SPEED to go on nationwide tour

Having reunited in August of last year and with a new single (“S.P.D.”) to be released on the 27th of this month, the girls of SPEED have announced a nationwide tour—their first in eight years—beginning September 5, 2009, in Aichi Prefecture and concluding on October 14, 2009, at the Nippon Budokan. (Via Yahoo! Japan.)

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. …

Mark this date: 2/14/09 Ukulele Picnic in Hawaii

One of my favorite artists of both Okinawan and Hawaiian music is Keith Nakaganeku (with his band Calabash) and I got a tip that he’ll be performing along with his friend Masaru Shimabukuro (BEGIN‘s guitarist) at this year’s Ukulele Picnic 2009 in Hawaii on Saturday, February 14, 2009. He’ll be singing “Nada Sou Sou” and …

Special guest this Wednesday at OTW

Off the Wall chef Grant “Sandaa” Murata sensei (of the Afuso Ryu Gensei Kai Hawaii) emailed to let us know that they have a special guest this Wednesday (10/15) at the restaurant. The special guest is a friend of his who lived in Hawaii about 30 years ago and often performed at the old Club …

Off the Wall to feature live Okinawan music!!!

Off the Wall Originally uploaded by Champuru Watch, enjoy and listen to live Okinawan music every 1st and 3rd Wednesday night of the month at Off the Wall (Aiea, Hawaii). (From their email newsletter—nifee deebitan to Sandaa-sensei for the tip!): Join us this coming Wednesday, September 17, at OFF THE WALL BAR for LIVE OKINAWAN …

Tamagusuku Ryu Senjukai Frances Nakachi Ryubu Dojo to celebrate 10th anniversary on 11/16/2008

I had a chance to chat with Frances Nakachi-sensei, director of the Tamagusku Ryu Senjukai Frances Nakachi Ryubu Dojo, this weekend at the Okinawan Festival and found out that her dance troupe will be celebrating their 10th anniversary with a performance at the Hawaii Theatre on November 16, 2008 (Sunday) at 2 PM. More information …

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 …

Okinawan Festival is just around the corner!

I hope all of you are enjoying your summer vacation and as July comes to a close, coming up in August will be the Okinawan Festival at Kapiolani Park (Honolulu, Hawaii)! This year is the 26th for the festival and it’ll take place on the weekend of 8/30 to 8/31. More information on the festival …

Update on BEGIN

I received information from CDJapan on an upcoming — yet-to-be-named — single by BEGIN and noticed that quite some time has passed since I last posted an entry on our favorite O-pop band. The new single is set to be released on June 25 and will be the band’s first new release of 2008. Prior …

“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 …