But whenever I go to the annual Okinawan Festival at Kapiolani Park, I feel the uchinanchu spirit come over me.’
And it’s usually at the food booths.
Okinawans know how to eat. And this year’s offerings proved it, with a lineup that included shoyu pork, yakisoba, sōki soba (ソーキそば) and, of course, andagi. More than 100,000 of them.
This year, though, there were a couple of new items: taco rice — a popular Okinawan dish that combines rice with taco-seasoned beef, shredded lettuce, cheese and salsa — and fundagi — a combination of andagi with funnel cakes.
There’s so much to do — and eat — it’s no wonder the festival is held over two days.
Here’s what the first day of this year’s festival looked like:
Welcome to the Okinawan Festival
The 29th annual Okinawan Festival will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Kapiolani Park.