WHAT: Maui Okinawan Kenjin Kai, along with co-sponsor Maui Mall, present the Maui Okinawan Festival, themed “Chibariyo!” meaning “do your best!”
Continuous Okinawan music and dance performed by homegrown talent from Maui, as well as performers from O‘ahu. Also, performances of Okinawan dance, sanshin music, taiko and iaido. Headlining the day is the dynamic Chinagu Eisa from Honolulu, performing eisa taiko to both traditional and modern music.
Lots of delicious food, including pig’s feet soup, Okinawan plate lunch, chow fun, andagi and, something new and yummy this year — Taco Rice (taco goodies on rice!).
Plus, a craft fair and country store with lots of homemade and home-grown goodies (bring your reuse bags!). Professional photo sessions in traditional Okinawan wear by Nagamine Photo Studio for children and adults, with all proceeds benefiting Maui Okinawa Kenjin Kai. Mahalo to co-chairs Janet Miyahira and Christine Hondo!
WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, Sept. 23, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Maui Mall in Kahului.
COST: Free admission, with charges for food and booths. For more information, call the Maui Okina-
wan Cultural Center at (808) 242-1560.