2016 Okinawan Festival – Music, Dance, and Much More!

9 a.m. RYUKYU SOKYOKU KOYO KAI HAWAII SHIBU Jane Kaneshiro and Bonnie Miyashiro, Co-chairs; Jane Kaneshiro Sozan Kai; Bonnie Miyashiro Soho Kai; Toma Toyoko Sokyoku Kai; Kaya Hatsuko Sokyoku Kai; Yamashiro Yoneko Sokyoku Kenkyu Kai; Yasuko...
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2017 Okinawan Festival – Countdown on to the 35th Okinawan Festival!

Okinawan Festival Returning to Kapi‘olani Park Labor Day Weekend After cancelling last year’s Okinawan Festival just days before the signature summer event was set to open, citing safety concerns over an approaching hurricane, the Hawaii United Okinawa Association’s 2,000-plus volunteers will be out in force “Sharing Uchinanchu Aloha” during Labor Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday,....
Hawaii Okinawa Creative Arts will perform at 9:50 am on Sunday (Photo courtesy HOCA)

2017 Okinawan Festival – MUSIC, DANCE, AND LOTS MORE!

SATURDAY, SEPT. 2, 2017  (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) 9 a.m. RYUKYU SOKYOKU KOYO KAI HAWAII SHIBU Jane Kaneshiro and Bonnie Miyashiro, Co-chairs Jane Kaneshiro Sozan Kai Bonnie Miyashiro Soho Kai Toma Toyoko Sokyoku Kai Yamashiro Yoneko Sokyoku Kenkyu Kai Yasuko Arakawa Aki no Kai Sunny Tominaga Sokyoku Sanyuukai Chieko Miyasato Sokyoku Kai 9:30 a.m. RYUKYU KOTEN....

The 29th Annual Okinawan Festival

This weekend is the 29th Okinawan Festival. Due to popular demand, here is the schedule of the festivities: SATURDAY, SEPT. 3, 2011 (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) 9 a.m.        RYUKYU SOKYOKU KOYO KAI HAWAII SHIBU Yoneko Yamashiro Edmondson,...

Bad Brains at Pipeline Cafe

They have been called the "greatest live band ever," fusing together punk, reggae, jazz, rock, heavy metal and funk - not to mention influencing countless A-list musicians - for over 30 years. They have endured...
Photo of Afuso Ryu Koten Ongaku Kenkyu Choichi Kai USA instructors (from left): Sean Sadaoka, Grant “Sandaa” Murata and Kenton Odo. (Photo courtesy Grant Murata)

Okinawan Music Performance

WHO/WHAT: Afuso Ryu Koten Ongaku Kenkyu Choichi Kai USA will perform traditional Okinawan music as part of “Ayanuji: Okinawa’s Traditional Culture – Past and Present.” This is an East-West Center Arts Program, presented in...
Photo of Lion Dance at the Okinawan Festival

2017 Okinawan Festival – Even More Culture in this Year’s Cultural Tent!

The Okinawan Festival’s Cultural Tent is a great place to spend several hours of your time at the festival expanding your knowledge of Okinawan culture. The Cultural Tent, which is organized annually by the Hui O Laulima women’s group, will feature an even wider selection of displays and activities this year — and more tent....
Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito; Hibari’s daughter-in-law, Yuka Kato; Gannenmono commemoration co-chair Sal Miwa; and Sheree Tamura, immediate past president of the United Japanese Society of Hawaii.

Spotlight – “Misora Hibari Music Festival” Set for Nov. 24

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.....
Elena Wang and Sam Tanabe, members of the Broadway cast of “Allegiance,” sing a song from the musical for the JCCH audience. Wang will play “Kei” in next year’s Los Angeles production of the musical. (Photos by Gregg Kakesako)

Community – “Allegiance” Cast Honors Nisei Veterans and Support Groups

“Allegiance” Lead George Takei Discusses the Musical’s Broader Message Gregg K. Kakesako Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Actor and civil rights activist George Takei said the story of the 120,000 Japanese Americans who were imprisoned behind barbed wire fences and guard towers in the months following Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor because they looked like....

Spotlight – Grant Murata Will Say “Thank You” with Concert

When Clarence and Judith Murata adopted their infant son in 1962, they never imagined that he would grow up to become a leader in the field of Okinawan music in Hawai‘i through uta-sanshin —...

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