Making mochi

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Terry Phillips waits to finish as Lily Kawamura prepares to wrap the mochi around the an, or black bean paste filling, and Leesha Kawamura prepares another mochi for filling during the mochitsuki at the Kawamura home in Wailua.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Paco Espinosa of Mexico, the Rev. Shinji Kondo of Honolulu, and Matthew Kawamura take turns pounding the mochi rice in the stone usu during mochitsuki at the Ed Kawamura home in Wailua.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Paco Espinosa of Mexico, the Rev. Shinji Kondo of Honolulu, and Matthew Kawamura begin the mochitsuki by kneading the hot rice in the stone usu during mochitsuki at the Ed Kawamura home in Wailua.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The Rev. Shinji Kondo of Honolulu and Ed Kawamura Sr. watch as Austin Sadamitsu, 4, takes his turn pounding the hot mochi rice in the usu during mochitsuki at the Kawamura home in Wailua.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Austin Sadamitsu, 4, slides in with his dad Kyle to help knead the mochi rice during mochitsuki at the Ed Kawamura home in Wailua.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Austin Sadamitsu, 4, shows off his mochi mustache after taking a few bites of hot mochi during mochitsuki at the Ed Kawamura home in Wailua.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Austin Sadamitsu, 4, enjoys hot mochi during mochitsuki at the Ed Kawamura home in Wailua.

WAILUA — Leesha Kawamura watched 4-year-old Austin Sadamitsu quietly munching the mochi during the mochitsuki at Ed Kawamura’s home in Wailua.

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