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Makiki Christian Church food fest celebrates comfort cooking

  • Video by Marie Hobro

    Every year, the church holds a festival expressing gratitude to the community it has served for 114 years. This year's event was held on Oct. 6. More than 1,500 people come for the traditional Japanese foods families have been making for generations.

  • MARIE HOBRO / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    Chokatsu Tamayose, chef at Sunrise Restaurant, dressed up for his duty frying shrimp tempura for the Festival of Thanksgiving at Makiki Christian Church.

  • MARIE HOBRO / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    Ray Kitagawa, left, and June Kumagai pound rice into mochi in their stone “usu,” or mortar, as Hikaru Kumagai prepares to turn the developing mochi paste so it is even in texture.

  • PAT GEE / PGEE@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Making maki sushi is a group project. Russell Ishihara, left, and sister Sandy Ishihara-Shibata, center, grew up making sushi.

Every year the community is treated to a taste of Makiki Christian Church’s homemade Japanese foods, local favorites like sushi, udon with shrimp tempura, and freshly pounded mochi at the Festival of Thanksgiving. Read more

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