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Customize your own awamori cocktail. Play with flavors to create your perfect cocktail by using island flavors including pineapple, shiso, ume, and much more. Karii! An Awamori Experience will be held on the 4th floor of the Hawaii Convention Center in conjunction with the Okinawan Festival presented by Hawaii United Okinawa Association on Friday, August 30 from 6-9 p.m.

Come experience Okinawa’s unique liquor - awamori! Paired with Hawaii’s top local chefs, this event will showcase some of the traditional and not-so-traditional ways of enjoying Okinawa’s famous alcoholic beverage. Your all-inclusive ticket gives you access to dishes from 12 notable Hawai‘i restaurants along with parings of Awamori.

What is Awamori? An alcoholic beverage native to Okinawa, awamori has been a part of Okinawan culture since the 15th century. The liquor is distilled from rice using a traditional process and typically ranges between 30–60 proof. Like Champagne, which is produced exclusively in the Champagne region of France, Japanese law mandates that all awamori must be made in Okinawa. Today, there are only 47 distilleries crafting the beverage.

Participating Restaurants Include:

  • MW Restaurant
  • The Pig and The Lady
  • Mud Hen Water
  • Chef Chai
  • Viaggio
  • Roy's
  • Creations in Catering
  • Mariposa
  • Tango Contemporary Cafe
  • 53 By The Sea
  • Feast (Jon Matsubara)
  • Halekulani

Types of Awamori Served:

  • Aloha Awamori
  • Hanashimauta Awamori
  • Kuba Awamori
  • Kura Awamori
  • Mizuhi Awamori
  • Ryukyu Bijin Awamori
  • Shaka Awamori
  • Shimauta Awamori

Click here for more details on the Okinawan Festival.

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Venue Information

Hawaii Convention Center
1801 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 943-3500

Organizer Information

Hawaii United Okinawa Association

94-587 Ukeʻe Street
Waipahu, HI 96797

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