For Monday, June 6, 2011
POSTED: 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 6, 2011
It's time to go bon dancing
Whatever it may mean to an observant Buddhist, obon means one thing to almost every Hawaii kamaaina: summer.
That's because, whereas Memorial Day is just one day throughout the U.S., obon is truly a season. Bon dances and all the attendant rituals and festivities run for months. On Friday the Star-Advertiser's calendar of obon events has activities slated statewide until the end of August.
And it's got a broader geographical reach than people may realize. Wherever there's a Japanese community, from Argentina to Malaysia, there are bon dances.
It's hard to imagine a Toro Nagashi, the famed floating lantern ceremony, as pretty as ours, though.
Colt's bucking again in football
Barely seven months after suffering injuries in a two-car crash on the Big Island, former University of Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan is returning to professional football.
Brennan has signed a contract with the Hartford Colonials for this year's United Football League season. The signing reunites him with wide receiver Ryan Grice-Mullen, his former teammate at UH who signed with the Colonials four weeks ago.
Playing in the UFL "has done a lot of things to help a lot of players get back to the NFL," Brennan said. "That's my ultimate goal."
Hawaii fans of the UFL now have even more incentive to catch the games.