Professor Hirotaka Arai leads the Hakuoh University Handbell Choir playing their numerous handbells.

Community Focus – Hakuoh University Handbell Choir Performs in Hawaii

The Hakuoh University Handbell Choir shared its amazing handbell music at a friendship luncheon hosted by Hakuoh vice president and board chair Joji Kamioka on Feb. 19 at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. The choir also presented free concerts at Central Union Church, Windward Community College and Leeward Community College.
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Rhythm Summit in Concert

WHO/WHAT: RHYTHM SUMMIT, a unique collaboration made possible by the Honolulu Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts in 2008, brings together the artistry and musicality of world-class artists — Kenny Endo (taiko, bamboo...
Photo of the Royal Hawaiian Band playing at Manoa Valley Church

Royal Hawaiian Band at Manoa Valley Church

WHO/WHAT: The Royal Hawaiian Band will present a special concert featuring music specially selected for seniors. Hawaiian music is the heart and soul of the Royal Hawaiian Band, but it also performs American tunes...
The Ryukyu Sokyoku Koyokai Hawaii Shibu koto association and the Ryukyu Koten Ongaku Nomura Ryu Ongaku Kyokai Hawaii Shibu sanshin association perform together at their October Gödö Ensö Kai.

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

The Ryukyu Sokyoku Koyo Kai Hawaii Shibu koto association and the Ryukyu Koten Ongaku Nomura Ryu Ongaku Kyokai Hawaii Shibu sanshin association held their annual Gödö Ensö Kai, or joint concert, in the Shinshu Kyokai Mission social hall on Oct. 21. The program featured classical Okinawan sanshin and koto music performed jointly and as solos.....
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Kikaida 45th Anniversary in Hawaii

WHO/WHAT: It’s been 45 years since “Jinzo Ningen Kikaida” first appeared on television in Hawai‘i. Meet Hawai‘i’s favorite superhero, Kikaida, and the original Jiro — actor Ban Daisuke — and get a free autograph...
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“Hou On Sha Toku” – Grant Murata-Sensei’s Solo Recital

WHO/WHAT: Ryukyu Koten Afuso Ryu Ongaku Kenkyu Choichi Kai USA presents “Hou On Sha Toku,” Hawai‘i’s first uta-sanshin solo recital. Enjoy Ryukyu koten (classical) and minyo (folk) music by Murata-Sensei and friends. Special guest performers...
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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Kaneohe Music Festival

WHO/WHAT: Kaneohe Higashi Hongwanji Mission will hold a music festival featuring live performances by the Kaneohe Higashi Hongwanji Band, City Boys, Ten Feet and more. The festival will also feature songs by the temple’s...
Photo of singer, Allison Arakawa, singing in a bright red kimono, mic in hand

“Hawaii Nikkei Legacy” Exhibit on Kauai

WHO/WHAT: A photographic exhibit highlighting the history and culture of Japanese Americans in Hawai’i travels to Kaua‘i. The 6:45 p.m. opening will feature a performance by singer Allison Arakawa, known for her moving renditions...
Hawaii Eisa Shinyu Kai taiko drummers in full swing.

Community – Bon Dance Season Kicks Off in Waipahu

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