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The Obon season begins in Plantation Village in Hawaii

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The Obon season kicked off Saturday with the 34th annual Obon Celebration at Hawaii’s Plantation Village in Waipahu. Obon is an ancient Buddhist festival to honor the spirits of past loved ones through dance and music.

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Karaoke singing champion and entertainer Tevita Apina, who is professionally known as Hikariyama Torao, performed on Saturday,

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The six-hour event was organized by Hikariyama Torao and included taiko, a blessing by Rev. Jeffrey Soga, food and dancing.

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Dancing with the audience is 3-year-old Keiden Kotaka.

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Dancing on Saturday is Caitlyn Akamine-Lii from Hawaii Shin Kobukai.

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Pictured is a detail of a dancer from Hawaii Shin Kobukai.

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Nolan Miyahara of Ryugen Taiko held his hands in prayer as the Rev. Jeffrey Soga led a blessing.

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Sharon Isa, Lynette Hanaoka and Keith Miyashiro from Hawaii Shin Kobukai dance.

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Drumming on Saturday is Nolan Miyara of Rygen Taiko.