“This was the first time in its 34-year history that the Okinawan Festival at Kapiolani Park had to be cancelled, but it was something we had to do at the time. It was a difficult decision to make, knowing how popular this event is and how much work our volunteers put into making the Festival a success,” said Vince Watabu, festival chair.
On Friday, a mini Okinawan Cultural Fair will take place near Honolulu Hale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This fair will include cultural displays, merchandise, andagi and more.
On Saturday, there will be an Okinawan Festival t-shirt sale and craft fair at the Hawaii Okinawa Center at 9 a.m. The country store and craft vendors will be selling items until 1 p.m., but t-shirts will be sold until 6 p.m.
The Autumn Matsuri will also include the final bon dance of the season from 5 to 9:30 p.m.
Okinawan Festival Month also means all Don Quijote stores will be selling specialty products from Okinawa. In addition, Zippy’s will serve up Zip Dogs – based on the Okinawan Festival Oki Dog – and shoyu pork.