The Japanese Community Association of Hawaii, based in Hilo, will hold its ninth biennial Kodomo no Matsuri — Children’s Day Festival on Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin Sangha Hall. In Japan, May 5 has been designated as “Kodomo no Hi,“ a day to honor all children.

The theme for this year’s JCAH festival is “Kokoro — Heart, Mind, Spirit.” Admission to the festival is free and commemorative Kodomo no Matsuri hachimaki (headbands) will be given to the first 150 children.

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