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July 2016

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Colorful lanterns light the way as taiko drums keep a lively beat and the smoky aroma of teriyaki barbecue penetrates the humid, summer air. It’s bon dance season in Hawaii, time to dig out your hapi coat or kimono and dance the night away.

In Hawaii, bon dancing is as much a local tradition as it is a Japanese one, attracting people from all backgrounds, ages and cultures. No one is too young or too old to participate in the the popular folk festivals honoring the ancestors and taking place at Buddhist missions and other venues June through August throughout the state.

In Japan, bon dance season takes place in August. Here in Hawaii, the season starts earlier so that more of the community can partake. The dances are staggered at various locations

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