Taco rice, taiko, calligraphy and the biggest bon dance of the summer.
Oh, and we did mention 100,000 andagi?
These were some of the highlights at this year’s 29th annual Okinawan Festival at Kapiolani Park.
What started as a one-day cultural event at McCoy Pavilion at Ala Moana Beach Park has become a two-day festival that attracts more than 50,000 people and involves more than 2,000 volunteers at Waikiki’s largest park.
And every year the festival adds something new. This year there’s taco rice — a popular Okinawan dish that combines rice with taco-seasoned beef, shredded lettuce, cheese and salsa — and fundagi — a combination of andagi (Okinawan donut) with funnel cakes.
There’s so much to do — and eat — it’s no wonder the festival is held over two days.
Here’s what the first day of this year’s festival looked like:
The 29th annual Okinawan Festival will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Kapiolani Park.