The Okinawan Festival’s Cultural Tent is a great place to spend several hours of your time at the festival expanding your knowledge of Okinawan culture. The Cultural Tent, which is organized annually by the Hui O Laulima women’s group, will feature an even wider selection of displays and activities this year — and more tent space! Cultural Tent hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Among the new activities this year will be a performance by keiki who participated in the Warabi Ashibi Okinawan Cultural Day Camp this past summer. The youngsters will dance a song they learned in camp using the paranku drum (small, hand-held drum) they also learned to make at camp.

Another favorite activity is the kimono and paranku dressing and picture taking by a professional photographer (for a fee). It’ll make for a great family or children’s photo for your 2017 holiday card.

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