Okinawa Center Hosts Year’s Last Bon Dance

Bon dance season ended in August, but one could call the Autumn Okinawa Dance Matsuri the season’s last hurrah.

The free fall festival, also known as “the largest indoor bon dance,” will be open from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at Hawaii Okinawa Center in Waipio.

Because it’s held indoors, the event is a little different from most.

Nevertheless, attendees of all ages can expect to dance the night away to both traditional Okinawan songs and contemporary Japanese tunes.

Plenty of food — including staples like andagi, shave ice and yakisoba — will be available, as well as other vendor booths (which open at 5 p.m.).

The matsuri is coordinated by volunteers from Hawaii United Okinawa Association at its center, located at 94-587 Ukee St.

For more information, call 676-5400.