UHH Hosting 2019 Big Island Taiko Festival

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The UH Hilo Performing Arts Center presents the Big Island Taiko Festival 2019, featuring Taishoji Taiko, Puna Hongwanji Taiko Club, Kona Daifukuji Taiko and Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko of Kohala. The performances are Saturday, June 8, 2019, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, June 9, at 2 p.m.

The 2019 Big Island Taiko Festival is coming up. Courtesy photo.

This exhilarating weekend of vibrant drumming and physical choreography will bring together the
best of Big Island Taiko. Taishoji Taiko, under the direction of Chad Nakagawa was founded under the direction of Yoshihumi Ono at Taishoji Soto Mission in Hilo.

“Their energetic, dramatic style will have you feeling the rhythm right to your core!” said Lee Dombroski Performing Arts Center manager and festival producer.

The 2019 Big Island Taiko Festival is coming up. Courtesy photo.

The Puna Hongwanji Taiko Club, under the direction of Rev. Earl Ikeda and Paul Sakamoto was founded in 2003 by Rev. Ikeda as a community-focused group, with drummers of all ages and experience, striving to perpetuate taiko as a cultural and recreational activity. Kona Daifukuji Taiko,
was founded in 1988 by Rev. Tamiya and his wife and is comprised of youth from elementary through high school following the directions of their instructor, Akemi Iwamoto. Once again Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko from Kohala will round out the program. Imported from Okinawa and nurtured by Akemi Martin Sensi, the group now boasts over 100 active members across the Hawaiian Islands.

The 2019 Big Island Taiko Festival is coming up. Courtesy photo.


Their performance uniquely blends traditional and contemporary influences with tremendous energy and the thunderous sound of the taiko drums.

If you love Taiko don’t miss this exciting, fun filled event!

Tickets are general admission, $20 General, $15 Discount, & $7 UHH/HCC Students (with valid
ID) & Children 17 and under. Box Office hours are June 4 through 7: Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Call (808) 932-7490 and tickets are currently available online.

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