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Sunday’s Ohana Fest: What to eat, see, do

Okonomiyaki! Mochi pounding! Kikaida! A guide to getting your J on when everything in sight is Japanese

Posted January 10, 2013 by Mari Taketa

Are you going to Sunday’s Ohana Festival in Moiliili? After missing it last year, and then flagellating ourselves over all your Instagrams, Twitpics and Facebook pics of the glorious eats and more, we are so there.

This year we’re primed. To make sure we miss none of it, we went to the organizers and got all the highlights. Look for us by the food booths. We’ll be nibbling (i.e. stuffing our face) in between Instagramming, tweeting and Facebooking.

What: 20th Annual New Year’s Ohana Festival
When: Sunday, Jan. 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Japanese Cultural Center, 2454 S. Beretania St., and across Beretania at Moiliili Field
Admission: Free
Parking: Free at University of Hawaii parking structure until 1 p.m., with free shuttles to Ohana Fest


JCCH Bake Sale – baked goods
Pavaraga Coffee – coffee, iced teas, cappuccino, mocha, lattes, blended drinks
KC Waffle Dogs – waffle dogs
Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce – Goteborg musubis
Erin’s Shave Ice & Cotton Candy Company
Blazin Steaks & Hawaiian Roast Corn
– Roast corn, steak plate, fried noodle steak plate, BBQ chicken plate, kalbi plate, garlic shrimp plate, grilled mushrooms and onions
Marian’s Catering – Spam musubi, chow mein noodles, teriyaki beef bowl, teriyaki chicken bowl, fish donburi bowl, mini blueberry cream cheese scouffin, chili dog bowl
Yamaguchi Kenjin Kai – Iwakuni sushi, tsukemono
Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii – andagi, andagi hot dog, calendars
Honolulu Fukushima Kenjin Kai – bento, chi chi bites (mochi), shrimp tempura roll, sushi natto roll, keiki bento
Ohia Productions – fruit smoothies
Yamanashi Kyoyu Kai – grilled mochi with nori, maki/inari sushi, curry rice
Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai – okonomiyaki, tofu mousse, oboro tofu
Hokulani School – Frito pies (chili over fritos, with onions and cheese), coke float, root beer float
Fukuoka Kenjin Kai – huli-huli chicken plate, yakitori sticks, musubi with nori and/or furikake or ume
Elena’s Filipino Food truck
Simply Ono’s food truck


Full day of live performances run nonstop at both Japanese Cultural Center and Moiliili Field. Look for Japanese and Okinawan dance, koto, kendo, the Royal Hawaiian Band and

Taiko drums: 9:10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (Moiliili Field) and 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (Japanese Cultural Center)
Mochi pounding: 10:30 a.m., 12 noon, 1:30 p.m. (Moiliili Field)
Kikaida and Friends: 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. (Japanese Cultural Center)



Keiki can make and take hachimaki headbands, origami sumo, Ninja Turtle masks and visors, spiral snakes, more
Keiki games: kingyo goldfish sukui, daruma toss, balloon yoyo catch, magnet fishing, more
You can: Get dressed in kimono, take pics with Hello Kitty, shop at the White Elephant Sale (Japanese Cultural Center) or craft booths, buy bonsai, learn to brush-paint your name, buy omamori good luck charms from Shinto temple booths, more

All photos courtesy of Stephen C.


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About Mari Taketa

Mari Taketa is a dedicated eater who's as opinionated as she is hungry. She covered everything from neighborhood mom-and-pop places to ethnic eateries to fine dining restaurants on Honolulu's dining scene for Metromix Honolulu and The Honolulu Advertiser's TGIF. Before that, she ate her way through Vietnam, Scotland and Japan, where she lived, traveled or worked, after recovering from a journalism career that included stints as editor-in-chief of Hawaii Business magazine and reporter and editor at The Associated Press. Her goals are to always be hungry for more, and to always want to know what's around the next corner.

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