Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko HawaiiMusic Performance
Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko originated in Okinawa in 1982, combining traditional Eisa and Karate forms with contemporary influences and music to create a new and unique taiko style. RMD remains headquartered in Okinawa, however, the club has grown tremendously and now includes chapters all around the world. Our own Hawaii chapter was founded by Akemi Martin-sensei and includes branches on Oahu, Kauai and the Big Island.
Dance Junction HawaiiMusic Performance
Dance Junction Hawaii was established in 2005 and has dancers ages 5-18 who perform various styles of dance such as jazz, lyrical, contemporary, pom and funk. Dance Junction Hawaii has travelled to California, Washington, Texas and Japan for competition and has been awarded several national and internationl titles.
Karlie GoyaMusic Performance
Karlie at the age of 15 has won numerous ukulele/vocal competitions such as the prestigious Ukulele International Contest, Duke’s Ukes, and the 2015 Brown Bags to Stardom. Karlie is also recognized as a songwriter winning the Hawaii Book & Music Festival’s Songwriting Competition and a semifinalist for the 2017 International Songwriting Competition. Karlie performs a wide range of genres such as traditional/contemporary Hawaiian, Pop, R&B, and Japanese. Karlie’s unique soulful voice surprises many the first time they hear her.
Hakuoh University Handbell ChoirMusic Performance
We are the handbell choir from Hakuoh University in Oyama, Tochigi. We have travelled to Hawaii to give a performance 27 times so far, and this is the second time we join the Honolulu Festival. We will perform with 7-octave bells ranging in weight from a little over half a pound to 15 pounds, along with 5-octave chimes.
Lau KaukaniMusic Performance
In Hawaiian language, lau means “leaf” and kaukani means “thousand.” We named our hula team Lau Kaukani “thousand leaves” as it is the literal translation of Chiba, our hometown in Japan.
Madoka No kaiMusic Performance
“Enjoyment for Everyone” is the motto of Madoka no Kai, a Japanese folk song school based in Osaka. The students and teachers of the school practice diligently under this philosophy.This special performance for the Honolulu festival will feature a mother and daughter duet by the current head of the school, Shouju Madoka, and the future successor, Anju Madoka
Folk Song Group YukikkoMusic Performance
Folk Song Group Yukikko consists of amateur performers with diverse backgrounds who play Tsugaru shamisen and sing folk songs. It is our second time to join the Honolulu Festival, and we will perform a folk song from Aomori accompanied by shamisen. Enjoy!
Royal Hawaiian BandMusic Performance
Since its establishment in 1836 under King Kamehameha III, Royal Hawaiian Band have been participating in all the main events in Hawaii.
Japan High School of MusicMusic Performance
We are a private school for girls with four specialized programs: Early Childhood Education, Music, Ballet and Theater Arts. The mission of our school is the integration of arts and intelligence, and our students are learning and practicing hard to that end. As a part of their school trip, all the sophomore students will have a stage performance at the Honolulu Festival.