Honolulu Events | Okinawan Festival
The Okinawan Festival is an annual Honolulu Event that is popular with both locals and visitors.
If you want to experience one of the best cultural experiences in Hawaii then this Honolulu Event is for you. Attendees can participate in the Okinawan cultural dances, taste ethnic foods, watch an Okinawan drumming band, and much more.
About the Okinawan Festival:
The Okinawan Festival is presented yearly and gives a great overview of the Japanese influence in the Hawaiian Islands. The Honolulu Events features many activities and performances; all designed to honor and explore the Japanese culture.
The Kapiolani Park Bandstand will be the setting for continuous live performances featuring cultural dancing, line dancing, drumming, and some of the best contemporary music. You can learn the traditional Udui (odori) Okinawan dance and learn the meanings of the movements. Enjoy the rhythm of Okinawan drumming, and attend the Bon Dance.
History buffs will appreciate the chance to see the genealogy of those that came to the Islands in the early 1800’s. Attendees can also learn about the Uchinaaguchi language, see the beauty of the Okinawan ceramics and textiles, and learn about the practice of the bonsai. The Bonsai exhibit has some of the most amazing bonsai specimens you’ll ever see. You can also attend a care seminar with a history lesson of the Bonsai and a selection of Bonsai available for purchase.
The Okinawan cultural tent features a bingata kimono complete with a hanagasa headdress that is available to wear for a picture. This Activity will appeal to the older children and the pictures will be a souvenir of this fun Honolulu Event. For the kids there is a craft area as well as an inflatable game area that the children will love.
The food at the Okinawan Festival is amazing. You can even take some of this delicious offerings home. Visit the Machi-Gwa country store for fresh fruits and vegetables, or stop in at the Heiwa Dori and sample some specialty Okinawa delights such as black sugar candy, Shikwasa lemon-lime juice, or the konhu tea.
Don’t miss the chance to learn about Japanese culture and that culture’s influence on the Hawaiian Islands; add the Okinawan Festival to your list of can’t-miss Oahu Events during your September visit.