Obon honors life and opportunities
The Rev. Koji Ezaki will preside over Haleiwa Jodo Mission's "toro nagashi" ceremony at 9 p.m. today at Alii Beach Park where more than 1,000 lanterns will be released after a bon dance. Buddhist temples statewide are celebrating the obon season, which traditionally begins in July or August, to honor the spirits of ancestors. The Haleiwa mission has been floating lanterns for more than 50 years. About 3,000 people are expected to attend the event.