faced print is reproduced from the Lahaina Historical
Guide with permission from the publisher. Copyright
1998, Honolulu Publishing
Company, Ltd. All rights reserved.
Free copies of the Lahaina Historical Guide are
available throughout Lahaina Town and the Kā`anapali resorts.
The Shingnon sect of
Buddhism joined the other religious denominations on
Maui with the arrival of Japanese laborers hired to
work on the sugar plantations. Small Buddhist
churches sprang up around the numerous plantation camps.
Sometimes a false "temple front" was added
to an existing building to give it some distinction.
With its simple wooden architectural style
and green paint [subsequently painted white and yellow],
this structure is typical of plantation-era buildings.
During summer, this Buddhist church joins others
in holding Bon Memorial celebrations where members
perform traditional folk dances. A bazaar and
Bon celebration are held somewhere on Maui most summertime
Saturday nights. Visitors are welcome.
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