Hawai’i Maintains Japanese Tradition of Mochi Making

Written by Karen Rose

Hawai‘i’s culture is unique. Many of the state’s traditional practices are a fusion and adaptation of customs brought to the islands by multiple ethnic groups who migrated here to start new lives.

These varying immigrant groups each contribute elements of their heritage to the cultural stew, creating Hawai‘i’s distinct local island flavor. Japanese-Americans make up a significant percentage of the state’s population, and one of the celebrated customs brought with them to Hawai‘i is the practice of mochi-making.


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