Hinamatsuri happiness

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Kaytin Taba, Chisa Ikai

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Ari Borre, Cyrus Borre

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Vern Cook, Marina LaMadrid, Mary Rivera

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Kay Matsuwaki, Gloria Shimizu, Freckie Okada

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Deedee Gorospe, Jennis Christian

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Chuck Reed, Tony Romo

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Tristyn Hill, Heidi Hill, Makenzie Hill

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Diane Higa, Char Ono

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Bev Pang, Anita Kaneakua, Butch Buddingh, Lynn Kudo, Napua Romo

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Joy Chow, Noa Chow

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Juanita Villanueva Alonzo, Jane Villanueva Narimatsu

The Kaua‘i Japanese Cultural Society and the Kukui Grove Center celebrated Girls’ Day, Saturday with its annual Hinamatsuri, or Doll Festival, celebration.

Girls’ Day, as it’s known in Hawai‘i and elsewhere, stems from Shinto ritual practice of cleansing through the use of origami, or paper folding, created by young girls who would then rub the origami over their bodies and throwing the origami along with any impurities into the river.

Hinamatsuri brought forth a variety of traditional and folk dances, hands-on activities for keiki, a bonsai exhibit and demonstrations, and fellowship as people bestowed their wishes for health and well-being for all girls.

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