May 5th is Boy’s Day!
Raising our boys in Hawaii allows us to expose them to so many different customs. Hawaii is known as a “melting pot” where immigrants from Japan, China, the Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico and Korea settled in the islands to work on the sugar and pineapple plantations starting in the 1880s. Hawaii is busy with festivals, holidays and parades year round celebrating traditions from immigrants who settled in the islands. Visitors to the islands can experience more than just Hawaiian culture by attending events like summer-time Japanese Obon Festivals and Chinese New Year dragon dancing. Check the informative Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau website to discover cultural events throughout the islands.
Boy’s Day is a day to honor sons and celebrate their happiness. In our house, it is a fun day to thank God for our two sons and teach them about their Japanese heritage.
It’s not too late to get ready to celebrate Boy’s Day! If you are on Maui, you can shop at TJ’s Warehouse Outlet in Wailuku to purchase your own carp streamers ranging in price and size. While you are there, you can also pick up Japanese snacks and candy. One of our favorite Japanese candy is the soft and chewy Botan Rice Candy with an outer layer of rice paper wrapping that is edible!
If you can’t make it to TJ’s Warehouse Outlet, visit our Instagram page to enter a contest to win a Boy’s Day gift package with a pin-wheel koinobori, Enjoy brand mixed arare, Marukawa Bubble Gum and a box of Botan Rice Candy. Good luck!
We’d love to hear how you celebrate Boy’s Day in the comments! Aloha from Maui!
Please enter our Instagram contest to win a Boy’s Day gift package! Click on the highlighted “@pixiebugstudio” to visit our Instagram post.