Legendary Japanese singer Misora Hibari loved the people of Hawai‘i, and Hawai‘i’s people loved her. On Saturday, Nov. 24, memories of the beloved Hibari’s gift for tugging at the heartstrings of her audiences with her nostalgic ballads will be celebrated at the Misora Hibari Music Festival at the Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall. The 1 p.m. concert has been designated a Gannenmono event. It is one of many events being held this year to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Hawai‘i’s first Japanese immigrants.
Plans for the festival were unveiled at an Aug. 31 briefing at the Mariposa Restaurant in Neiman Marcus. The event was attended by Hibari’s daughter-in-law, Yuka Kato, who represented Hibari’s family.