HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - After Hurricane Lester forced the cancellation of the highly anticipated Okinawan Festival in early September, organizers will instead celebrate through Okinawan Festival Month starting Friday.
"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.