21st Annual Traditional Mochi (rice cake) Pounding

{{ msToDate('12/29/2018 12:00:00 AM') | date:'mediumDate'}} · Hakalau, Hawaii Island

Event Details

Akiko’s Buddhist Bed & Breakfast invites you to step back in time into Hawaii’s past, a former plantation village and discover the spirit of old Hawaii.

The B&B has no televisions, but rather a good assortment of books on a variety of subjects.

The intent is to rest and restore, meditate if you choose.

It’s a special place and well-known for New Year’s mochi pounding.

Mochi pounding at Akiko’s started 21 years ago with 23 people, mostly neighbors, and now has become a popular community and public event — drawing nearly 700 people last year.

Making mochi cakes the old-fashioned way, everyone takes their turn at pounding the delicious sticky rice for good luck in the New Year.

Fire building starts at 7 a.m. to steam the rice.

Breakfast at Akiko’s includes fresh fruit from the garden, Wailea Hakalau FoodShare, and the Hilo Farmers Market, along with homemade bread and locally made jams, fresh eggs from the community.

Booths and activities include crafts, food vendors, fortune telling, massage, I Ching readings, floral arrangements, plantation stories, Okinawan taiko drumming, and Hawaiian entertainment.

For more info

Mochi Pounding




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Akiko’s Bed & Breakfast

29-2091 Old Mamalahoa Hwy., Hakalau, HI 96710