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The 5th Annual Rice Fest Takes Center Stage on Sunday, September 28th at Ward Centers

Celebrate national rice month at the 5th Annual Rice Fest – presented by Lundberg Family Farms – on Sunday, September 28th from 11am-5pm at Ward Centers! This year, the event organizers are looking to close off part of Auahi Street (fronting Ward Warehouse) to make it a bona fide street festival with all of your favorite rice-focused food and craft vendors.

Rice Fest Poster
Rice Fest Poster

As always, the beneficiary for the annual Rice Fest event is Lanakila Meals on Wheels, Hawaii’s largest and only island-wHiide meal service for seniors serving over 250,000 meals each year on over 90 different routes all over Oahu. They will be on site on the 28th accepting your monetary and brown rice donations.

 

New this year is Rice Fest’s partnership with Yum! Brands (KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell) and their World Hunger Relief #PassTheRedCup Movement which has helped to raise nearly $185 million since 2007 in their attempt to end world hunger.

New partnership with Yum! And World Hunger Relief
New partnership with Yum! And World Hunger Relief

Event goers can enter for a chance to win a trip to Vegas compliments of Vacations Hawaii, donate to Lanakila Meals on Wheels for a chance to stay at the Sheraton Waikiki compliments of Kyo-Ya Hotels & Resorts, enjoy live entertainment all day, including Kapena (presented by HI*Sessions), take advantage of FREE WiFi compliments of Oceanic Time Warner Cable, purchase official Rice Fest T-shirts at the VH07V booth, and watch an attempt to set the Guinness World Record for the largest Loco Moco at 500kg (1,102.31 lbs)!

Check out a schedule of the day’s activities below:

11:00am – Rice Fest Begins, hosted by 94.7 KUMU’s “Bruddah” Bryan

Rice Fest Emcee: 94.7 KUMU's Bruddah Bryan
Rice Fest Emcee: 94.7 KUMU’s Bruddah Bryan

11:05am-11:35am – Entertainment by EMKE

EMKE
EMKE

11:40am-11:55am – 1st Celebrity & Chef Cooking Demo featuring Sheraton Waikiki’s Chef Colin Hazama & 2001 Miss Hawaii & OC16 The Pet Hui host Denby Dung

Sheraton Waikiki's Chef Colin Hazama2001 Miss Hawaii & OC16 The Pet Hui host Denby Dung
Sheraton Waikiki’s Chef Colin Hazama & 2001 Miss Hawaii & OC16 The Pet Hui host Denby Dung

12:00pm-12:25pm – Ukulele performance by Jody Kamisato & Ukulele Super Kids

Jody Kamisato and the Ukulele Super Kids
Jody Kamisato and the Ukulele Super Kids

12:30pm-12:55pm – Entertainment by Honoka & Azita

Honoka & Azita
Honoka & Azita

1:00pm-1:25pm – Taiko Drumming performance by Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii

Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii
Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii

1:30pm-1:55pm – Entertainment by Streetlight Cadence

Streetlight Cadence
Streetlight Cadence

2:00pm-2:30pm – Entertainment by Jason Tom (Hawaii’s Human Beatbox) and Heart & Soul

Jason Tom (Hawaii's Human Beatbox) and Heart & Soul
Jason Tom (Hawaii’s Human Beatbox)
and Heart & Soul

2:35pm-2:50pm – 2nd Celebrity & Chef Cooking Demo featuring OC16 Hawaiian Grown Kitchen chef & host Grant Kawasaki & KHON2’s Manolo Morales

OC16 Hawaiian Grown Kitchen chef & host Grant KawasakiKHON2's Manolo Morales
OC16 Hawaiian Grown Kitchen chef & host Grant Kawasaki & KHON2’s Manolo Morales

2:50pm-2:55pm – A word from our beneficiary: Lanakila Pacific

Lanakila Meals on Wheels
Lanakila Meals on Wheels

3:00pm-3:30pm – 5th Annual SPAM® Musubi Eating Contest

SPAM® Musubi Eating Contest four-time defending champ
SPAM® Musubi Eating Contest four-time defending champ “Uncle Rodney”

3:30pm-4:00pm – Guinness World Record™ for Largest Loco Moco – Official Weigh-In

4:00pm-5:00pm – HI*Sessions presents Entertainment by Kapena

Kapena, presented by HI*Sessions
Kapena
, presented by HI*Sessions

5:00pm – Rice Fest Concludes

The 5th Annual Rice Fest is presented by Lundberg Family Farms, benefits Lanakila Meals on Wheels, and is sponsored by Oceanic Time Warner Cable, Yum! Brands, Ward Centers, VH07V, Platinum Tents & Events, Hawaii Ranchers Natural Beef, Vacations Hawaii, Kyo-Ya Hotels & Resorts, HPE Live, HI*Sessions & Channel808.

Don’t miss out on all of the food & festivities this month on Sunday, September 28th from 11am-5pm at Ward Centers! Here’s a peek at the confirmed vendors for this year’s Rice Fest!

 

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