Children playing taiko drums at a New Year's Ohana Festival

WHO/WHAT: The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i celebrates the “Year of the Rat” with its annual New Year’s ‘Ohana Festival, the state’s largest festival celebrating Japanese New Year’s traditions. Enjoy delicious food and a wide variety of crafts, entertainment, children’s games, cultural activities and more.

Among the festivities will be the opening ceremony of the 68th Cherry Blossom Festival. It will take place from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on the Teruya Courtyard stage. There will be a taiko performance and traditional blessing, followed by the introduction of this year’s 15 queen contestants.

WHEN/WHERE: Sunday, Jan. 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at JCCH and Mo‘ili‘ili Field. For more information, visit, or call 945-7633.


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