The island of Kauai is undeniably beautiful, and it is often the dramatic landscapes, lush, tropical appeal and beautiful beaches that bring visitors to its shores from near and far. While it’s an amazing destination to admire, it’s also an island steeped in history and rich culture. When you’re looking for an island experience that combines thrilling views with meaningful traditions, makes sure to participate in one of the Bon Dance in Kauai events while you’re here.
A Dancing Tradition
The Bon Dance in Kauai events are a wonderful tribute to a 500-year old Japanese tradition that honors ancestral spirits through music and movement. When the summer sun goes down, dancers donning traditional Kimonos will make their way to a central circle and dance to the beat of the drum. These events are lively and engaging and happen throughout the summer months at a variety of locations, including local temples across the island. May through July mark the majority of weekend Kauai Bon Dance events and those looking for lessons before joining up with the circle at an event can attend classes sponsored through the West Kauai Hongwanji Mission.
While the dancing is the main event, guests will find that Bon Dance in Kauai festivities provide fun for the entire family. The doors open at 7:30 pm and the excitement usually lasts until about 10:30 pm. Dancing is certainly not required, but participation is encouraged if you feel compelled to join up with the circle! Otherwise, Japanese BBQ is on-hand for guests to enjoy along with traditional sweets for those that lean towards dessert. A games zone and plenty of Hawaiian ice snow cones keep the children entertained for hours on end. These dance events are primarily hosted at Buddhist temples which are open for tours when you have a moment to step inside and admire.
Admission to the Bon Dances is free for guests with a minimal fee in place for those choosing to dine at the event. The price for dinner varies according to performance location. Bring the entire family and get ready for a nice of dance, music, drumming and more when you take part in this island tradition.
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