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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...
Junior (Ku‘umakaonaona Bailon) and Bobo (Brandon Hagio) having fun playing marbles. (Courtesy Kumu Kahua Theatre)

“Da Beer Can Hat” – One More Show Added

WHO/WHAT: Another show is being added for “Da Beer Can Hat” after it sold out shows last weekend. Based on Darrell Lum’s original short story of Bobo, a mentally handicapped boy. Bobo’s abusive father...
Terry Higa-Sensei holds his shihan (master teacher) certificate after Morikatsu Kishaba-Sensei (center) presented it to him during the performance. Pictured with them is Kimiko Shimabukuro-Sensei from Okinawa, who was Hawaii Taiko Kai’s first teacher when the group organized in 1987.

Community Focus – Mitsufumi Ryu Taiko Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Hawaii Performance

The 50th anniversary of Okinawa’s Mitsufumi Ryu Taiko Hozon Kai was celebrated in Hawai‘i on April 14 with an exciting and colorful taiko, music and dance performance in the Hawaii Okinawa Center’s Albert T. and Wallace T. Teruya Pavilion. Titled “Hawaii ni Hibiku Uchina De-ku (Echoes of Uchina De-ku in Hawaii),” the program featured performances....
Team photo of Taishoji Taiko

Big Island Taiko Festival 2019

WHO/WHAT: The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Performing Arts Center presents the Big Island Taiko Festival 2019. The festival will feature Taishoji Taiko, Puna Hongwanji Taiko Club, Kona Daifukuji Taiko Club and Ryukyukoku Matsuri...
'Stories that bind us remembering .. The Battle of Okinawa' - Video Interview with Shigeko Nakasone, Researcher, Producer and Writer Dan Nakasone, and Musical Presentation by Afuso Ryu Gensei Kai

Irei No Hi: Stories that Bind us Remembering The Battle of Okinawa

WHO/WHAT: The Hawaii United Okinawa Association presents Irei no Hi. There will be a special presentation of the documentary film entitled “Okinawa-sen no Shogen – Testimonies from the Battle of Okinawa,” and a performance...

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