Okinawan Festival Booths




Explore the array of wonderful original arts and crafts by local artisans and crafters.




Want to up your Uchinaanchu quotient? Need to know when your Ojii-san immigrated to Hawaii? Have a desire to wear a hanagasa? Want to learn about the Okinawan culture, language, foods, dance and more? Then you should definitely visit the Cultural Tent at the Okinawan Festival.


 The women of Hui O Laulima will be again hosting the Cultural Tent which will be featuring Udui (odori), Okinawan dance. Local cultural practitioners will be demonstrating the art of udui at scheduled times. Visitors can learn the different dance movements and their meanings. Festival-goers can also get dressed in traditional kimono and paranku costumes to have a studio quality photograph taken. This has become a yearly tradition of many families.


 Other organizations will have exhibition booths and will be glad to share their knowledge and skills to interested visitors. (There may be related fees for some activities.)


 Here are the booths that you will find at the Cultural Tent:

University of Hawaii Center for Okinawan Studies (COS)
• Information on the Manoa International Exchange (MIX) study abroad program with emphasis at the University of the Ryukyus
• book sales of ‘Breaking Silence’, ‘From Okinawa to the Americas’ and ‘Okinawa-English Workbook’

Okinawan Genealogical Society of Hawaii (OGSH)
• Offers database search on early Okinawan immigrants to Hawaii
• Bookmarks with common surnames in Ryukyuan, Okinawan, and Japanese

Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii (JCCH)
• Make your own hachimaki (headband)
• Information on JCCH programs

Calligraphy by Nihon Shuji (Japan Calligraphy Education Foundation) and HUOA Shimakutuba/Uchinaaguchi
• novelty items with Okinawan language phrases
• information on Uchinaaguchi class at Hawaii Okinawan Center

Hawaii Bonsai Association
• display/sale of bonsai plants
• plant care advice

Hui O Laulima
• kimono and paranku dressing for photo shoots
• cultural artifacts display – udui accessories and implements
• sales of Chimugukuru - cultural cookbook

Mensooree! The Cultural Tent will be open from 9:00am – 6:00 pm on Saturday and from 9:00am – 4:00pm on Sunday. Come and immerse yourself in Okinawan culture. It will make you proud to be Uchinaanchu or Uchinaanchu-at-heart



Experience Hawaii’s version of Naha, Okinawa’s famous Heiwa Doori.  Speciality foods from Okinawa such as:  konbu, goya cha, Okinawa soba, andagi mix, shikwasa, kokuto(black sugar candy)and more




You can find fresh vegetables such as Okinawan sweet potato, goya (bittermelon), eggplant and assorted desserts – Okinawa sweet potato manju, brownies, cookies, chips & kettle corn.  Look for Aloha Tofu specialties:  assorted flavors of Tofu Mousse, Tofu Poke, Yushi Dofu, Yaki Bites.  Try the refreshing Plantation Ice Tea – ono! Also check out the special sale of previous years’ festival t shirts. 



Discover a wonderful selection of potted plants and flowers!



Fun games and prizes – try your luck at Andagi Dunk…who knows, you may get to dunk our HUOA President, Mark Higa! Inflatables and some new

games will be introduced this year.



33rd Okinawan Festival T-Shirts available in men’s, men’s tank top, women’s and youth sizes. 

Information & Manpower booth


Pick up your Uchinanchu Newsletter – festival entertainment schedule, festival site map, booth information, etc.

Shuttle Bus Ticket - $3 return tickets to KCC. Also available at the Shuttle Stop Booth at Kapiolani Park.

Okinawan Festival Pin - $5.00  and receive coupon for FREE shuttle ride, $2.00 off a Festival t-shirt and much more! 

2014 HUOA Bon Dance Towels - $5.00 each

2013 HUOA Uchinanchu Pictorial Book - $10.00 each

HOT DVDs shown on Olelo - Special Festival Price $10.00 for 1 and $5.00 for any second DVD.



Capital Campaign & HISTORY Tent

Look for our orange "Yuimaaru" banners to spot the CapCam Tent!

Learn about exciting developments on the Hawaii Okinawa Plaza, which broke ground last month.

Culture is not limited to food, music and the arts, it also includes history. Marking the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII, we will have an exhibit on the Battle of Okinawa, as well as guest speakers.

Special classes on "How fo be mo Okinawan." Learn how to talk like an Okinawan with Uchinaaguchi lessons, how to whistle like an Okinawan, how to dance like an Okinawan, and how to sing like an Okinawan! Check schedule on our FB page (

Social Media/Photo Op Spot. Stop by this happening tent to take photos with our popular "Polaroid" frames. Look for additional special props and guests as well!



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.



A healthy dish of chicken, mushroom, daikon (turnip), carrots and konbu (seaweed) slowly braised and simmered in dashi, served with brown or wihite rice.  Sold in Chicked Booth.



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 Chicken Plate booth, Okinawa Soba booth and Country Store.



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, Yakitori & Sushi booths open untill 8pm

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