Matsuri Kauai and Hawaii Aloha Gala Dinner Celebration


Who: Kauai Japanese Cultural Society’s 33rd Matsuri Kauai Festival

Where: Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall, Lihue

When: Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The 2018 Kauai Japanese Cultural Society’s “Matsuri” is scheduled to be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall, Lihue. The event is free and open to the public.

The festival will showcase different groups of Japanese talents and to perpetuate the Japanese culture on Kauai. Taiko performances and classical Japanese dances will also be featured. Usually a featured performance from Japan is presented at this event along with some hands on activities (i.e. oshibana, origami, oshie), crafts, kimono dressing, tea ceremony, shodo, bonsai, ikebana, etc…

Kimono Dressing  $45. Please make reservations by Sept. 15. Call Mrs. Lorraine Kawane at 335-5414.

The festival is currently seeking sponsors for this prestigious event. Sponsorship applications are now available. Please click here to download.

Fire & Rice at Roy Yamaguchi’s Eating House 1849

Fire & Rice at Roy Yamaguchi’s Eating House 1849 at the Shops at Kukui’ula
Saturday, Sept. 22, 6 to 9 p.m.
Yokoso! Welcome! Come and take a stroll through the streets of Japan as the Eating House team at the Shops at Kukui‘ula take you on a culinary adventure “yatai” style. Feast on savory Japanese dishes while enjoying the sounds of John Rivera Trio. Immerse yourself in the lovely sunset as it fades into the horizon, while sipping on one of our signature cocktails. Lift your glasses and toast with Roy Yamaguchi as we kick off our Fire & Rice celebration honoring 150 years of Japanese heritage in Hawaii and Roy’s Hawaii’s 30th anniversary.

Tickets: $108 (inc. tax & gratuity).

For Tickets, call (808) 742-5000 or purchase on-line at:

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Please contact Pearl Shimizu at 822-5353 or with any questions.

Hawaii Aloha Gala Dinner Celebration

Hawaii Aloha Gala Dinner Celebration on Friday, Sept. 21 at the Aqua Kauai Beach Resort in the Jasmine Ballroom. The Gala celebration starts at 6 p.m. with Taiko Kauai.  Our featured performer is Hawaii’s own Enka singing sensation, Torao Hikariyama.  We will also bestow our first Kansha (Gratitude) Awards on the following esteemed group:

Kauai no Kokoro (Heart): Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho Jr.; Mayor Maryanne Kusaka; Norman and Mabel Hashisaka; Kauai no Hoshi (Star): Dr. and Mrs. Kawane; Niji no Hashi (Rainbow Bridge): Iwaki City; Iwaki Hawaii Exchange Assn. and Spa Resort Hawaiians; Kauai Bunka Sho (Culture & Arts): late Mrs. Aiko Nakaya; Taiko Kauai

Ticket Prices: $75 for individual tickets and available at on-line at, Pono Market and Kauai Kookie (Hanapepe).