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Hatsu Bon (First Obon) Service

Hatsu Bon (First Obon) Service

Hatsubon (First Obon) Service Will Be Held On August 02 and August 03 The Wailuku Hongwanji Mission’s “Hatsubon” service will take place on Friday, August 2, and Saturday, August 3, starting at 6:45 p.m. The list of the departed has been categorized into two groups, as detailed below. Families have the option to adjust the date of their service and are encouraged to contact the temple office at 808-244-0406 promptly. “Hatsubon” signifies the first Obon, marking the first anniversary since the last Obon. It serves as a time for families and friends to gather and contemplate how the essence of their loved ones continues to resonate through their thoughts, words, and actions. For those observing Hatsubon, and indeed for all of us, as death touches each of our lives, it prompts a recognition of the impermanence of the physical form, leading to a deeper understanding that the influence of our loved ones persists and shapes our lives. Amidst the ache of loss, we acknowledge the importance of cherishing each moment, recognizing that tomorrow or the next instant is uncertain. While the sorrow of absence lingers, so too do the cherished memories and joyful times shared with our loved ones, eternally inter- twined with our being. As we partake in the Obon festivities, let us also contemplate the Truth of our existence—the truth that our departed loved ones continue to exert influence upon our present lives. Obon becomes a time for expressing gratitude for the conditions that allow us to experience this life. In our Jodo Shinshu tradition, we refer to Obon as Kangi-e, or the Gathering of Joy, for it embodies the act of Namu Amida Butsu, acknowledging the boundless compassion of the Buddha. FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 2024 Katsue Shishido - July 12, 2023 Todd Eiji Yamafuji - August 14, 2023 Mildred Miyamoto - August 23, 2023 Yeiko “Tony” Arakaki - August 31, 2023 Gladys Asako Watanabe - September 10, 2023 Anita Toshiko Yamafuji - September 18, 2023 SATURDAY, AUGUST 3, 2024 Ralph Takao Marushige - January 11, 2024 Shiori Yamashiro - January 20, 2024 Eleanor Yonamine - February 17, 2024 Stephen Tsuzaki - February 26, 2024 Sharon Takie Kawachi - March, 24, 2024 Yukie Ng - April 8, 2024

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