Okinawan Festival Returning to Kapi‘olani Park Labor Day Weekend

After cancelling last year’s Okinawan Festival just days before the signature summer event was set to open, citing safety concerns over an approaching hurricane, the Hawaii United Okinawa Association’s 2,000-plus volunteers will be out in force “Sharing Uchinanchu Aloha” during Labor Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 2 and 3, at Kapi‘olani Park. The Festival promises to be a weekend full of delicious food; great cultural entertainment, highlighted this year by a special performance by songbird Rimi Natsukawa from Okinawa; an expanded Cultural Tent; and lots of fun and fellowship for people of all ages. The festival promises to live up to its selection as “Hawaii’s Best Ethnic/Cultural Festival” in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Hawaii’s Best People’s Choice Awards in 2015 and 2016.

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