2015 Okinawan Festival in Honolulu: Opening Procession

Led by shisa lion dogs, the procession to open 2015 Okinawan Festival in Honolulu's Kapi'olani Park officially began at around 10am on 5 September 2015.

Led by shishimai, the procession to open the 2015 Okinawan Festival in Honolulu’s Kapi’olani Park officially began at around 10:20am on September 5.

The shisa were followed by a paranku troupe.

The shishimai were followed by a paranku troupe. The lady in the red jacket with an orchid lei is U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono. See her photo, below, with the shishimai performers.

The shisa were followed by the procession of banners for the organizations that make up the United Okinawa Association (UOA).

Next came the procession of banners for the organizations that make up the Hawaii United Okinawa Association (HUOA).

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The procession ended at the outdoor bandstand . . .

The procession ended at the outdoor bandstand with the formal opening ceremony . . .

The procession ended at the outdoor bandstand.

. . . and a paranku performance . . .

. . . in front of a large audience.

. . . for the appreciative audience.

The following photos were taken at the staging area next to the bandstand just prior to the procession.

U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono with young shishimai performers.

U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono with the young shishimai performers.

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Related article: Okinawan Festival 2014 – Photos

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