Seibun Tokuhara, Johnny Ginowan, hirara to perform at the Okinawan Festival in Honolulu, Hawaii

We’re just about two weeks away from the 27th annual Okinawan Festival held in Honolulu, Hawaii, and like every year the event features several guest artists/groups from Okinawa. Performing at this year’s event is utasaa (Okinawa folk singer) Seibun Tokuhara, one of the top musicians of Ryūkyū minyou and classical music in Okinawa, ukulele musician …

27th Annual Okinawan Festival in Honolulu, Hawaii

Wow, it’s already that time of year? This year HUOA‘s Okinawan Festival, its 27th year, will take place on September 5th and 6th. As always, it’s a great place to learn more about the Okinawan culture (you’ll still need to check-out Karakui.com for your pop culture fix, tho 😛 ) and other neat stuff like …

Mamoru Miyagi’s latest album “Shimakaze” released on 8/20/08

OkinawanFestival2008-4032 Originally uploaded by tiarehi Gosh, he was just here and he sounded great, didn’t he? Well, fans of his probably already know that he released a new album on 8/20/08 titled “Shimakaze.” The 12-track album features the single “Yunion (Union) desu kara!” (Image is from photog tiarehi on Flickr from this year’s Okinawan Festival …

Enjoy pictures from this year’s Okinawan Festival in Hawaii

So I didn’t live-blog this year’s Okinawan Festival but not to fret, there are pictures up on the Web that’ll make you feel as if you were there IRL. HonoluluAdvertiser.com (link: http://bit.ly/WpuIF) has a total of seven pics up here—several of the pics featuring Derek Ichiro Shiroma’s group Urizun’s performance on Saturday. starbulletin.com (link: http://bit.ly/4aVJ8G) …

Update on the upcoming Okinawan Festival in Hawaii

Gosh, how time flies as the 26th annual Okinawan Festival (Honolulu, Hawaii) begins this weekend. Like every year, we have special guest performers and this year we’ll have a chance to see Yaeyama singer-songwriter Mamoru Miyagi, newcomer Tatsuya Shimabukuro and a band called Tokonatsu Band that I took the time to track down today. Tokonatsu …

Tatsuya Shimabukuro to perform in Hawaii’s Okinawan Festival!

I blogged about Tatsuya Shimabukuro’s debut album several months ago and now I’m elated to hear that he’ll be performing at this year’s Okinawan Festival (Honolulu, Hawaii). He’s set to perform on Saturday, August 30, as part of the ROK segment as one of the winners of their Miuta Taisho competition. BBtv has footage (video …

Live blogging at the Okinawan Festival

Not sure if I’ll even have time to do this (I’m one of the performers for the festival), but I’m hoping that this’ll be the first year that I’ll be live-blogging from the HUOA Okinawan Festival. The festival, the 26th, will be held at Kapiolani Park (Honolulu, Hawaii) from Saturday 8/30 to Sunday 8/31. More …