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Q&A: Eisa Drum Festival on Saturday

May 13th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Events, Music

This Saturday, the Eisa Drum Festival returns for its fourth year. The celebration of Okinawan music, dance and culture has grown larger and more diverse since 2010, and I wanted to get a behind-the-scenes view of its evolution. Lead organizer Shari Tamashiro is a friend as well as the “cybrarian” at Kapiolani Community College, which is […]

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Allstar Weekend Hits Hawaii Next Weekend

June 14th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 2 Comments · Events, Family, Music

I admit, I’m not exactly in the key demographic for “Allstar Weekend,” a band of shiny happy California guys that was catapulted to tween-to-teen stardom by The Disney Channel. But I am the father of a teenage girl, and she’s heard of them, and that’s got to count for something. The pop rock quartet —  San […]

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Two More Hawaii Projects Kickstarted

May 23rd, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 3 Comments · Events, Gadgets, Music, The Web

Thanks to crowdfunding service Kickstarter, and a lot of hard work and community support, two local projects met their fundraising goals last week and took a solid step toward reality. The delightfully simple Juicies project, which I profiled on Earth Day, blew past its $5,000 goal in only three days, and ended up with over […]

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Video: Eisa Drum Festival

May 16th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Events, Music, Video

The first ever (and hopefully annual) Eisa Drum Festival took place on Saturday on the Great Lawn of Kapiolani Community College. It was a great event, and lead organizer Shari Tamashiro — along with advisors Norman Kaneshiro and Derek Ichiro Shiroma, and countless other volunteers and performers — deserves a standing ovation for pulling it all […]

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Eisa Drum Festival on May 14

May 5th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 2 Comments · Events, Family, Music

Lovers of Okinawan drums won’t want to miss the first Eisa Drum Festival next Saturday at Kapiolani Community College. This special, evening event is bringing together several groups that practice and perform a variety of dances and drumming styles unique to Okinawa… plus a touch of Japanese taiko. Participating eisa groups are Chinagu Eisa Hawaii, […]

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‘Hawaii Five-0′ Band Competition Launched

September 13th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Music, Pop Culture, Television

As fans prepare to gather in Waikiki tonight for the “Sunset on the Beach” advance screening of the premiere episode of the new “Hawaii Five-0,” CBS has launched an online “Marching Band Mania” competition focused on the show’s iconic theme song. Over 40 bands from across the country have been invited to participate, including the […]

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“Hā” Celebrates First Birthday

August 15th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Art, Events, Family, Music, Social Media, Video

The “Breath of Life” blew out a big candle last night. One year ago, the Polynesian Cultural Center unveiled its new evening show, “Hā: Breath of Life.” The ambitious, 90-minute production took three years and $3 million to prepare. And by all accounts, it was worth it. The show staged its first anniversary performance this […]

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Return to Waikiki

August 5th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Art, Food, Music

It’s called “Return to Waikiki,” and like many things in Hawaii, its name has more than one meaning. The lu’au and cocktail show debuts Saturday with a special “VIP Opening Night,” and it’s a daring attempt to bring the magic back to the tourist Mecca: Return to Waikiki celebrates the incredible story of how Hawaiian […]

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Veterans to be Honored at Iolani Palace

June 4th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 2 Comments · Events, Family, Food, Music

A unique event will be held tomorrow at Iolani Palace, including live music, food booths, presentations, and  one of the first bon dances of the season. You can take a tour of the palace, enjoy local favorites like saimin and shave ice, savor special performances by ManoaDNA and ‘ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, and then dance into […]

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Waitiki Hits Honolulu

April 6th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Events, Hawaii, Music

Waitiki is a Boston-based musical collective, but their sound — dubbed “exotica” — is undeniably influenced by the islands. And the group will have its only public Honolulu performances of 2010 this week… two different shows with two different sounds in the city that inspired them. Founded by Hawaii-born bassist Randy Wong and Waipahu High School grad and […]

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