Experience the Vibrant Tradition of Obon

Experience the vibrant tradition of Obon on O‘ahu as bon dances return to the island this summer! The lively festivities are a cherished part of Hawai‘i’s cultural tapestry, inviting locals and visitors alike to join in the celebration. Don your yukata and prepare to move to the rhythm of taiko drums as you honor your ancestors and celebrate the circle of life.

Kicking off the 2024 bon season is Hawai‘i’s Plantation Village on June 1st, where dancing under the stars sets the stage for an enchanting evening filled with local food offerings, crafts, and more. Then, mark your calendars for Honolulu’s renowned Mō‘ili‘ili Summer Fest on July 6th, featuring one of the island’s largest and most beloved bon dances. But the festivities don’t end there—throughout the summer, O‘ahu hosts a plethora of bon dances and Obon festivals, offering a chance for everyone to participate in this cherished tradition.

Here’s a lineup of some of the bon dances and Obon festivals happening across O‘ahu this summer:

June 1st: Hawai‘i’s Plantation Village (94-695 Waipahu St.)
June 7th: Pan Pacific Festival (Kalākaua Ave.)
June 21st & 22nd: Wahiawā Hongwanji (1067 California Ave., Wahiawā)
June 28th & 29th: Honpa Hongwanji Hawai‘i Betsuin (1727 Pali Highway)

Join us as we come together to celebrate the spirit of Obon, honoring our heritage and creating cherished memories that will last a lifetime. Note that dates and times may be subject to change, so be sure to check the respective websites or social media channels for updates. Get ready to immerse yourself in the magic of Obon and experience the warmth and camaraderie of this beloved Hawaiian tradition.