Did this: Okinawan Festival 2011

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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:

Okinawan Festival

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— Photo by Catherine Toth

The 29th annual Okinawan Festival will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Kapiolani Park.

7 comments
Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

Much thanks to Shari, Cyrus, and George for the backstage tour. I shot video but (as usual) fell asleep and couldn't post before the end of the festival. No matter; this is good footage for NEXT year! I'll keep the segments separate on Youtube but we can use them as B-roll.

I loved the taco rice and the pig's feet soup (after it cooled, of course!). Tip ~ If you buy the soup early—like 9 or 10—got plenty big chunks of everything: potato, pig, turnip....everything.

augusto_photo
augusto_photo

I think I'm Andagi'd out for the rest of the year. Nice pics! Heart shape in the Andagi fry bath in #30, and you caught me taking pictures in #39.

Cat
Cat

Thanks to Sean Nakamura for the great photos, too!

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

i'm officially in love w/ the champuru plate and the amazing rich andasu miso that slathers so well on rice, shoyu pork and champuru. i also like taco rice better than regular american-style hard-shell tacos. thnku shari and cyrus and george for the sampling of those and so much more, and to huoa for not running out of food.

DianeSeo
DianeSeo

Cat says she had a dozen andagi today. Crazy eating, but now that I see the pics, I see why.

seanakamura
seanakamura

@Cat Thanks! Had loads of fun at the Okinawan Festival! Wish I had got more andadogs!

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

@DianeSeo I also got about a dozen andagi (in the heat of the moment) but didn't eat them because I've had about 4 andadogs this week. I froze them and am hoping to revive them....if anyone wants, please ping me!

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