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Okinawan Festival

Celebrating Japan's southernmost prefecture for more than 30 years, Waikiki's Okinawan Festival has been bringing together people from all ethnicities and walks of life to honor the Uchinanchu (Okinawan) culture in Hawai‘i. From local Okinawan favorites like the Anda Pop (because very few things in life are as good as andagi - a deep fried dessert - on a stick dipped in chocolate) to getting up close and personal with the Okinawan dragon dog -- this festival offers something for everyone.

If you attended the Okinawan Festival years ago you may remember it at Ala Moana Park's McCoy Pavilion and Kapi‘olani Park in Waikiki, but this year it is taking place at the Hawaii Convention Center to accommodate the more than 50,000 guests it attracts annually.

If you can, make plans to check out the Okinawan Festival Bon Dance which is traditionally held on Saturday night, and allows participants of all ages and ability levels to get their bon dance on. In between sets grab a fundagi (or two) for the fam. The Okinawan-style funnel cake, lightly dusted in sugar is only available during the Saturday bon dance and will have you doing a special fundagi-inspired jig.

To get all the latest and greatest details on this year's Okinawan Festival, visit http://www.okinawanfestival.com/.

 

Know Before You Go

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Pop on over to the Anda Pop tent for some of the popular Okinawan deep-fried chocolate dessert.

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Throw a mat or towel in your beach bag so you can leisurely much on your favorite Uchinanchu (Okinawan) dishes.

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So you think you can dance? Save your Saturday night for the Okinawan Festival Bon Dance.

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