Event: Tobe! Uta Sanshin 2010 in Hawaii

Tobe! Uta Sanshin 2010 in Hawaii charity concert for Hawaii Okinawa Center’s 20th anniversary. Concert takes place on Monday, March 29th at 7:00 PM. From the HUOA website:

We are pleased to announce that Terukina Sensei has chosen the Hawaii Okinawa Center to be the site of his 2010 Tobe Uta-sanshin in Hawaii! We are further humbled by his generosity to hold this concert to raise funds for the commemoration of the HOC’s 20th anniversary this year. The net proceeds of ticket sales for this concert will benefit the HUOA. Their donation will be designated for the Repair and Maintenance of our 20 year old Hawaii Okinawa Center. Terukina Sensei is coordinating the program for this engagement with his Hawaii Chapter President, Grant Sandaa Murata Sensei. The program will feature the Chapter’s members from Oahu many of whom have studied directly under Terukina Sensei and successfully competed and attained various awards in Okinawa.

Ticket information can be found on HUOA’s website: http://j.mp/d1czzn.

Download the flyer (PDF) here.

An Evening of Japanese and Okinawan Music and Dance – Hawaii

From the flyer:

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa · College of Arts & Humanities · Music Department presents

An Evening of Japanese and Okinawan Music and Dance

Saturday, October 17, 2009
7:30 p.m., Orvis Auditorium
$12 general admission, $8 students & seniors @ the door

A recital featuring instructors from UH Manoa’s ethnomusicology and dance programs, including:

Rev. Masatoshi Shamoto (gagaku)
Onoe Kikunobu (Japanese dance)
Cheryl Yoshie Nakasone (Okinawan dance)
Robert Herr (shakuhachi)
Darin Miyashiro (koto)
Norman Kaneshiro (Okinawan sanshin)

The concert includes traditional gagaku and bugaku, dances choreographed to classic koto/shamisen music, Okinawan classic and folk numbers, and a contemporary koto/shakuhachi duet.

(Nifee deebitan to Char for the info!)

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!

“Amawari, the Lord of Kimutaka Spirit” coming to Hawaii

From the flyer:

“Kimutaka no Amawari”
Lord of noble soul Kimutaka no Amawari is a Kumiodori musical performed by more than 100 junior and senior high school students from Katsuren, Uruma. It is the story of Amawari, Lord of Katsuren Castle in the days of war in Okinawa 550 years ago.

Date: Sunday, November 23, 2008
Time: 1 PM and 6 PM
Place: Hawaii Okinawa Center
Tickets & Information: Hawaii United Okinawa Association 808.676.5400.

Lecture-Demonstration: “Ryukyu Geino: The Legacy of Kin Ryosho”

There will be a Ryukyuan/Okinawan classical performing arts lecture-demonstration next month on Sunday the 12th from 3PM to 5PM at the University of Hawai‘i School of Architecture Auditorium. Admission is free!

From the flyer (download it here in PDF):

“Ryukyu Geino: The Legacy of Kin Ryosho,” a free public lecture-demonstration discussing the art and teachings of Master Kin Ryosho, will be presented on Sunday, October 12, 2008, from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at the UH Manoa School of Architecture Auditorium.

Master Kin Ryosho, one of the last links to the classical performing arts of the Ryukyuan Kingdom, was designated a National Living Treasure by the Japanese government for his knowledge of Kumi Udui, the 18th century classical Okinawan court dance drama.

The program will feature short lectures by Dr. Kathy Foley, University of California, Santa Cruz and Dr. Nobuko Ochner, University of Hawai‘i Manoa. Dances and demonstrations of Kumi Udui will be presented by the students of Cheryl Yoshie Nakasone, Lecturer in Okinawan Dance at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and director of the Hawai‘i chapter of Master Kin’s school, Jimpu Kai USA Kin Ryosho Ryukyu Geino Kenkyusho Hawai‘i Shibu.

Doors open at 2:30 PM. Seating is limited. Free parking is available under the School of Architecture building and on campus. Elevator for disabled guests can be accessed through the parking lot under the Architecture building.

This project was made possible through funding from the University of Hawai‘i Japan Studies Endowment and co-sponsored by the University of Hawai‘i’s Center for Japanese Studies and Center for Okinawan Studies.

(Nifee deebitan to Char for the info!)

Katsuko Teruya’s “Koto Rainbow” on October 26, 2008

Master Katsuko Teruya will be holding her 40th anniversary concert, “Koto Rainbow (Kutu Nuuji),” on Sunday, October 26, 2008. The concert will take place at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center and featured guests from Okinawa include Choichi Terukina (Afuso Ryu), Nozo Miyagi II (Miyagi Ryu) and Hiroko Akamine (president of the Ryukyu Sokyoku Koyo Kai). Guests from Hawaii include Yoshiko Nakasone (Hooge Kai Nakasone Dance Academy), Yoshie Nakasone (Kinryosho Geino Kenkyusho Hawaii Shibu) and Grant “Sandaa” Murata (Afuso Ryu Gensei Kai Hawaii Shibu).

“LooChoo nu Kwa” coming to Honolulu

Our successful and emotionally charged production of LooChoo nu Kwa will be coming to the Mamiya Theater, on the St. Louis/Chaminade Campus on Waiʻalae Ave, in Kaʻimuki on Sunday, August 24th, 2pm. Tickets are $25 general admission, and $20 seniors (60 and over), students (12 and under). Seats are limited so buy early as we are expecting a sellout event. Tickets are available through the Ukwanshin Kabudan, or by calling/online at, honoluluboxoffice.com, or 550-TIKS/550-8457. A service fee of $2.50 will be added to each ticket purchased online, or through HBO.

For more information, check out the original post over at the Ukwanshin Kabudan blog.

Okinawan music and dance performance: ‘Loochoo nu Kwa, Children of Loochoo’

Norman Kaneshiro-sensei emailed information on an Okinawan music and dance performance his group has lined up for March 28, 2008, a Saturday. Titled “Loochoo nu Kwa, Children of Loochoo,” the performance featuring the talented members of Ukwanshin Kabudan will be held at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (<rant>for those like me who are irritated by websites that resize your browser’s window, this is one of them</rant>). Ukwanshin Kabudan has a blog too! Way to go, guys. 🙂

For more information, download the poster and/or the synopsis (includes the artists’ profiles).