25th Annual Honolulu Festival March 8-10, 2019
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Hawaii Ginyukai

Music Performance

The Hawaii Ginyukai was founded in 2017 by members fond of and interested in Ginyu (Japanese poetry songs). Hawaii Ginyukai is belong to the “Kansai Shigin Culture Association” which its headquarter located in Osaka, and is certified by the Prime Minster of Japan. We practice the art of Shigin at 15 Craigside’s multimedia room and are taught by the Guidance Department in Japan using Skype in a fun and at home atmosphere.

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TAVANA presented by Hale Osugi International

Music Performance

Hale Osugi International proudly presents TAVANA: Tavana is a one-man band from Honolulu, who uses electronic drum triggers to lay down a variety of grooves with his feet to accompany himself while playing guitar and singing soulful, island-inspired Rock and Blues. From a simple foot-stomping beginning, Tavana began to add elements to his kit including a sizeable kick drum before refining that approach down to a series of foot triggers to accomplish his desired and now “signature” one-man-rock-band wall of sound. Tavana is the featured artist for the 2018 Hankyu Osaka Hawaii Fair, representing Hawaii, this summer, and will tour Osaka and Tokyo in July. This will be Tavana’s first […]

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Taiko Center of the Pacific

Music Performance

Kenny Endo and Taiko Center of the Pacific, a school and performing group of traditional and contemporary Japanese drumming. Well known throughout the islands, the group also performs internationally and offers year-round classes to the general public. Today, the group performs Matsuri Bayashi, the festival music of old Tokyo. It is performed in Tokyo to support the many mikoshi bearers carrying the heavy portable shrine. The mikoshi comes out of storage only a few times a year to give blessings to all the people.

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Rissho Kosei-Kai

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Rissho Kosei-kai Buddhist Church of Hawaii members use the teachings of Ekayana Buddhism and the wisdom found in the Three-fold Lotus Sutra to guide their daily lives. We were founded to combine traditional teaching with everyday application to help a modern world find peace and harmony. Our members are playing the flute, bell and drum to create a rhythmic chant that the members raise and twirl the matoi around with. Twirling the matoi atop a roof of a burning building was used in Edo period Japan to spur on the Japanese firefighters into working their hardest to put out the many fires that plagued the cities.

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Hawaii Mikoshi

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Hawaii Izumo Taisha Mikoshi is a privately own Mikoshi (not associated with Izumo Taishakyo Mission of Hawaii). Members are made up of O’Mikoshi enthusiast from Hawaii, Rafu Mutsumi Kai of Los Angeles, Waipahu H.S. Japanese Club, and from other Mikoshi Clubs from throughout Japan. Accompanying music is provided by Kenny Endo’s “Taiko Center of the Pacific”. Anyone is welcome to participate in this group as long as you have the love for the O’Mikoshi.

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MCT Friends of Jazz Peace Concert

Music Performance

Mihoko Maier is founder of Jazz Peace Concert. Praying for World peace through Jazz for over 10 years, Mihoko is accompanied by Emmy award winner composer, Camara Kambon, who moved to Hawaii recently and with bassist, Tommy Hamasu, also a composer visitng from LA.

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Kiyoko Hattori

Music Performance

My name is Kiyoko Hattori from the town of Oguni in Nagaoka City, famous for the Nagaoka Fireworks. I have visited Honolulu several times to join the events that promote the friendship between Niigata and Hawaii, but this is my first time at the Honolulu Festival. I will perform Japanese songs for the people of Hawaii.

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KASUYA Six Town Koryu Quilt No Kai

Craft/Demonstration

We are a group of quilt enthusiasts from six towns in Kasuya County, Fukuoka. Our goal is to revitalize our local community through quilt making. Our annual quit exhibition attracts over 1,000 guests.

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Doyo Chorus Utanakama

Music Performance

Our chorus group is composed of ladies in their 60s to 80s. They join our group to promote their health and make new friends, where they sing together, laugh together and create a great chorus! Our members practice under the motto of “Learning for Life.”

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UMAIMON KOUSHIEN

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“Umaimon Koshien” is the most delicious food competition for high school in Japan which is the 6th event in this year. Three high school students of Miyagi Agricultural high school in Miyagi prefecture took the first prize. As a special program of Umaimon Koshien, the students come to Honolulu “Shirokiya” and release the menu in a limited quantity. It sounds yummy!! Please visit and try it!!