Kohala/Hawi Jodo Mission Celebrates 100th anniversary and Return of Okinawan Bon Dance

Hawi Jodo Shu obon
Hawi Jodo Shu obon

This past weekend, the Hawai Jodo Mission brought back Okinawan live obon music and eisaa after not having it for 15 years. Ukwanshin went up to help with Norman, Christina,Eric, Keith Shimabukuro. We also took up some members of the Young Okinawans of Hawaii, David Miyashiro, Jonah, Iseke-Wong, and Collin Hoo, to help. The rain and dark clouds threatened to dampen the occasion, but the ancestors came through and kept it dry throughout the bon dance. The older members who are the second generation of Okianwans there, were uplifted and said that the live Okinawan music and eisaa brought back so much memories of when the issei were there. They have been out of touch with much of their culture since the issei have left and are looking to reconnect. The Kohala community is looking at having Ukwanshin present an Okinawan workshop there to launch their reconnection to their roots. A big Ippe Nifwe Debiru goes out to Kathy Matsuda and her family, along with the many others who made it possible there. Also to the Ajimine family who homestayed us and drove us around. Keep it up Kohala! Chibariyo!get-attachmentaspx