This mochitsuki has become a tradition for us. Our friends in Waikea Uka host this annual cultural event and have been doing this for 45 years at their home. We love seeing their friends and family each year…they are so welcoming…local-style. Glutinous rice is steamed in multi-level wooden steamers, mushed with wooden sticks and then pounded with wooden mallets until the desired consistency is achieved. The pounded rice is transferred to a table where the mochi is formed into cakes that will be used for the New Year’s celebration. Mr. Ura pounding.Robert and Kris. Frank and Dylan. Garrett and Dylan.Pearl, one of the sake girls. Forming the mochi – Mrs. Ura and gang…matriarchs of the family. Mushing the mochi. Gaylyn and Mrs. Ura and sake. Kagami mochi – for good luck.