Film: Ryukyu Battle Royale

This year’s 33rd HIFF will feature a film shot on location in Okinawa titled “Dancing Karate Kid (Ryukyu Battle Royale)”. The film is directed by Tsukasa Kishimoto and stars former Johnny’s Jr. idol Joey Beni, gravure idol Yui Koike, and karateka Akihito Yagi. Synopsis from HIFF’s website by Jason Musni Soeda: Ken Sawamura is a …

Event: Special Eisa Concert: Naha Daiko & Chinagu Eisa Hawaii with Singer Ikeda Suguru

Chinagu Eisa Hawaii is a local eisa drum group that I have been a fan of for some time. They perform a contemporary style of eisa. The symbol of the group is the kanji “kizuna,” which means strong emotional bonds. For the group, it represents the connection between generations of drummers, between Okinawa and Hawaii, …

Champuru featured on Channel808’s bon dance video

Champuru.net: I was recently interviewed by Melissa Chang of Nonstop Honolulu / Hawaii IRL to talk about bon dancing. David, president of the Young Okinawans of Hawaii, and I had a great time chatting with Melissa. Enjoy! There are a couple of videos up so be sure to check out Channel808’s YouTube channel. And so …

Event: Tamagusuku Ryu Senjukai Hawaii Frances Nakachi Ryubu Dojo 15th Anniversary

On Sunday, 10 June 2012, 2:00 PM at Orvis Auditorium in the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus. Tickets are available for pre-sale at $20.00 and will be $25.00 at the door. More information at senjukaihawaii.com. (h/t Shari)

Event: Washita Ichiman | Our Itoman: Okinawan Songs and Dance

Two shows (2:30 PM and 7:30 PM) on Saturday, 9 June 2012, at the Doris Duke Theatre (Honolulu, Hawaii). Tickets can be purchased online at the Honolulu Museum of Arts’ website: The cultural heritage of the 500-year-old Okinawan fishing village Itoman comes to life when Ukwanshin Kabudan presents Washita Ichiman: Our Itoman. Tomoko Uehara (lead …

Event: 2nd Eisa Drum Festival in Hawaii

WHAT? 2nd Eisa Drum Festival WHEN? Saturday, May 12, 2012 TIME? 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm WHERE? Great Lawn, Kapiolani Community College Kapiolani Community College and the Office of Student Activities are pleased to announce that the 2nd Eisa Drum Festival will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2012 on the Great Lawn at the …