Teaching visit by Hanayagi Tomo-sensei

In order to keep our ties to our head schools in Japan strong, HDAHF is privileged to host teachers from Japan on a regular basis. This year, Hanayagi Tomo-sensei offered private dance lessons, not only to our two students studying to take their natori tests, but also to the other students and natori of HDAHF. On Saturday, she also taught two group lessons, one to the children and one to the adults, on perfecting some of the basic movements of the Hanayagi school seen in many dances. Tomo-sensei’s attention to details, clear explanations, and precise movements were both informative and inspirational, for which we can only say, domo arigato-gozaimashita! And to all the students and natori who studied with her, otsukaresama!

Bryson, Tomo-sensei, Stacie

4th of July Celebration Parade

On July 3, 2011, HDAHF participated in the City and County of Honolulu’s Inaugural City 4th of July Celebration Parade!

Hi Everyone,
Thank you all for your participation in the Mayor’s Fourth of July Celebration parade!!!! Our Hanayagi Dancing Academy Hawaii Foundation’s 21 member marching unit did GREAT!!!!! (It’s been a long time since I’ve been in a parade, and I can’t remember it being so much FUN!!!! I think that I was talking and laughing continuously to Mitsuemi-san next to me 🙂 )

Thank you to:

  • Craig Nakahara – For getting our attractive banner! I’m sure that we will use it for many other events!
  • Reverend Takizawa and Irene – For allowing us to get ready and have our “after parade” zippack meal at the shrine.
  • Itsue-sensei – For having her relatives cut (from Pali Hwy.) and deliver the bamboo stalks for our Tanabata sasa.
  • Mitsuai-sensei – For organizing the origami folding for the sasa and for the yummy snacks…and marching too.
  • Bryson (our Hanayagi Zippy’s guy) – For ordering the zippacks and pies..and marching too.
  • Mikami-sensei – For picking up our meal, even if she didn’t walk with us.
  • Stacie – For making the bus arrangements, helping to care for Jaeden, and marching too.
  • Paul and Clark – For being our banner carriers – you dads represented our school well – right up front!
  • Judy and Kaitlyn – Our youngest student with her mom! The crowd loved little Sau Yan’s continuous wave!
  • Kris, Dorthea, and Katherine – Such a great family to have with us!
  • Yuki, Katie, and Jill – You folks were our pretty young ladies that the crowd kept taking pictures of!
  • Masa – Yeah…you made it!!!! Even with mask that the little children in the crowd loved:) We missed you after at the shrine.
  • Kristi and little Jaeden – Thank you for joining us! Jaeden was a trooper – even with the long wait!
  • Jensen – For taking pictures along the parade route of our group.
  • Mitsuemi-sensei – For being next to me and reminding me to – not “bunch up” to Mari:)

I appreciate everyone’s patience as we had to wait for 2 hours at DeRussy. (I followed the instructions too well;)

Again, Minasama…Domo Arigao Gozimaishita!!!!!

Hanayagi Mitsutamae


More 4th of July Celebration Parade pictures