Okinawan culture celebrated

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo
The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Taiko drummers from Oahu’s Chinagu Eisa (first photo) give an energetic performance near the close of the Maui Okinawan Festival on Saturday afternoon at Maui Mall in Kahului. A display of Okinawan lacquerware and other items (second photo) from the collection of Howard and Masayo Oshiro draws the attention of Kenjin Kai taiko drummers Anson Cabello (from foreground), 12, Che Ann Purdy, 12, and Masako Kaya, 11. The collection was part of a cultural display assembled for the annual Okinawan Festival. “It helps me learn about the past,” Kaya said. The celebration featured entertainment, games, food, a photo booth and crafts.

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