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Party pics: The 12th annual Awamori Festival

This year’s “Cultural Fusion” themed event featured a range of Asian spirits

Posted December 13, 2013 by Melissa Chang

The 12th Annual Awamori Festival — now themed “Cultural Fusion” to include a variety of ethnic spirits in Hawaii — was held at the Harbor View Center last night. Since awamori is a special Okinawan rice-based liquor, attendees were encouraged to wear purple (the unofficial color of Okinawan) and participate in katcha ashi, a kind of Okinawan dance. The highlight of the entertainment, in fact, was a freestyle katcha ashi contest.

The food, as previewed by Nonstop, was created by Executive Chef Raymond Locquiao. Sake and shochu not available in Hawaii were available for sampling and orders; Chef Alan Wong and Lotus Spirits showcased their special awamori. Proceeds from the event also benefited Tamagusuku Ryu Senjukai, an Okinawan dance academy.

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About Melissa Chang

Melissa has been blogging regularly since 2007 and has more than 25 years’ experience in marketing and public relations. She is currently an independent marketing consultant, specializing in social media. 

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