Join us for "Tanabata Time" on Saturday, July 8

The Hawaii Japanese Center will celebrate its second annual Tanabata (Star Festival) on Saturday, July 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The traditional Japanese observation of Tanabata is inspired by the story of Orihime and Hikoboshi (the stars Vega and Altair, respectively) — two deities who were separated from each other by the Milky Way and could only be united once a year.

The public is cordially invited to participate in the event, “Tanabata Time,” which will feature the popular kimono dressing for both girls and boys with picture-taking services. $3 individual pose, $5 two people, $10 family (3 or more).

The custom of celebrating Tanabata by writing one’s wishes on pieces of paper called tanzaku and hanging them up on bamboo will also be observed. “Tanabata Time” will also feature children’s make-and-take craft activities and games. There will be storytelling, matsuri dancing, karaoke, and everyone is welcome to enter the kusudama ball contest by creating the colorful fukinagashi (streamers) with materials provided at the event.

No festival would be complete without food, of course, and, in addition to hot dogs and chili, a somen nagashi activity will be included where participants must capture the somen noodles with their chopsticks as they float by on water running through a bamboo trough.

Admission is free, with nominal fees for food items and specific activities. Donations are gratefully accepted.

For more information, please call HJC at 808.934-9611 during office hours: Wed - Sat, 11am - 2pm. Or email