Magnificent Mochi

  • Anko (sweet azuki bean paste) is stuffed in mochi balls at Kona Hongwanji Temple on Saturday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Margaret Masunaga forms Kagami mochi at Kona Hongwanji Temple Saturday morning. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Kaz Kurasaki, left, Betty Takeoka, Mary Katayama and Shirley Matsuoka form mochi balls Saturday.

  • Jordan Ciriako, left, feeds sweet mochi rice through the “pounding” machine while Kelsey Katayama gathers the mochi paste for forming.

  • Mark Inouye places pots of mochi rice over the steamer Saturday morning at Kona Hongwanji Temple. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Jana Maunaga carries a tray of mochi to the packaging station at Kona Hongwanji Saturday morning. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

KEALAKEKUA – Volunteers made over 1,000 pounds of Mochi Saturday for Kona Hongwanji’s annual New Year’s sale.

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