Smile and say “Andagi!” It’s everyone’s Okinawan Festival favorite.

2019 Okinawan Festival – “The Festival” and “The Mura”

Last year, the leadership and member-clubs of the Hawaii United Okinawa Association took a leap into the unknown and moved the Okinawan Festival from Kapi‘olani Park to the Hawai‘i Convention Center. It was an experimental year for the state’s largest ethnic festival. It proved to be a good move as it had an estimated 56,000....
Happy Birthday to Sensei! After their memorable Carnegie Hall performance, Choichi Kai students, friends and family packed Bucca Di Beppo at Times Square to celebrate Choichi Terukina-Sensei’s 88th birthday.

Celebrating Culture – The Road to “Tobe! UTA Sanshin in NY”

A Birthday Celebration for Choichi Terukina-Sensei That We Will All Remember Kenton Odo Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The dream of performing at Carnegie Hall in New York City dates all the way back to 2003 when OTV (Okinawa Television) host Shinichi Maehara interviewed me for an episode of his series, “Sekai Uchinanchu Kiko (Worldwide....

Summer Workshop: EISA 101

WHO/WHAT: Eisa was originally an Okinawan folk dance performed during Obon to honor the spirits of the ancestors. Today, however, Eisa is also performed at various celebrations. This workshop led by Hawaii Eisa Shinyuu...

Karii! An Awamori Experience

WHO/WHAT: Enjoy an evening of food, fellowship and awamori, Okinawa’s popular and time-honored alcoholic beverage, at this event being held in conjunction with the Okinawan Festival. Attendees can customize their own awamori cocktails and...
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Local Motion! Kikunobu Dance Company Concert

WHO/WHAT: The Kikunobu Dance Company, led by Onoe Kikunobu-Sensei (Gertrude Tsutsumi), will present a concert featuring traditional, contemporary and folk dances of Japan as part of the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa’s 2019...
Jane Heit has a busy summer ahead, attending nearly all of the Big Island’s bon dances. She’s also squeezing in a quick trip to Japan in August to take in several summer festivals.

Lead Story – The Big Island Bon Dance Queen

Jane Heit and Tsukikage Odorikai are Helping to Re-energize Big Island Bon Dances Arnold Hiura Special to The Hawai‘i Herald A persistent rain dampened the start of the bon dance at the Honomu Henjoji temple on June 15 — and no amount of prayerful looks at the darkening sky would make it go away. Led....
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22nd Annual Harmonica Recital & Concert

WHO/WHAT: The Hawaii Harmonica Society, which includes the Hawaii Reed 21 Harmonica Band and the Small World Harmonica Band, will hold its annual concert.  WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, July 13, 10 a.m.-noon at the Mission Memorial Hall...
Hawaii Eisa Shinyu Kai taiko drummers in full swing.

Community – Bon Dance Season Kicks Off in Waipahu

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Playwright Darrell H.Y. Lum (front row, second from right) with the cast and crew of “Da Beer Can Hat.” From left: Marcus Oshiro, Eddy Gudoy, Maile Kapua‘ala, Brandon Hagio (“Bobo”), Ku‘umakaonaona (“Junior”) Bailon, Lum, and co-director Karen Hironaga. Back row, from left: Jason Lee Hoy, Daryl Bonilla, Ron Encarnacion, Maki‘ilei Ishihara, Paul Yau and co-director Denny Hironaga. Squatting, front right: stage manager Marty Wong and lighting technician Nicole Tessier. (Photo by Karleen Chinen)

Theatre Review – Bravo! For “Da Beer Can Hat”

Darrell H.Y. Lum’s Play at Kumu Kahua Theatre is Both Funny and Sensitive Karleen Chinen Commentary In our lives, somewhere . . . sometime . . . we’ve all known someone like “Bobo.” Someone mentally handicapped, but sweet and pure-hearted. And maybe even a little tricky-smart in his or her own way. It was that....
World-renowned pianists Jon Nakamatsu

14th Annual Aloha International Piano Festival

WHO/WHAT: World-renowned pianists Jon Nakamatsu, 1997 Gold Medalist in the Tenth Van Cliburn Piano Competition and the only American to have achieved the distinction since 1981; Eugene and Elisabeth Pridonoff, and Alfredo Minetti will...

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