The Okinawan Festival, one of Hawaii's largest, is going virtual this year with a jam-packed weekend of Zoom events. There's one guarantee when you tune in to the drumming, virtual bon dance, cooking demos and performances by ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro and your favorite Okinan troupes: You're going to get hungry.
There's no reason to miss out on festival favorites like andagi (130,000 were fried up at last year's festival), shoyu pork and Okinawan soba. Here's a guide to where to order your favorite foods for takeout, plus a list I've compiled of Okinawan-owned restaurants that are open for takeout (if you know of any I missed, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Here's the festival schedule so you can plan your takeout runs. Virtual events start on Zoom on Friday, Sept. 4 and run through Sunday, Sept. 6.
Ige's Lunchwagon & Catering, Aiea
Plain andagi (3 pieces for $1)
Call 486-8728 to pre-order, pickup Tuesday through Saturday
Utage Restaurant, Kalihi
Plain andagi (5 pieces for $5) and mochi andagi ($.80 apiece)
Call 843-8109 to pre-order, pickup on Friday
Teruya’s Andagi, Makiki
Andagi ($1 each) and sweet potato mochi ($.80 each)
Call 389-1714 to pre-order, pickup on Friday or Saturday
Da Andagi Guy
Don Quijote Waipahu parking on Sundays 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Tuesdays 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Don Quijote Kaheka parking lot on Wednesdays 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Masa & Joyce Okazuya, Kaneohe
Plain andagi (40 cents apiece or 3 for $1)
Fri-Sat 6 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Mon Wed Thu 6 a.m.-2 p.m.
See also: Eating Okinawan: Hide-Chan
Pigs feet soup, spare rib (soki) soup, Okinawa soba, Okinawan shoyu pork - each limited to 30 dishes per day
See also: Eating Okinawan: Sunrise Restaurant
See also: Eating Okinawan: Utage
Hank’s Haute Dogs
Henry Loui’s Restaurant
Ige’s Lunchwagon & Catering
Kam Bowl Restaurant
KC Waffle Dog in Hawaii’s Favorite Kitchens
Kin Wah Chop Suey
Masa & Joyce Okazuya
Morio’s Sushi Bistro
Mr. Ojisan Restaurant
Pagoda Floating Restaurant & Catering
Popeye’s Hawaii (multiple locations)
Rainbow Drive-In (Okinawan Festival sponsor)
Sun Noodle (Okinawan Festival sponsor)
Tatsuo’s (closed until Sept. 8)
W&M Bar B-Q Burger
Zippys (Okinawan Festival sponsor)
“Shoyu Care” shoyu pork plate available Sept. 1 - 7
Note: Hours and information are constantly changing, so please call or check their social media for the latest information.