Tuesday, August 17, 2010

hawaii culture

Saturday evening, my Grandma wanted to go to the Pearl City Hongwanji's O-bon service so I took her.

We got there a little before 18:00 and there were a LOT of people sitting, eating and chatting, and waiting for the Bon Dance to start (at 19:30).

After the service we came out and it seemed like the amount of people had grown, there were more people sitting on the church's front lawn, some had brought their own chairs, it almost seemed like there was going to be some kind of concert or something.

I overheard that most of the food was sold out by about 19:00!

Luckily, my grandma and I had eaten dinner before going to the service.

I did manage to pick up some andagi (Okinawan donut) made by DA ANDAGI GUY, a local shop that you can find sometimes in front of Pearl City Don Quijote (a local supermarket)...4 golf ball sized andagi for US$1 in plain or cinnamon.

Since Grandma didn't want any, I bought 8 plain to take home to share with my Mom and Dad.

It was nice to see this bon dance, a little different atmosphere from the one last week. It was also nice to spend some time with my Grandma.

Have a nice week.

10 comments:

Jude said...

I haven't attended a bon dance in ages, but your lovely descriptions make me feel like I was there! Thanks for the continued peeks into Hawaii life!

K and S said...

I'm glad you are enjoying these posts Jude :)

Take care.
Kat

Paz said...

Sounds like a nice evening with your grandma. I'd love to taste some of the donuts. ;-)

Paz

Dennis K. said...

The andagi looks great! I love them especially when they're fried fresh. At home they were size of tennis balls!

Debinhawaii said...

So nice you got to spend some quality time with your grandma. :-)

Lori said...

I saw this from the freeway on my way home from my parent's house! Wanted to stop by, but it was pretty late already...shucks.

KirkK said...

I don't remember the last time I had andagi.....

K and S said...

Paz they are like tiny cake donuts, I hope you get a chance to try some soon :)

ha ha, I know sometimes they can be really large Dennis :)

I know Debinhawaii :)

It was a great event Lori, maybe next year :)

Next time you go to Tanioka's Kirk, they have some there :)

Take care everyone.
Kat

Rowena... said...

So sweet reading about your outing with your grandma. Those sort of moments are just precious!

K and S said...

They are moments I really enjoy Rowena :)

Take care.
Kat