The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i’s 25th Annual New Year’s ‘Ohana Festival

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - As part of its New Year's tradition, the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i (JCCH) will celebrate 2018 with the 25th Annual New Year's 'Ohana Festival. The festival will also be the official kick-off event for the commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants to Hawai'i.

This fun-filled event will feature food, crafts, entertainment and cultural demonstrations. This year the festival will feature more than a dozen food vendors including favorites such as okonomiyaki, KC Waffle Dog, shave ice, and andagi to name a few. There will also be dozens of craft vendors, games for children, kimono dressing, mochi pounding, and martial arts demonstrations. There will be a packed schedule of entertainment including performances by the Royal Hawaiian Band and Taiko Center of the Pacific! The New Year's 'Ohana Festival will be a great way for the community to come together and celebrate the Year of the Dog in 2018! You won't want to miss this annual tradition as we mark 25 years of celebrating the New Year and commemorating 150 years of the Japanese in Hawai'i.

Admission into the festival is free. There are fees for food and certain activities. Free parking is available at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa parking structure on Dole Street with complimentary shuttle service to and from the festival.

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