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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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