Kaua‘i Buddhists Join World In Hanamatsuri Celebration

April 6, 2009

Author: Dennis Fujimoto

Source: The Garden Island


Several hundred people on Kaua‘i took time out to celebrate Hanamatsuri on Sunday at the Kaua‘i Veterans Center in Lihu‘e.

These people of the Buddhist faith joined the millions around the world who celebrate the birth of Buddha some 2,500 years ago in a garden in India.

Buddhism is one of the world’s major religions and the Buddhist way of life of peace, loving kindness and wisdom is evident today on Kaua‘i and throughout the state, a mayoral proclamation states.

In Hawai‘i, Hanamatsuri, generally observed April 8, was officially recognized as Buddha Day by the state Legislature in 1963.