The Stage Performance of the Honolulu Festival offers splendid performances by the respective participating groups from various countries of the Asia-Pacific region every year.
It was held on Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4, 2012, at the Hawaii Convention Center, Ala Moana Center and Waikiki Beach Walk. There were traditional Japanese performing arts such as the taiko drum and Nankin Tamasudare (a traditional Japanese street performance). Also, the groups from Alaska and Australia performed their folk art, which was followed by the various dances such as hula and others.
The number of young participants is increasing every year and each of them gives a powerful performance with an up-tempo number. The friendliness of the locals and a relaxed atmosphere of Hawaii set the mood for the event.
Getappers, a group that consist of young students has participated for the first time. They performed a rare tap dance wearing the Japanese traditional foot wear called “geta”. The students wore a colorful kimono with a pair of geta which looked attractive. They danced lightly across the stage, where the tapping sounds echoed throughout the venue. The audience gave a big round of applause toward them. One of the local girls got excited and said ” Are they Japanese? They are very energetic!” In addition, Getappers talked in both Japanese and English which felt a sense of hope toward the young generation of Japan.
The Tokyo University of Foreign Studies Welina! performed a hula and Tahitian dance. All of the members were sophomores, which they started dancing since their freshman year. Despite of short experience, they gave such a stunning performance which the audience were excited and gave loud cheers.
There were Okinawan performing arts such as the Eisa drum dance and Okinawan shamisen since Okinawa has a historical connection with Hawaii. Every so often, many of the audience naturally started dancing to the sound of traditional Okinawan instruments. It makes us happy to see that a lot of elders were also dancing with their beaming smiles.
One of the great things about the Honolulu Festival is that the audience can participate in dancing and singing with the performers.
The audience were asked to follow the rhythm of a beating drum during the performance of Taiko Kozo. They clapped their hands and stomped their feet to create the rhythm. Gradually, the patterns of the beat became complex, which were difficult for the audience to follow. This interaction between the performers and the audience created laughter and a sense of joy among them.
Stay tuned for more various performances and traditional performing arts from all over the world!