It's that time again...Obon!
The Origin of "Bon" Dances
Reverend Bino Mamiya, minister of the Hakalau Jodo Mission from 1937-1975, was interviewed for the Voice of Hakalau in August 1960 and explained the origin of "Bon" dances:
In India long ago, there lived a man called Mokuren, who was a disciple of Lord Buddha. Mokuren had been given the powers to see into the next world.
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Why we created hakalauhome.com
Creating hakalauhome.com is our way of showing our respect for those who came before us, to build upon the history and share it broadly, and to showcase the collective effort of residents of Hakalau today.
Former residents share a love of Hakalau and work diligently to share pictures, stories and maps to reinforce their memories. Ken and I learned a lot from these folks and, gladly, have maintained contact with many. The key lesson was that culture can be passed from one time to another and one group to another. The values from the plantation community that former residents shared are gifts to us:
Ken and Susan Forbes
... a source of information for former and current residents that captures the historical, cultural and social uniqueness of our community