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Local Religion In Brief

Four-year-old Benjamin Higuchi admires the hanamido, or “flower palace,” adorned with flowers for the baby Buddha, in 2019 when the last in-person Hanamatsuri festival was held at Makawao Hongwanji Mission. Festivities will be online this year. Higuchi family photo

Hanamatsuri will be online

Two Hanamatsuri services featuring a virtual flower festival and the birth of the Buddha will be held online in April.

Makawao Hongwanji Mission will air its festival at 9 a.m. April 4 on Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/MakawaoHongwanji/ while the Central Maui Hanamatsuri Association will present its celebration at 9 a.m. April 11 via YouTube at youtube.com/channel/UCKV4gOdAxfKX9_tjo8lzVBQ.

Hanamatsuri is typically a large in-person gathering with a Buddhist sangha that would attract hundreds. The in-person events were canceled last year and this due to COVID-19.

However, the Central Maui Hanamatsuri Association decided to put the events online for the public to participate.

The Hanamatsuri celebration features the hanamido, or “flower palace,” adorned with flowers and baby Buddha.

During in-person services, children use a ladle filled with sweat tea to “bathe” the baby Buddha with “sweet rain.” In turn, the kupuna enjoy watching the children’s delight and also admire the floral arrangement of the hanamido.

Mayor Michael Victorino is expected to proclaim April 5 to 11 as Hanamatsuri Week.

For more information, contact one of the participating temples: Kahului and Wailuku Jodo Missions; Kahului, Makawao and Wailuku Hongwanji Missions; Puunene Nichiren; Vietnamese Buddhist Temple; and Wailuku Shingon Mission.

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Waipuna Chapel Easter services set

Waipuna Chapel will hold two special services on Easter weekend, April 2 to 4.

A quiet service of remembrance of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for all of mankind is scheduled for 7 p.m. Good Friday. Children’s programming is offered for ages 3 to 12.

Easter Sunday services are set for 8:30 and 10:30 a.m., with music provided by the Waipuna choir, and children’s programming for ages 3 to 12.

Everyone ages 5 and older should wear a mask. Seating is socially distanced, including for two outdoor seating areas.

For details, visit waipunachapel.com or call the church office at 878-6343.

Waipuna Chapel is located at 17 Omaopio Rd in Kula.

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St. Theresa sets Easter schedule

St. Theresa Roman Catholic Church Kihei has set its Holy Week and Easter schedule, beginning with Holy Thursday on April 1 and culminating with Easter Sunday on April 4.

Holy Thursday Mass will commence at 7 p.m.; there will be no morning Mass.

Good Friday will begin with a service at noon, followed by services at 3 and 7 p.m., with no morning Mass.

Saturday is Easter Vigil with a 7:30 p.m. Mass. Confessions will not be held.

Easter Sunday begins with a 7 a.m. Mass in the church and courtyard. Mass will be held at 9 and 11 a.m. in the church and courtyard.

Anyone who is sick, who has been exposed to COVID-19 or who has a health condition continues to be dispensed.

Participants must wear face masks at all times, except upon receiving the Holy Eucharist.

There are a limited number of seats for each Mass. Participants may reserve seats each week for specific Masses online at www.saint-theresa.com or by calling 879-4844 between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

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