The Ohana Girls, a softball team, volunteer at the string pull game on Saturday during the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute (JCI) Carnival. ( Photos by MARIO G. REYES/Rafu Shimpo)
Asako Igawa serves up hot udon.
The annual JCI Carnival was held last weekend at the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute. Thousands attended and enjoyed the 2-day summer festival. The carnival included food, games, live entertainment, demonstrations, Japanese cultural arts displays, hands-on activities, nursery and a produce sale.
Harriet Nagada and dancers from Ka Nui Manu Wala Iau Hula perform on stage.
Terri Kuwanoe, left, Glenn Shimizu, and Debbie Mochidome hold t-shirts promoting the Bridge: JCI Heritage Center, a library at the JCI.
Jasper Lem, 8, enjoys a cold slice of watermelon.
Nick Awakuni helps donate plants from the nursery owned by his family.