2018 / Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai makes Okonomiyaki at New Year’s Festival, Jan 14

Okonomiyaki booth at Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii’s New Year’s Festival. (Photo by Brandon Saigusa)

Sunday, January 14, 2018 marked the HONOLULU HIROSHIMA KENJIN KAI’S 16th consecutive year of their participation in the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii’s Ohana New Year’s Festival in Honolulu.

For the past 16 years, the HHKK prepares and cooks Hiroshima style okonomiyaki, which can be described as a Japanese “pancake” or “crepe.”

The HHKK has been graciously helped by Otafuku Sauce Company of Hiroshima, one of Japan’s leading sauce producers with a branch office located in Santa Fe Springs, California.

Besides having the opportunity to learn and create Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki, net proceeds from the sale are earmarked for an annual college scholarship for a deserving HHKK family member.

President Wayne Miyao commented, “Despite the false missile alarm on the previous day, we were able to attract a large number of festival participants, who enjoyed our okonomiyaki.  We look forward to continuing this tradition in the years to come.”

The Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai, which was established in 1955, celebrated its 60th anniversary of its establishment last year.   It has more than 400 hundred families as members.

The purpose of the organization is to promote and perpetuate the unique customs and traditions of Hiroshima.  It is this deep affection and interest in Hiroshima Prefecture, its lessons in history, its vibrant culture and unique customs, its interesting food, its rich traditions and its friendly and caring people that isbeing learned and perpetuated by members and families of the HHKK.

From left: Consulate General of Japan in Hawaii Koichi Ito, Hawaii Governor David Ige, Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai President Wayne Miyao, and Hawaii State Senator Brian Taniguchi. (Photo by Brandon Saigusa)