By Diane Ako
KAPIOLANI PARK (KHNL) - Easter wasn't the only celebration that took place on the island today. Some Buddhists also celebrated the birth of their religion's founder in a Buddha Day celebration at Kapiolani Park.
Local Buddhists from Japanese Buddhist temples gathered at Kapiolani Bandstand for the the Hanamatsuri festival. Attendees got to enjoy a puppet show on the birth of Buddha by Pacific Buddhist Academy students, traditional Buddhist displays, a bon dance, and a concert put on by the Little Buddhas.
Hawaii's Japanese sects traditionally celebrate the birth of the Shakyamuni Buddha in April. Other branches of Buddhism celebrate the tradition in May.