25th Annual Honolulu Festival March 8-10, 2019
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2006 Miyagi

Hui Lehua

Hula

We really enjoy dancing hula, one of the prominent traditions of Hawaii. We are hoping to promote friendship between Hawaii and Japan through our activities in learning and dancing hula. We will be blessed to dance hula in Hawaii, the birthplace of this graceful custom, feeling the tropical breezes on our bodies and filling our minds.

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Kinshukai Saitama Branch

Dance/Performance

Kinshukai is a music-educational organization with a mission to promote taisho-koto. This is the first participation from Saitama Branch. Please enjoy the sound of taishogoto, which was invented in Japan.

2006 Iwate

Shishi Odori Deer Dance Performance

Dance/Performance

The Deer Dance is the Iwate prefecture’s most famous performing art and is recognized as the Intangible Folk Customs and Cultural Asset. Performers wear a deer head with horns, and their backs are covered by an overcoat called “Sasara.” While vigorously beating a drum tied on to their waists, they sing and dance in a grand fashion.

2006 Tokyo

Waseda University “Odori Zamurai”

Dance/Performance

This naruko (castanets) dance team is led by Waseda University students. Their powerful energy isn’t confined to Japan–they will burst with vigor in Hawaii. Each dancer’s facial expression is a must-see.

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Traditional Entertainment Nankintamasudare Kyoto Netsuaikai

Dance/Performance

We are a senior volunteer group practicing Nankintamasudare in Kyoto. Members are all cheerful, fun, and energetic. We will present our tamasudare performance with our original music, so please enjoy the show.

2006 Tokyo

Alchemist

Dance/Performance

In 1997, Keita Ijiri and Shotaro Konya teamed up as the “Alchemist.” From the first moment Shotaro sang a song to Keita’s piano, they made a perfect duo. Since then, their journey of searching for their “alchemy of music” continues.

2006 Kanagawa

Halau Hula O Kaiolohia

Hula

Hula’s popularity has boomed in Japan, Cultural exchange has been taken to an even higher level through performances of this elegant dance.

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Sensho Mai no Kai

Dance/Performance

The Sensho Mai no Kai was founded in pursuit of promoting traditional Japanese dance 50 years ago. Their dance style is based on classic Japanese technique, but they also explore creative choreography.

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Tsugaru Shamisen Oyama-kai

Dance/Performance

The Koyama School of Tsugaru Shamisen celebrates the 48th year since its foundation. Many bright musicians belong to the School, and they play not only traditional Minyo folk songs, but also various other musical genres.

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Harp Ensemble Dolce

Dance/Performance

The Harp Ensemble Dolce will perform a mini concert of harp music.Please enjoy their rendition of Japanese songs, Hawaiian songs and other well-known songs on the harp.