Celebrate Girls’ Day with Dolls, Mochi Making

February 27, 2017, 9:02 AM HST
* Updated September 8, 4:58 PM
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A traditional Hina Matsuri doll. Photo courtesy of Kona Historical Society.

Kona Historical Society will offer fun and festive Japanese traditions at its Kona Coffee Living History Farm to celebrate Girls’ Day on Friday, March 3.

Visitors will have the opportunity to make paper dolls in honor of the Japanese tradition of Hina Matsuri, or the Girls’ Day Doll Festival, a holiday still observed in Hawaiʻi among families of multi-ethnic backgrounds. In addition, staff will be showing the public how to make mochi rice cakes and sharing Hina Arare, a sweet bite-sized rice cracker to snack on.

The farm’s historic farmhouse will also feature a display of elaborate Hina Matsuri dolls in honor of the traditional holiday. According to the tradition, families with young daughters display these dolls beginning in late February, and take them down after March 3 to avoid superstition.

KHS celebrates Hina Matsuri to reflect on the rich and unique traditions brought to Hawaiʻi by Japanese immigrants.

Kona Coffee Living History Farm is located at 82-6199 Mamalahoa Highway in Captain Cook, near mile marker 110. It is open weekdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 


For more information, call Kona Historical Society at (808) 323-3222 or visit


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