Save the Date: Saturday, October 24, 2009

Shari Tamashiro (All Things Okinawan) emailed about an event she’s organizing for Saturday, October 24, 2009, in Hawaii:

I am organizing a FABULOUS program featuring award-winning storyteller Alton Chung, with performances by Derek Ichiro Shiroma and Frances Nakachi. We will be doing two shows: Nuchi du Takara at 1 pm and Okinawan, Japanese and Hawaiian ghost stories at 7 pm.

I’ll update this post with more information as it becomes available.

Way to go Shari!

Update: Ukulele Picnic 2009 in Hawaii


I posted an entry a couple of weeks ago about the upcoming Ukulele Picnic 2009 in Hawaii concert and it looks like we have a time slot for Keith Nakaganeku and BEGIN’s Masaru Shimabukuro. The special collaboration between these two amazing musicians is set to take the stage from 3:10 PM for a 15-minute set.

Another act worth checking out (well, they’re all worth watching but this artist crosses over to J-pop too) is Ayano Tsuji who is scheduled to perform at 4:45 PM. A popular song of the artist’s, “Kaze ni naru” from the Studio Ghibli film “The Cat Returns,” can be found below.

(Nifee deebitan for the update, Keith!)

Off the Wall’s “Experience the flavors of Japan and Okinawa tasting”

Off the Wall Restaurant & Bar (Aiea, Hawaii) is becoming a happening place with live Okinawan music on Wednesday nights and now they have a new event coming up this Friday, September 26, 2008. From their newsletter:

Experience the Flavors Japan and Okinawa Tasting

Join us on Friday, September 26, for the first event of a 3-part series to try five great makers of Asian beverages.

Off the Wall Restaurant & Bar, SWAM (Shiroma’s Wine and More) and The Cherry Company present a unique casual tasting of Orion Beer and Shimauta awamori from Okinawa, Iichiko shochu, Hana-flavored sake by Takara, and Kikusui Brewing Co. sake. Great tasting pupus provided by Off the Wall Executive Chef “Sandaa.” Order the items you taste at a great price from SWAM fine wines and get a jump on gift giving!

Date: Friday, September 26, 2008

Time: Starts at 8:30pm till whenever!

Place: Off the Wall Restaurant & Bar

Located at the Pearl Kai Shopping Center (across from Sears in the Pearlridge Shopping Center)
98-199 Kamehameha Hwy., B-10
Aiea, Hawaii 96701

Tickets: $25 pre-sale and $30 at the door (includes 5 drink tickets and complimentary pupus)

Limited edition t-shirts are for our cost $10 pre-sale.

Contact: Kyle or Sandaa at OFF THE WALL RESTAURANT & BAR: 486-9255, or Jill @ SWAM: 487-7926.

Don’t miss out on this great tasting!! Tickets are limited!!