Public Invited for 20th Annual Mochi Pounding Celebration

December 23, 2017, 10:00 AM HST
* Updated December 22, 5:20 PM
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Akiko’s Mochi Pounding. Courtesy image from Akiko’s B & B.

Akiko’s Bed & Breakfast will hold its 20th Annual Traditional Mochi (rice cake) Pounding for Good Luck in celebration of the new year on Saturday, Dec. 30, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The popular public event will be held at Akiko’s Buddhist Bed & Breakfast located at mile marker 15 on Highway 19.

Last year, more than 600 people attended the event to pound mochi. The event originally began as a small neighborhood gathering of 23 people. Now a tradition, the event offers locals and visitors alike a chance to make rice cakes the traditional way. All attendees will take turns at pounding the glutinous sticky rice.

The fire will be built starting at 6:30 a.m. to steam the rice. Hearty local style lunches will be available for $5. The event will also include crafts, calligraphy, New Year’s kadomatsu (bamboo arrangement), fortune telling, I Ching readings, massage, prayers and blessing. There will also be live entertainment with rhythm and blues by Lito Archangel and Jerry Mirels; jazz by Leonard Kubo and Louanne Gurney; and Okinawan taiko drumming at noon.

For more information, contact Ms. Akiko at (808) 963-6422, email [email protected], or visit:

View a mochi slide video by Marilyn Lamoreux.

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