Festival getting better with time

FIRST PHOTO: Oahu’s Cheryl Nakasone of Jimpu Kai USA Kin Ryosho Ryukyu Geino Keukyusho, Hawaii Shibu, performs a traditional Okinawan dance during Saturday’s Maui Okinawan Festival at the Maui Mall. “This is a wonderful festival,” Nakasone said. “Every year it gets bigger and better.” The annual celebration of Okinawan culture also featured traditional foods, crafts, lion dances and demonstrations.

SECOND PHOTO: Taiko drummers Puhi Gibson (from foreground), Sandy Higa and Lei Hina Gibson perform with the Maui Ryukyu Culture Group.

THIRD PHOTO: Kim Ginoza ties a head ribbon for Alexis Asato, 10, as she prepares to take the stage Saturday.