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Thousands seek New Year’s blessings at 115-year-old Shinto temple in Nuuanu

  • Dennis Oda

    Thousands visited the Daijingu Temple in Nuuanu to receive blessings for the new year.

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    Thousands visited the Daijingu Temple of Hawaii on Tuesday for its New Year’s Day observance. From left, Mari Miyabe with her dog Chika, grandmother Terry Horikawa, Vance Miyabe and his wife Kay.

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    Curtis and Alex Ishikawa watched their children Melika, 3, and Mahina, 6, ring the bells at Daijingu Temple of Hawaii.

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    Stacy Sunada, daughter Mari, 3, and husband Evan Wharton were among the many visitors at Daijingu Temple of Hawaii.

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    Kevin Kamita blessed Mark Atta, his wife Danielle Atta and 3-month-old daughter Ava.

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    Wilma Muneoka held her pet Ellie while Sean Kimizuka performed a blessing. Clinton Leong, Muneoka’s husband, with his dog Bunni, waited behind her for their turn.

About 4,000 people were expected to stop by the 115-year-old Shinto temple between New Year’s Eve evening and mid-afternoon New Year’s Day to receive a traditional Shinto blessing from the Rev. Akihiro Okada and other designated priests and priestesses. Read more

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