We walked to Kapiolani Park on Saturday afternoon to catch a piece of the Okinawan Festival action. This is a big festival that goes on every year for the past 25 years and this is the first time I have ever went... in my life! (Wow!) The picture above shows the crowd. This is just the before the scheduled 6pm "Largest Bon Dance in Hawaii". As you can see, it is quite a large crowd. If you weren't here on Saturday, maybe you were in the other crowd at Aloha Stadium for the 1st U.H. football game of this season.
The festival's entertainment and access is free to the public. There are fundraising booths through out the field that accept scrips or cash for hand crafted products, Okinawan artwork, food and beverages. I purchased $10 of scrips and that was enough to get a yakisoba plate, bottled water and a bunch of andagi. I didn't take any pictures of that stuff, but the andagi was very good. Andagi is an Okinawan donut and one of their most popular traditional foods here in Hawaii. I Googled andagi (<--click for results) and came across this website (<--click) devoted to andagi. The schedules had the food boothes closing at 6pm on Saturday but it turned out most of them stayed open to bring in as much fundraising money as they could.
We took a look at the bonsai exhibit. Bonsai is "...the art of aesthetic miniaturization of trees by growing them in containers..." according to Wikipedia's definition. <--click for extensive Wikipedia definition.
This was interesting to look at because just last week, Kelli and I enrolled in a "Art of Bonsai" class to take place from 9/18-11/6 every Tuesday evening. It's $95 including 1 plant and being held at Windward Community College. I called their office at (808)235-7433 to enroll. I'll keep you all posted on how these classes turn out. =)