2021 Bon Dance Schedule (Tentative)

Kauai Buddhist Councl held an online general meeting on September 22nd and tentatively set 2021 Bon Dance Schedule.  Because of no Bon Dance this year, we decided to follow the 2020 rotation and opening date will be on Friday, June 11th at Kapaa Hongwanji Mission. 

There will be no Bon Dance during the forth of July weekend.  Because this pandemic situation is so uncertain, we will finalize schedule at the next meeting in January, 2021, hoping situation gets better.


June 11-12 Kapaa Hongwanji Mission

June 18-19 Kauai Soto Zen Temple

June 25-26 Koloa Jodo Mission

July 2-3  No Bon Dance

July 9-10 WKH Hanapepe Temple

July 16 -17 Lihue Hongwanji Mission

July 23-24 Waimea Shingon Mission

July 30-31  Kapaa Jodo Mission

August 6 & 7   Waimea Higashi Hongwanji


BSC Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii 2020 Summer Session

 The Buddhist Study Center will offer “Interlinked: Understanding the Origins and Evolution of American Buddhism,” a free online Buddhist study class series on June 22-26, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (HST) featuring the noted scholar, Rev. Dr. Duncan Ryuken Williams, author of American Sutra, a ground-breaking book published in 2019.
The study class series will cover the Foundations of American Buddhism, Buddhism in Hawaii during World War II, Religious Freedom and Buddhism during World War II, American Buddhism and Ecology, and Buddhist Social Engagement in a series of five two-hour lecture over five nights.
The study class series will be available online through a link available at the Buddhist Study Center website, http://bschawaii.org.  Pre-registration is not required and the lectures are free and open to the public. Donations to the Buddhist Study Center are gratefully accepted in the spirit in which they are given.

Detailed information and the full syllabus are available at http://bschawaii.org. For more information, please call the Buddhist Study Center at (808) 973-6555.

2020 Kauai Bon Dance Schedule Cancelled

Kauai Buddhist Council General Meeting was held today at Lihue Hongwanji Mission and 2020 Kauai Bon Dance Schedule was approved as follows;




 June 12-13 Kapaa Hongwanji Mission

June 19-20 Kauai Soto Zen Temple

June 26-27 Koloa Jodo Mission

July 3-4   No Bon Dance

July 10-11 WKH Hanapepe Temple

July 17-18 Lihue Hongwanji Mission

July 24-25 Waimea Shingon Mission

July 31-August  Kapaa Jodo Mission

August 7 & 8    Waimea Higashi Hongwanji




To our members and friends, please start planning to come or help our Bon Dance in 2020.  Thank you very much.


As of March 17, because of the Coronavirus Pandemic, Kauai Buddhist Council made a decision to cancel 2020 Bon Dance Season by vote through emails from temples.   We thank you very much for your support and understanding.

Thanksgiving Luncheon by Kapaa Interfaith Association

2019 Peace Day

2019 KVMH Bon Dance on Friday, August 9

2019 Bon Dance Schedule on Kauai

Kauai Buddhist Council has set 2019 Bon Dance Schedule as follows.  Please check it and start planning to come to our Bon Dance!  




2019 Bon Dance Schedule by Kauai Buddhist Council


May 31-June 1              Kauai Soto Zen              


June 7-8                 Koloa Jodo                      


June 14-15              WKH Hanapepe          


June 21-22              Lihue Hongwanji


June 28-29              Waimea Shingon


July 5-6    (No Bon Dance)


July 12-13               Kapaa Jodo


July 19-20               Waimea Higashi


July 26-27               Kapaa Hongwanji


125th Anniversary Celebration of Hawaii Jodo Shu


Minister’s Message


Rev. Koji Ezaki


Interim Bishop of Hawaii Council of Jodo Missions


2019 is a commemorative year for Jodo Shu celebrating its 125th Anniversary.  We will welcome Jodo Shu ministers and members from Japan to observe the 125th Anniversary Service at Jodo Mission of Hawaii on June 9, 2019.  On the same day, we will participate with the Jodo Shu group from Japan in a peace walk, “Matsuri in Hawaii” on Kalakaua Avenue.  We will announce details about the service at a later date.  Please don’t forget to mark your calendar.  I want as many members of Hawaii Jodo Shu to participate in this special celebration.


Gannenmono, the first immigrants from Japan arrived in Hawaii in 1868.  It is said about 29,000 people migrated to Hawaii during the Kanyakuimin (contract labor immigrants) from 1885 to 1894.  The first Jodo Shu minister, Reverend Taijo Matsuo, arrived at Honolulu Seaport on March 25, 1894.  Since then, Jodo Shu temples became a sanctuary for the plantation workers.  Jodo Shu celebrated the Centennial Celebration in 1994 and now we will see the 125th birthday of Jodo Shu.  Visualizing the long history, we can tell the past 125 years contains a deep relationship and partnership between Jodo Shu ministers and its members.


There are some who heard stories from their grandparents, read books, or watched movies about the life of the Issei immigrants.  I think many people know the story of the immigrants who worked 11 hours a day, 26 days a month, and got little pay.  The Issei generation from Japan endured many hardships in the cane and pineapple fields: differences in language, culture, food, and way of thinking, but many decided to settle down in Hawaii.  The reason they could overcome the sufferings and difficulties was because the Buddhist temples such as, Jodo, Hongwanjis, Tendai, Soto, Shingon, and so on, supported the spirits of the Japanese immigrants.  The members of the Buddhist temples also dedicated themselves earnestly in flourishment of the temples.  Japanese immigrants and Buddhist ministers went hand in hand together.  They both walked together by helping each other. 


The spirits of the Issei have passed down to the Nisei and Sansei, and now Yonsei (fourth generation) and Gosei (fifth generation) and you can see these spirits when they come to services.  Perhaps the Rokusei will start to appear soon.  It is wonderful that Jodo Shu is supported by five (or six) generations beginning from the very first immigrants 125 years ago.  Jodo Shu has been a center of the Japanese community even through changes in times.  Jodo Shu is here because of YOUR efforts and support.  When I think about the members, followers, supporters, friends and neighbors of Jodo Shu, there is nothing other than appreciation and gratitude.  I would like to heartily deliver my thankfulness to all of you by saying, “Minasama, arigato!”


Again, may I humbly remind you that we will observe the 125th Anniversary Service on June 9, 2019.  Please participate in this commemorative service at Jodo Mission of Hawaii and let us celebrate together.  Tanomimasu!




2019 Kabuki in Hawaii

2018 Bodhi Day Service at Kauai Soto Zen on Dec.2 at 9:30am

Bodhi Day Sponsored by the Kauai Buddhist Council
Sunday, December 2, 2018 9:30 a.m. Kauai Soto Zen Temple

1-3500 Kaumualii Highway Hanapepe
Commemorative service with all temples and organizations participating, starting at 9:30 am
Guest Speaker:  Dr. Thao Le  Associate Professor of the Human Development & Family Studies program, UH-Manoa  "Bodhi in Each Moment"  In this interactive presentation, Dr. Le will share beneficial practice of skillful living centered on Buddhist principles, and to supporting causes that promote happiness and well-being. She has worked with youth and family serving agencies, teachers, students, counselors in promoting mindfulness in the classrooms.
Refreshments will be served Entertainment, exhibits, fun & fellowship.


2018 Hanamatsuri Week & Buddha Day Commemoration by Kauai Buddhist Council

In Japan, April 8 has been known as the day when Siddhartha Gautama was born in Lumbini, Nepal about 2600 years ago.  Siddhartha was a prince of the kingdom of Kapilavastu (Northern India).  He had all the material wealth that anyone could wish for but when he was 29 years old, he was truly shocked to know people in the world were suffering from illness, poverty, and various dissatisfaction.  He then renounced all these things to go out into the world to seek a way of salvation for all the people.  After six years of hard trainings and deep meditation, he became enlightened under the Bodhi tree when he was 35 years old.  Siddhartha was then called “Buddha” which literally means “Awakened One.”   For the sake of sharing the way to happiness, Buddha traveled to preach his teachings for nearly 45 years.  His teachings were gradually transmitted from people to people, countries to countries and from generations to generations which have formed what we call “Buddhism” today.


The tradition to celebrate Buddha’s Birthday in April 8 has been brought to Hawaii with Japanese Immigrants and April 8 was officially recognized as a Buddha Day by the State Legislature of 1963. Since Buddha’s birthplace was a flower garden in Lumbini and also April in Japan is a beautiful season of Sakura flowers, Buddha’s Birthday is also called “Hanamatsuri” meaning “Flower(Hana) Festival(Matsuri)”   


In celebration of Hanamatsuri this year, Kauai Buddhist Council will offer for a full week of celebrations festivities.  From April 2nd to April 6th, “Candle Night-open house” at temple will be held at the Buddhist temples.  This open house is to offer extra time and place for prayer and meditation with candle lights to anyone, both residents and visitors of Kauai.   There will be time for meditation, prayer, Q & A, and talk-stories with Sensei.   Each temple will welcome you in a different way.


On Sunday, April 8, 2018, Buddha Day Service and Buddhist Book Fair will be observed at Lihue Hongwanji Mission from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon.   The guest speaker will be Mr. Mark Daniel Seiler whose first novel, “Sighing Woman Tea” won at the Pacific Rim Book Festival 2015 and his second novel “River’s Child” was recently awarded the Landmark Prize for fiction.”  He is a poet, musician, master carpenter, and currently serving as a board member of Koloa Jodo Mission, Kauai Buddhist Council, and Lawai International Center.


Kauai Buddhist council which consists of Kapaa Jodo Mission, Kapaa Hongwanji Mission, Kauai Dharma Center, Lihue Hongwanji Mission, Koloa Jodo Mission, Kauai Soto Zen Temple Zenshuji, Waimea Shingon Mission, Waimea Higashi Hongwanji Mission and West Kauai Hongwanji Mission (WKHM Hanapepe & Waimea Temple) will proudly display their best selections of the Buddhist books during this Buddhist Book Fair.   At the same time, we will have some books both for sale and for free available to the participants.  Temples will bring and present some free “old new book” which was supposed to be new but never read by members for many years.


There will be refreshments and lucky number follow the service.  All are invited and welcome.  For more information, please call Rev. Kosen Ishikawa at 635-8530. 

Hanamasturi week Schedule as follows;


Monday, April 2          6:00 pm-8:00 pm   Candle Night    Kapaa Jodo Mission 


Tuesday, April 3          6:00 pm-8:00 pm   Candle Night    Waimea Shingon Mission 

Wednesday, April 4    6:00 pm-8:00 pm   Candle Night    Koloa Jodo Mission


Thursday, April 5        6:00 pm-8:00 pm   Candle Night    Kapaa Hongwanji Mission


Friday, April 6              6:00 pm-8:00 pm   Candle Night    Kauai Soto Zen Temple 


Friday, April 6              6:00 pm-8:00 pm   Candle Night    WKHM Hanapepe Temple  


Saturday, April 7         6:00 pm  Memorial Service for Pets and Animals, followed by Candle Night by Waimea Higashi Hongwanji Mission


  (*Hanapepe Art Night is held on Fridays.  So it’s nice to visit both temples on the same day.)



Sunday, April 8   9:30 am -12:00 noon  Buddha Day Service & Buddhist Book Fair at Lihue Hongwanji Mission


2018 Bon Dance Schedule on Kauai

Happy New Year!  The following 2018 Bon Dance Schedule on Kauai was approved at the Kauai Buddhist Council General Meeting yesterday.  2018 Bon Dance will be kicked off at Kapaa Jodo Mission on Friday June 8!  



2018 Kauai Buddhist Council

Bon Dance Schedule


June 8 - 9    Kapaa Jodo Mission  


June 15-16  West Kauai Hongwanji – Hanapepe


June 22-23  Lihue Hongwanji


June 29-30  Waimea Shingon


July 6-7       Koloa Jodo 


July 13-14   West Kauai Hongwanji Waimea


July 20-21   Kapaa Hongwanji


July 27-28  Waimea Higashi Hongwanji


Aug. 3-4     Kauai Soto Zen Temple




Also at the meeting, Bon Dance Committee proposed 18 songs for 2018 Bon Dance on Kauai.  They were almost same as last year's songs but there were two changes.   Furustato Ondo was replaced with Dai Tokyo Ondo and order of Beautiful Sunday moved to the 2nd from 8th.



1.      Tanko Bushi                           3:16    


2.      Beautiful Sunday                  4:13 (8th to 2nd)


3.      Nippon Daiko                         4:10


4.      Zunpa Ondo                            3:49


5.      Hana no Bon Odori                 4:00


6.      Shiawase Samba                      3:24


7.      Bamba Odori                           4:00


8.      Kokoro Taihei                         3:58


9.      Dai Tokyo Ondo                    3:13  (New)


10.  Asatoya Yunta                         3:27


11.  Fukushima Bon Uta                 3:38


12.  Ashibina                                   3:06


13.  Sakura Ondo                             3:16


14.  Nippon Zenkoku Ohayashi Ondo      3:26    


15.  Gokigen Song                           3:55


16.  Heisei Ondo                              3:47


17.  Kawaichi Otoko Bushi              4:20


18.  Hana no Tebyoshi Odori           3:45



     "Dai Tokyo Ondo" is a new song this year however it used to be one of the popular Bon Dance Songs on Kauai till 1999. 


     If you are interested in dancing Bon Dance, you will be very welcome at the Bon Dance Practices at the following temples.   It will be good exercise with fun.  And it's free too.   If you have any question, please feel free to contact me, Kosen Ishikawa,  who happen to be President of Kauai Buddhist Council this year.


Kapaa Hongwanji       Mondays @7:00 p.m. from March 

Lihue Hongwanji        Fridays @ 7:30 p.m. from May

Koloa Jodo                  Tuesdays @6:30 p.m. from May 8th

WKH Hanapepe         Thursdays @6:00 p.m.  Beginners’ Class from February 15th


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 ahmiyamoto@hawaii.rr.com. 



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 sensei@koloajodo.com or call 742-6735.


December 6, 2012

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