visit Koloa Jodo Mission to pour Sweet Tea on the Infant Buddha Statue for Blessing.  The Books and some used items on the table are for free, too.  


The Buddha Day service, sponsored by Kaua'i Buddhist Council, will be held at Lihue Hongwanji Mission on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 9:30 a.m.


The Guest speaker will be Dr. George J. Tanabe and Dr. Willa Jane Tanabe.  For more information, please check my blog.


Japanese Buddhist Temples in Hawaii


The book titled "Japanese Buddhist Temples in Hawaii," by Dr. George and Dr. Willa Tanabe, is now available to buy here at Koloa Jodo Mission.   Please contact sensei if you'd like to buy this book.    

Jodo Shu Fujinkai Scholarship -Namiye Nakamura Scholarship

YBA Convention Invitation

72nd Jodo Shu State YBA Convention will be held on Mauai on June 7 - 9, 2013.
72nd Jodo Shu State YBA Convention will be held on Mauai on June 7 - 9, 2013.




The 1st Japanese Cultural Youth Camp

Date:  Sat. & Sun.,  March 23 & 24

For 2nd -5th Grader

 (KG and 1st Grader with Chaperon and Middle School Students Welcome, too)



Participation Fee :  Free / Kids  

Chaperon: Meal Fee / $10 Donation

Deadline of registration is March 20, 2013. (First-come, first-servied)



Tentative Schedule:

*There is only one shower room, please take a shower before coming to the temple.


Saturday, March 23

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM    Registration

4:00 PM                   Orientation & Introduction of

                              Japanese Language and Culture

(Ground Rules)

6:00 PM                   Welcome Dinner

7:30 PM                   Movie Night w/Snack

10:00 PM                 Turn in for Bed


Sunday, March 13

7:00 AM                    Wake Up

7:15 AM                    Clean Temple Grounds

7:45 AM                    Breakfast

8:30 AM -9:30 AM       Japanese Lesson II

9:30 AM                     Break

9:45 AM                     Bon Dance Practice

10:45 AM                   Break

11:00 AM                   Learning How to Make Sushi

12:00 NOON               Lunch of SUSHI! ...or MUSUBI!

1:00 PM                     Goodbye


For more information and application, please contact Sensei by email or call 742-6735.


December 6, 2012

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