Today, we attended the opening day of the 31st-Okinawan Festival, held this weekend at Kapiolani Park. We visited the website and it looked like it would be quite an event. It turned out to be even bigger and better than we imagined. It was announced that three hundred residents of Okinawa traveled here, specifically to attend the festival. Hawaii's governor welcomed the visitors, too.
A large part of the huge park was covered with tents. Tents for all manner of Okinawan foods, as well as, at least two dedicated to Okinawan products and services. There was a huge play area for children and one tent filled with the history of the Okinawan people in the Hawaiian Islands. Another tent held a wonderful Bonsai display. Something for everyone.
The raised stage was continually busy with Okinawan dance troupes, musicians, Taiko drummers and singers. We were amazed at the huge crowd today. We ate well, learned a lot about Okinawan culture and thoroughly enjoyed the day. Here are some photos from the festival.
It was another great day in Paradise. I hope your day was a good one, also.