Buddha Day in Kona

  • Rev. Jiko Nakade offers sweet tea on baby Buddha at the Buddha Day Service at Kona Hongwanji Mission in Kealakekua.
  • Taishoji Soto Mission from Hilo performs at the Buddha Day Service March 10 at Kona Hongwanji Mission in Kealakekua.
  • Young Buddhist Association members Mako Yamamoto, Manami Alspach and Riki Furuto stand with the hanamido, altar that holds baby Buddha they created for the Buddha Day Service on Sunday at Kona Hongwanji Mission in Kealakekua. (Courtesy photo)

KEALAKEKUA — The Hawaii Association of International Buddhists sponsored Buddha Day with a Sunday service at Kona Hongwanji Mission.

A legend tells that a dragon came from heaven at the time of the birth of the Buddha and poured scented water on the infant.

Nowadays, the infant Buddha is placed in a flower shrine, or Hanamido, and sweet tea is poured instead of scented water as a blessing.

Buddhists from around the island joined in the celebration.

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