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Obon Festival History

July 9, 2009
Maui Weekly

The public is invited to the Wednesday, July 15, meeting of the Rotary Club of Kihei-Wailea to hear Maui Taiko President Kay Fukumoto. She will talk about the historical, religious and cultural aspects of the obon festival season.

The festivals feature decorated temple grounds, dancers wearing beautiful kimono and hapi coats, offerings of food and games for the youngsters. They are widely attended by multicultural, multi-denominational audiences wishing to honor their deceased loved ones. Obon festivals are an old Japanese tradition, connected to the Buddhist religion.

The club meets at Hotel Wailea (the former Diamond Resort in Wailea) from noon to 1 p.m. Visit or call Mark Middleton at 344-3141 for more information. Admission is $5; $18 including lunch catered by 808 Deli.



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