It all begins the day after Christmas. Akiko’s B&B guests will begin washing & soaking the 100 pounds of mochi rice. A dozen of Akiko’s friends and ohana, will be making their annual “mochi pilgrimage” from Honolulu to ”kokua” with setting up, chopping, washing, and whatever has to be done.
Excerpt from the Hawaii Tribune Herald, 12/28/15:
Wailea Village Annual
So many, many folks make Mochi Pounding happen and you can feel the love and aloha that they all give year after year after year. Come and start the new year by pounding and tasting mochi in a very old plantation village that pulsates of old Hawaii & aloha.
Join us! for the Wailea Village annual mochi-tsuki celebration in making traditional rice cakes the "old-fashioned" way.
Photos courtesy of Dave Gallagher