Musubi lovers and more head to Ward Centers for Rice Fest

Musubi lovers and more head to Ward Centers for Rice Fest

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Rice lovers headed to Ward Centers in droves on Saturday for a day food, fun and a world record attempt at the third annual Rice Fest.

Event goers got a chance to be a part of history, as participants tried to build the world's largest spam musubi. The current record was set last year at the same event, with a 286 pound musubi made with 320 cups of rice, 26 cans of spam, and more than 120 sheets of nori.

"Getting our name in the global record books last year was a pretty exciting thing, and we're going to surpass our own record [on Saturday]," said Ed Sugimoto, the founder and organizer of Rice Fest.

No word yet on if the record was reached.

In addition to the musubi record attempt, attendees were treated to live entertainment by Jody Kamisato and Ukulele Hale, Taiko Drumming by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko, and professional chef demonstrations.

Vendors say the festival allows consumers to taste new types of rice.

"What makes Japanese rice so special is the quality of water, and Japanese climate, which is very suitable for growing rice," said Sonoko Sakai, program curator of Common Grains. "The Japanese people can make a whole meal out of rice, because it is so tasty."

Event organizers also accepted rice donations for Lanakila Pacific's "Meals on Wheels" non-profit volunteer program.

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