Melissa Ching
Special to The Hawai‘i Herald

Was it destiny, or simply chance that led to the unexpected connection between our Okinawan eisä taiko group, Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii, and an Iwaki City high school hula group from Fukushima Prefecture?

Last summer, Marian Moriguchi, who is involved with travel and tourism in Fukushima, arranged for a group of high school students from Iwaki City to visit Hawai‘i. The girls had won a hula competition in Iwaki and were given the opportunity to travel to Hawai‘i to share their hula and stories of their community’s recovery following the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of March 2011.

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