When I heard that the reverend at the Moiliili Hongwanji Mission makes his own manju, I had to meet him.
Turns out, there’s a lot more to Rev. Earl Ikeda than manju!
His family owned Hilo Macaroni Factory, famous for its creme crackers. And he can also make candy confections and plays the shamisen.
But that’s not the only reason you should check out the bon dance here.
The hongwanji partnered with various community groups and organizations to hold the annual Moiliili Summer Fest on Saturday, July 6. In addition to the traditional bon dance, the event will boast food trucks, retailers, keiki activities and live entertainment.
And maybe, if the manju isn’t sold out from the night before, some of the reverend’s famous treats.
Learn more here:
Moiliili Summer Fest, 5-10:30 p.m. Saturday, July 6, 1100 University Ave.