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....
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....
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...
Higashi Hongwanji Mission.

2019 Bon Dance Schedule

BIG ISLAND June 7 (Sat.): Obon Festival at Keauhou Shopping Center (Kona Hongwanji), 6 p.m.; food booths available (78-6831 Ali‘i Dr., 323-2993) June 15 (Sat.): Honomu Henjyoji Mission, 7 p.m.; Hatsubon and Obon service at 5...

Review – A Powerful “Allegiance”

Jodie Chiemi Ching Commentary Because I am a writer for The Hawai‘i Herald and an Okinawan performing artist, people might think that I’m the type of mother who forces my two sons, 14-year-old Gavin and 12-year-old Cameron, to attend or participate in Japanese and Okinawan cultural activities. Actually, I rarely do. I try to encourage....
Group 'On Ensemble', featuring: Shoji Kameda, Masato “Maz” Baba, Eien Hunter-Ishikawa and Abe Lagrimas Jr.

“On Ensemble”: Contemporary Taiko

WHO/WHAT: On Ensemble, made up of Shoji Kameda, Masato “Maz” Baba, Eien Hunter-Ishikawa and Abe Lagrimas Jr., will make its O‘ahu debut in a performance that infuses taiko with jazz, rock and Central Asian...
Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai members Gregg Mueller and Maiko Muta ham it up while cooking the Kenjin Kai’s popular Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki as HHKK past president Wayne Toma (far left) laughs with them. Muta, who is from Hiroshima, owns and operates the Carp Dori Restaurant in the McCully Shopping Center. Honolulu Hiroshima Kenjin Kai members sold 744 okonomiyaki at the Jan. 13 New Year’s ‘Ohana Festival at Mö‘ili‘ili Field and the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i.

JCCH Ohana Festival Offered Experiences Galore

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Benten Kozo (Takeo Miji) and Princess Senju (Joyce Yoshizu) in a scene from “Benten the Thief.”

Lead Story – Kabuki in Hawaii: A 50-Year Journey

Dance Sensei Shares Memories of Kennedy Theatre’s First Kabuki Performance Jodie Chiemi Ching The last time Hawai‘i residents were treated to an authentic kabuki performance from Japan was half a century ago, in December of 1963. So, fans of the centuries-old theatre art are probably counting down the days until March 2 when kabuki returns....
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Spotlight – Kabuki Returning to Hawaii

Jodie Chiemi Ching For the first time in over 50 years, a presentation of Japanese kabuki will be staged in Hawai‘i. “Kabuki in Hawaii 2019” is being presented in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the Honolulu Festival and the 150th anniversary of the 1868 arrival in Hawai‘i of the Gannenmono, the first Japanese immigrants....

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