New Year’s mochi madness begins

The Garden Island

By Dennis Fujimoto

December 26, 2010 8:30 am

Photos by Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island Sofia Sauma, 7, brushes excess flour from between mochi at the Kapa‘a Hongwanji Mission in this photo taken last year.
LIHU‘E — While people scurried about doing last-minute Christmas shopping, Ed Kawamura was anticipating the mochi-making that starts today.

The Kawamura ‘ohana continues to honor the tradition of making mochi using wooden mallets, or kine, and the stone mortar, or usu.

“You need to start early,” Kawamura said. “Mochi is usually done between Christmas and New Year’s.”

A collection of relatives, friends, and residents of the neighborhood congregate for the event which usually lasts the entire day, enjoying fellowship while waiting for their batches of special mochi rice to be prepared. The mochi rice, too, must be prepared and soaked several days ahead of mochi-making.

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