Sunday, July 7, 2019

Bon Dancing In Honolulu

A  L  O  H  A !

The story of Honolulu's Mo`ili`ili neighborhood 
is the history of modern Hawaii.
Japanese workers completing their
labor contracts on the plantations
stayed in Hawaii, moving into town
to start businesses and begin to
build a financial base for the family
[something denied slaves on the
USA continent - which is why we are
discussing reparations]

Ultimately, many settled in Mo`ili`ili
at the mouth of Manoa Valley
where the University of Hawaii
would come into being.

Notice the Burger King in the background/right
Many Japanese customs of food, language,
religion, and culture were preserved
among these Hawaii people. When 
tourists from Japan began to visit
the islands in large numbers, they 
found an old-fashioned Japanese community,
frozen in time in many ways, 
and altogether charming.
Japanese food and culture are a big
part of HAWAII and all Hawaii people.

Every Summer, Buddhist and Shinto
shrines and temples throughout
the islands host BON dances.

show up with their tower, drums and
flutes. Recorded music is also played.
Andagi, fried noodles, teri chicken, hot dogs
and mochi are on offer. Many dance in
Japanese clothing. 

At the BON dance,
we dance with our loved ones who
have passed. In Summer - BON season -
they are near. There are many stories
of dead loved one's being glimpsed among the
dancers, or making themselves known
in other ways. We all attend. 

One need not be ethnic Japanese. 
Old, young, and VERY old & young 
all dance the eternal dances together.

WWII Veterans, US ARMY:

See You Next Time!

Blessings Friend!

See the dog?