Annual New Year’s Ohana Festival held in Moiliili

The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii celebrated the start of 2017 with its 24th annual New Year’s Ohana Festival Sunday.

The family festival was held in at the center on S. Beretania Street, as well as on the grounds of Moiliili Field across the street.

Guests enjoyed mochi pounding, crafts, and food, like okonomiyaki, shave ice, andagi, and KC Waffle Dog.

“The festival is great. We’re having great weather today, so nice and sunny,” said KC Waffle Dog owner Dayton Asato. “People are coming out and enjoying food and culture, and a lot of families, so it’s really fun.”

There were also live performances and entertainment by the Royal Hawaiian Band, Taiko Center of the Pacific, and the opening ceremony for the 65th Cherry Blossom Festival.

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