The Hui O Laulima women’s group is once again organizing the festival’s Cultural Tent, with Tina Kaneshiro and Laura Ajimine serving as co-chairs. The group selected “Shīsā” as the theme for this year’s Cultural Tent activities.

Hui O Laulima is partnering with Hawaii Okinawa Creative Arts to raise awareness about the significance of the Okinawan lion dogs. They plan to do this by having a shïsä greet visitors as they enter the Cultural Tent. HOCA, which is led by brothers-in-law and shïsä partners Jon Itomura and Eric Nitta, are also setting up a shïsä display and showing a video on the significance of the shïsä in Okinawan culture.

Returning exhibitors will include:

  • Okinawan artifacts.
  • Uchinaaguchi Okinawan language display.
  • “Chimugukuru: The Soul, The Spirit, The Heart,” Hui O Laulima’s cultural cookbook will be available for sale for $27, or gift-wrapped in an apron for $35. Proceeds benefit Hui O Laulima’s cultural programs.
  • Center for Okinawan Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Mänoa. The Center for Okinawan Studies will be selling the just-published “Social Process in Hawai‘i” volume, “Breaking the Silence,” on the World War II Honouliuli internment and prisoner of war camp, which includes a chapter on Okinawan internees and POWs who were imprisoned at Honouliuli. COS will also be selling the “Okinawan-English Wordbook.”
  • Okinawan Genealogical Society of Hawaii.
  • Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i.
  • Ikenobo Ikebana arrangements by Nobuko Kida-Sensei.
  • Hawaii Bonsai Association.
  • Hands-on calligraphy; and displays and activities.

A small fee may be charged for materials for some activities.

  • Ryukyuan kimono and Paranku dressing and picture-taking will be available on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and again from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Professional photographer David Shimabukuro from One Moment in Time Photography will be on-site to take the pictures. There will be a charge for the pictures.


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