“LET’S BON DANCE!”

Our theme for the Bon Festival says it all.

Get into the spirit of Bon and celebrate the joy of living!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Bon Dancing

  1. Can I dance, without any training?

Yes, anyone with the spirit and proper attire is encouraged to dance. Just be mindful of others when you enter the dance ring.

  1. What should I wear?

Traditionally, the proper attire is kimono (women), yukata (men), or hapi coat.

  1. Can I dance without the traditional attire?

Yes.  However, keep in mind what the elders say about leaving “too much uncovered on the top or the bottom or the middle.”  Observe the attire of other dancers and decide by using your own good judgment.

  1. Can I just jump in and follow the other dancers?

Yes. You are more than welcomed to. Honor past traditions and remember that this is a religious and cultural festival where proper etiquette and protocols are appropriate.

  1. Do I get a free dance towel?

Temples’ policy differs so you are encouraged to recycle and reuse your old ones, otherwise a donation may be requested.

  1. Can I learn to dance?

Yes. The individual temples hold dance practice sessions. Call the Buddhist temple near you.

The Kauai Buddhist temples offer Bon dance practices in May. A schedule will be posted here when the dates are finalized.

Currently, a practice session for beginners only are held at the Hanapepe Recreational Center on Thursdays at 6:00 p.m.