2020 Bon Dance Schedule

2020 Bon Dance Schedule

As of March 17, the Kauai Buddhist Council has cancelled this year’s bon dance season.
Although it was very difficult to come to this decision, our action today shows we care and give our full support for the containment of COVID-19 on Kauai. May you all stay healthy, safe and secure as we continue to overcome this virus.

All dances start at 7 or 7:30 p.m. Temple links are the location of the respective temple.

June 12-13, 7:30 pm    Kapaa Hongwanji Mission
June 19-20, 7 pm   Kauai Soto Zen Temple
June 26-27, 7:30 pm    Koloa Jodo Mission
July 3-4   No Bon Dance
July 10-11, 7 pm   West Kauai Hongwanji Mission (Hanapepe)
July 17-18, 7:30 pm    Lihue Hongwanji Mission
July 24-25, 7 pm    Waimea Shingon Mission
July 31-Aug. 1, 7:30 pm    Kapaa Jodo Mission
Aug. 7-8, 7 pm   Waimea Higashi Hongwanji Mission

2020 Song Order


Bon Dance for Beginners

2020 marks the 12th year West Kauai Hongwanji Mission is sponsoring beginning bon dance practice as well as the men’s bon dance troupe “Men of the Koi Dynasty.” Continuing the legacy of Mrs. Nakaya’s patient style of teaching, we will have Lorraine Kawane, Michiko Hirao and Fay Tateishi as instructors.

We’ve always intended the initial practice sessions for the true beginners. It works best when the size of the class is small so we can tend to their individual needs. As the beginner gains more confidence the class progresses more rapidly. THEREFORE, WE ARE ASKING SEASONED DANCERS TO REFRAIN FROM JOINING THE PRACTICE.

Seasoned dancers refresher classes will be held starting in mid April. However, if you have a spouse or friend who are beginners and who may be reluctant to participate unless you accompany them, please join us.

Please encourage your friends, relatives, and spouses (especially men!) to join us.

What: Beginning bon dance lessons

For Whom: Men and women with little or no experience

Where: WKHM Hanapepe Temple social hall

When: Beginners–Every Thursday at 6 p.m. (starting Jan. 30, 2020). Seasoned dancers will begin on Thursday, April 16.

In order to keep the size of the groups manageable, we may adjust the start time.

If you are interested or know someone who may be interested, please email Alton Miyamoto at ahmiyamoto@hawaii.rr.com.

Other island practice schedules:

Kapaa Hongwanji       Beginners: Mondays at 7 p.m. starting on March 9. Seasoned dancers begin April 13. March 29 session cancelled.

Lihue Hongwanji        Fridays at 7 p.m. starting in May 1,  8, 15, 22, 29.

Koloa Jodo                  Tuesdays  at 6:30 p.m. starting May 5 to June 9.

"Nippon Daiko" at West Kauai Hongwanji Hanapepe Temple.

Posted by Kosen Ishikawa on Saturday, June 3, 2017