Celebrate Obon season in historic Mo’ili’ili with Honolulu’s largest bon dance

Celebrate Obon season in historic Mo’ili’ili with Honolulu’s largest bon dance

MOILIILI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kamehameha Schools in partnership with the Mo'ili'ili Hongwanji Mission and various other community organizations like the Japanese Cultural Center, Mo'ili'ili Community Center, and the Old Town Mo'ili'ili Business Association present Mo'ili'ili Summer Fest on Friday July 3, 2015. The annual festival is home to Honolulu's largest Bon Dance and aims to highlight the cultural diversity, history and businesses of Mo'ili'ili.

In its 4th year, Mo'ili'ili Summer Fest is a great entertainment and dining destination for the entire family. Held in the former Varsity Theatre parking lot from 5 to 10:30 p.m., attendees will be able to participate in traditional Japanese and other cultural activities, DIY projects, and shopping from various local retailers. Additionally, over 30 popular food trucks and mobile food vendors from Street Grindz will be serving up ?ono grindz. Entertainment includes 13-year old singer and songwriter, Aidan James and 10-year old DJ, Jojo Flow, as well as a Taiko Drum performance by the Pacific Buddhist Academy. There will also be a balloon artist for the keiki and a beer garden for the adults to enjoy throughout the evening.

Visit the Kamehameha Schools tent and taste the freshness of their lands as they feature produce and food from farmers on their agricultural lands. Take a spin on their prize wheel for a chance to scoop up prizes like tote bags, tumblers and more!

"One of our most-anticipated events, Mo'ili'ili Summer Fest allows the public a unique opportunity to celebrate Obon season while enjoying the many retailers and restaurants that Mo'ili'ili has to offer," said Constanza Asfura-Heim, Kamehameha Schools senior real estate analyst. "It's a great event that brings together the local community, culture, the university, businesses, food and entertainment and is fully funded by donations and sponsorships."

Free parking and shuttles will be available from University of Hawaii at Manoa to the event site. Guests are also encouraged to share photos of their experience on social media using the hashtag #MoililiSummerFest.

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