Photo of the Hakuoh University Handbell Choir from Tochigi Prefecture

Hakuoh University Handbell Choir Concerts

WHO/WHAT: The Hakuoh University Handbell Choir from Tochigi Prefecture will present four public concerts in Honolulu during its 28th goodwill visit. The choir, which is directed by its founder, Professor Hirotaka Arai, has the...
Cover photo of 12/16 issue, a little girl enjoying Kauai's Flying Saucers

Lead Story – Flying Saucers Invade Kaua‘i

Gerald Hirata Special to The Hawai‘i Herald In the last few years, there have been published reports of Flying Saucer sightings on Kaua‘i. But the community here doesn’t seem to be at all concerned. In fact,...
Photo of Okinawan Fesitval favorite, Andagi

2017 Okinawan Festival – On the Menu at the Okinawan Festival

There’ll be no shortage of delicious food at the Okinawan Festival, including many dishes that are served in Okinawan home kitchens. Spend a day — or both days — at the Festival and make sure you try everything, all of it prepared and served by HUOA volunteers. Andagi: Okinawan deep fried doughnut — a local....
The talented students in the Kaimukï Middle School Symphonic Winds on stage at the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts at Butler University with their director Susan Ochi-Onishi (far left). (Photos courtesy Susan Ochi-Onishi)

Herald Salutes – Students in the Kaimukï Middle School Symphonic Winds, directed by Susan...

Students in the Kaimukï Middle School Symphonic Winds, directed by Susan Ochi-Onishi, performed to four standing ovations in the 28th annual Music for All National Festival in March in Indianapolis, Ind. The Music for All National Festival showcases America’s finest high school and middle school music ensembles and student musicians. It spotlights outstanding music-making and....
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...
Bruce Hamada on the stand-up bass and Jim Howard on piano play the classics from the great American songbook at 53 by the Sea. (Photos courtesy Bruce Hamada)

Music – Swept Away By The Music of Bruce Hamada

Music is the Bassist/Vocalist’s Passion Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald “The very thought of you, makes my heart sing, like an April breeze on the wings of spring . . .” It is dinner hour at “53 by the Sea,” the upscale bistro overlooking Waikïkï, and Bruce Hamada’s voice is floating ethereally across....
Leinani Group from Okinawa will be part of the formal opening ceremonies on Saturday.

2018 Okinawan Festival – Music, Dance, Taiko, Karate, Hula and Lots, Lots More!

SATURDAY, SEPT. 1, 2018  (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) 9:30 a.m. RYUKYU SOKYOKU KOYO KAI HAWAII SHIBU Derek Fujio, President, and Sara Nakatsu, Vice President Jane Kaneshiro Sozan Kai Bonnie Miyashiro Soho Kai Yamashiro Yoneko Sokyoku Kenkyu Kai Yasuko Arakawa Aki no Kai Sunny Tominaga Sokyoku Sanyuukai Kazuko Ito Sokyoku Kyoshitsu
'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...
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....
The koto players performing in the Goudou Ensou Kai (from left): Courtney Takara, Kathy Shigemura, Kazuko Ito-Sensei, Grace Carmichael, Robbie Umeno, Kinuko Tamashiro and Diane Kawamoto. They were joined by other koto and sanshin players in the front row on the stage (from left): Zachary Oyafuso, Sarah Nakatsu (koto), Brandon Ing, Derek Fujio (koto), Seichi Yagi-Sensei and Lisa Sadaoka (koto).

Community Focus – Ryukyu Koten Ongaku Holds Joint Koto, Sanshin Concert

The melodic sounds of Okinawan koto and sanshin music filled the Shinshu Kyokai Mission social hall on Oct. 20 as the Ryukyu Sokyoku Koyo Kai Hawaii Shibu koto association and the Ryukyu Koten Ongaku Nomura Ryu Ongaku Kyokai Hawaii Shibu sanshin association came together for their annual Gōdōu Ensōu Kai, or joint concert. The program....

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