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Celebrating Boy’s Day in Hawaii

May 5th is Boy’s Day!

On May 5th, many local families in Hawaii will celebrate Boy’s Day. Originally celebrated in ancient Japan, Boy’s Day was changed to the inclusive “Children’s Day” and became a Japanese national holiday in 1948. In Hawaii, it is still just Boy’s Day. No need to get concerned with excluding daughters, we also celebrate Girl’s Day on March 3rd.
Ronan posing with Jack for Boy

Ronan posing with Jack for Boy’s Day 2015.

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.


Ronan playing with a pinwheel koinobori toy to celebrate Boy’s Day in 2016. His middle name, Kiyoshi, comes from his Japanese Great Grandfather Kiyoshi Tomizawa who immigrated to the U.S. from the Fukushima prefecture in 1903.

My hapa boys Kieran and Ronan are a quarter Japanese, making Boy’s Day extra important to celebrate. Driving around neighborhoods on the islands in the first week of May you may see large fish wind socks flying in the front of the house. These wind socks are called Koinobori, meaning “carp streamer” in Japanese. The black carp (Magoi) at the top represents the father, the red carp (Higoi) represents the mother, and the last carp represents the son, with an additional carp added for each additional son.

Boy’s Day Gifts from TJ’s Warehouse Outlet in Wailuku, Hawaii to celebrate the ancient Japanese holiday on May 5th. Win this by visiting Pixiebug Studio on Instagram.

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!


Japanese Art Celebrating Children’s Day – Artist Unknown

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!


Boy’s Day koinobori (carp windsocks) and gifts available now at TJ’s Warehouse Outlet in Wailuku, Maui

Please enter our Instagram contest to win a Boy’s Day gift package! Click on the highlighted “@pixiebugstudio” to visit our Instagram post.

Giveaway time!!! Boy’s Day is on May 5th! # We are excited to giveaway a Boy’s Day gift package. Visit link in profile to learn more about this Japanese holiday and see more photos of Ronan and Jack celebrating! Super Easy Entry Details: 1. Follow @pixiebugstudio 2. Tag a friend in the comments below (Each friend you tag is an entry, so tag away!) Contest ends on Thursday, May 5th at 11:59 am PST. Random winner will be announced by Friday, May 6th. If you live outside of the U.S., you can gift your prize to someone in the U.S. Good luck! NOTE: By entering you confirm you are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility and agree to Instagram’s terms of use. This contest is not affiliated with Instagram in any way. Your Instagram account must be set to “public” to win.

June Harper•Travel/Photography (@pixiebugstudio)

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