Okinawa and Hawaii have a deep connection that goes back many generations. Celebrate this unique blend of culture during a longtime Honolulu tradition filled with food, music, and family fun. The 30th Annual Okinawan Festival is coming to Kapiolani Park in Waikiki Beach during Labor Day Weekend on September 3rd and 4th. Don't miss out on the rare chance to experience this vibrant community that calls Hawaii home.
Throughout this two-day festival, you can see live entertainment straight from Japan including world-famous Taiko drumming groups and contemporary dance troupes performing Okinawan line dancing. Of course, every culture loves food, and you can sample a delicious array of Okinawan-style cuisines such as Yaki Soba noodles, ChickeYakitoriia, a Champuru Plate with vegetable and deep-fried tofu, or a Chili Frank Plate with homemade chili and a hot dog.
Local organizations like the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, Hawaii Bonsai Association, and Okinawan Genealogical Society will be on hand at the Cultural Tent. Your kids will love the exciting games and fun arts and crafts projects. For a small fee, children can dress up in traditional costumes and snap a souvenir photo to take home.
Kapiolani Regional Park is easy to get to from our Waikiki Beach hotel. You can drive there in just five minutes or stroll down famous Kalakaua Avenue and walk to this beautiful park in less than 15 minutes.