25th Annual Honolulu Festival March 8-10, 2019
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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.

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.

2006 Kanagawa

Hula Hands

Hula

Hula Hands demonstrates the art of hula, a dance of beauty and gracefulness that has taken Japan by storm.

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Kaine

Dance/Performance

We are surfers and musicians from Shonan where surfing and rock’n roll are our way of life. Our musical style is called “New Island Style Rock.” We will play the Ukulele, which has recently gained huge popularity in Japan.

2006 Akita

Japanese Antique Cloth Patchwork

Craft/Demonstration

Silk kimonos that were forgotten for years in a warehouse, indigo-dyed wrapping cloth that must have covered the bride’s belongings, full length inner-wear made of muslin; we will create artworks using such items.

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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.

2006 Tokyo

Kahula O Hawaii Kosai Class

Hula

With the sounds of a gentle Hawaiian melody playing in the background, these performers will tell a beautiful story for festivalgoers through the hula.

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Utsukushima Fukushima Koto No Kai

Dance/Performance

The typewriter inspired the invention of a unique Japanese musical instrument, the Taisho-koto. Please enjoy traditional music played on the Taisho-koto.

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 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.