Last night I had a break from my wedding and portrait shooting schedule, so I decided to attend the Obon Festival at the Rinzai Zen Mission in Paia. The Obon is an homage to ancestors that have passed on with dances and festivals across Maui that are held throughout the summer. The festival was incredibly colorful, and lively. Old friends getting together to talk story, while children were mesmerized by the beat of the drums, and the dancing dragons. Even the palm trees seemed to sway to the beat as I left the festival and headed home.