Okinawan Festival Booths




OPENING CEREMONY PARADE - Don't miss one of the most impressive sights during the Okinawan Festival!  The parade is scheduled for Saturday morning.  Watch as marchers proudly carry colorful banners featuring the names of all 50 HUOA member-clubs.  Paranku (small hand-held drum) players, shishimai (Okinawan lion dance) and chondara (Okinawan clown-like charater) will accompany them through the festival and to the main stage.


MACHI-GWA (COUNTRY STORE) - Bring your reusable shopping bags and fill them with fresh, locally grown vegetables, fruits and other delicious treats to eat! Cool down with a refreshing mason jar of plantation tea. Support local businesses and eat local!


HANAGI MACHI GWA (PLANTS) - Discover a fabulous selection of potted plants and flowers for sale, such as orchids, water lilies, succulents, vegetables, and fruits. Find the perfect addition for your houseplant collection and outdoor garden!


WARABI ASHIBI (CHILDREN AT PLAY) - Children’s Activities include favorite inflatables and games on the exhibit floor.  A Keiki (children under 5) section incorporates interactive activities. Different photo opportunities are available throughout the festival and village floors.

HAWAII OKINAWA PLAZA / OKINAWA VIP BOOTH - The Hawaii Okinawa Plaza is completed and ready for business! Celebrate with us and learn more about this project which helps to secure the financial future of the HUOA. Updates from the HOP committee will be on display and visit with our local and Okinawa partners who helped make this dream come true!


HAWAII BONSAI ASSOCIATION - Carefully sculptured and designed miniature trees and plants displayed by the members of the Bonsai Association are shared at the festival.


OKINAWAN GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY OF HAWAII - OGSH will team up with the Okinawa Prefectural Library to help attendees find their Okinawan roots, visit website to download the request form ahead of time.


ENTERTAINMENT (MAIN STAGE) - Seating for 600 will be provided to watch the local school odori (dance), koto, sanshin, karate students perform on Saturday and Sunday.  Eisa and taiko clubs will also join the line-up along with Okinawan line dancing and special performing artists from Okinawa.






FESTIVAL T-SHIRTS - Add 2018 to your Okinawan Festival t-shirt collection! The 36th Okinawan Festival t-shirt is available in men’s, men’s tank top, women’s and youth sizes. Designs will be posted on the website and Facebook.


CULTURAL ROOM (BUNKWANUSHIMA) - Improve your knowledge of Okinawan culture and find your roots! The Cultural Room features a variety of displays and activities highlighting Okinawan culture, including musical instruments, calligraphy, Shimakutuba (Okinawan language), and kimono and paranku dressing and picture taking (available for a fee). Returning exhibitors include the the University of Hawaii at Manoa Center for Okinawan Studies, and the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii. A new Mini Day Camp center will periodically share activities learned by the children at the summer camp.


HEIWA DOORI - Experience Hawaii’s version of Okinawa’s famous Heiwa Doori (marketplace in Naha). Specialty foods from Okinawa will be on sale, such as konbu (dried kelp), goya-cha (bitter melon), Okinawa soba noodles, andagi mix, shikwasa (Okinawan lemon-lime) juice, kokuto (black sugar candy) and more.


ARTS AND CRAFTS GALLERY (TI JUKUISHINA-MUSHIMUN) - Leisurely explore a wide array of wonderful original arts and crafts by local artisans and crafters.

YUIMAARU - or “Communities supporting one another” is the core part of our community. Learn about the history and legacy of the Hawaii Okinawan community and what makes it so special. Exhibits will tell the stories of the Hawaii Okinawan-owned restaurants, the Battle of Okinawa, Pigs from the Sea, and the Okinawa Prefectural Peace Museum. Storyteller Alton Takiyama Chung will bring to life the stories of the Himeyuri and the Pigs from the Sea. Step back in time to discover the roots of the Hawaii Okinawan community!


OKINAWA NOW!! - Talk story with the Okinawans and members of Hawaii Okinawa Creative Arts and their shisa! Opportunity to get a real sanshin from authentic sanshin shop!


WE ARE HUOA! - Clubs, schools and HUOA events sharing and membership opportunity! Come find out what HUOA does and stands for. HUOA logo and gift shop items will be available as well as selected Okinawan artifacts from local families will be available for sale with proceeds going to specific HUOA programs.


BLUE ZONE OKINAWA - Find the secrets of Okinawan longevity! Windward and Wahiawa communities will share these practices with you!  Blood Pressure screening; bone marrow registry.

- Check in and hospitality room for volunteers.



Okinawan Festival Favorites 

Champuru...Andamisu...Oki Dog...Tumiakuru...Andagi...Ashitibichi.. Be sure to try everything at this year's 36th Okinawan Festival! 





The andagi, or Okinawan doughnut, is an all-around Festival favorite. Basic doughnut ingredients, such as sugar, flour, milk and eggs, are mixed into a batter and deep-fried in hot oil. The hand "dropping" of evenly rounded scoops of batter into the hot oil is a show in itself.  Three andagi per package.



The Okinawan version of the corndog. The andadog is a whole hot dog on a stick that is dipped into andagi batter and deep fried.



If you love Okinawan food, you'll love this healthy plate: Vegetables and agedofu (deep-fried tofu) are mixed together champuru-style, stir-fried and then served with hot rice, delicious shoyu pork, and a pork and miso garnish called andamisu.



A hotdog and chili are wrapped in a soft tortilla with shredded shoyu pork and lettuce.



Okinawan-style soba noodles served in hot soup and garnished with kamaboko (fishcake), shoyu pork, green onions and red ginger.



In Uchinaaguchi (Okinawan language), it's called ashitibichi. Pig's feet and spareribs are cooked in a soup stock and garnished with konbu (seaweed), daikon (radish), togan (squash) and mustard cabbage - and served with hot rice.



Okinawan-style soba noodles stir-fried with vegetables and luncheon meat and a special chef's sauce.



Barbeque chicken prepared local style and served with hot rice and corn, or just chicken in a carry-out bag.



Chili and rice in a bowl. Sold at Oki Dog / Chili booth



Chili and rice plate served with a hot dog.  Sold at Oki Dog / Chili booth



Sushi rolled in nori (seaweed) and sliced for easy eating. sold at the Yakitori, Okinawa Soba and Chicken booths.



Skewered chicken grilled to perfection with a touch of teriyaki sauce. 


Andagi and coffee, a perfect match!  Too hot a day for coffee?  Special for you......Canned Iced Coffee will also be sold at Andagi booth.


(Booth Hours:  Saturday - 9am - 5pm   Sunday - 9am - 4pm)

Saturday Bon Dance  -  Andagi, Andadog, Okinawa soba, & Sushi booths open untill 8pm

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