Daijingu Temple of Hawaii

On Sept. 11, 2011, Hisamatsu Akemi (odori), Kineya Sakio-sensei (shamisen), and Hanayagi Mitsutamae-sensei represented HDAHF at the Daijingu Temple of Hawaii’s Autumn Festival service in Honolulu.

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

JCCH Children’s Day 2011

HDAHF performed at the Japanese Cultural Center’s Children’s Day festival again this year. Five of our younger dancers performed performed and there was a shamisen piece performed by two sensei and three students. Well done everyone!!

Yuuyake Koyake ~Sau Yan

Usagi to Kame ~ Miki Mei

Kaguya Hime ~ Kiyoko

Sakura Otome ~ Mayumi and Hiromi

Oimawashi ~ Kineya Sakio, Yukiko, Kenji, Akemi, Kineya Samei

Mokapu Elementary Spring Carnival

On April 2, 2011, Mokapu Elementary PTA hosted its 3rd Annual Spring Carnival located on the Marine Corps Base in Kailua and HDAHF was invited to perform.

Maizome 2011

On Saturday, March 12, 2011, the Hanayagi Dancing Academy— Hawaii Foundation put on is annual maizome, or recital, continuing a tradition that started when the school was first establish by Hanayagi Mitsuaki in 1947. Dancers and shamisen players, students and natori alike put on fabulous performances of the skills they have learned over the past year. The event was held at the Mission Memorial Auditorium in Honolulu, Hawaii and consisted of 20 dances and 4 shamisen pieces. This year, Akemi Hata and Teruo Goda received their Hisamatsu natori names: Hisamatsu Akemi and Hisamatsu Teruo. Kenji Burke was awarded a sophomore certificate for shamisen. A total of 26 performers took the stage and many other parents and natori helped out behind the scenes to make this year’s maizome a resounding success! Otsukare!       More pictures here.

Yuuyake Koyake

Oretachi no Hana

Ohana Festival 2011

Monday, January 9th was the annual Ohana Festival at the Japanese Cultural Center in Honolulu. Seven of HDAHF’s students (with the help of several parents and natori!) got dolled up and danced at the outdoor stage 🙂  More pictures here.


Christmas Party 2010

Thank you to all the students, teachers, friends, and family who came to socialize at the annual HDAHF Christmas party! Good food, socializing, and party games were enjoyed by all. Special thanks to everyone who worked to prepare for the event 🙂

Autumn Festivals

HDAHF was asked to entertain at three different Autumn Festivals this season. First was Daijingu Temple of Hawaii on 9/12/2010 and later in the month at our own Kotohira Jinsha on 9/26/2010. Finally, we were asked to perform at Izumo Taisha on 10/10/2010 where we haven’t been for a few years.





Navy SEALs

July 10 – On Friday, Teruo, Erika, Sumiko, Miki Mei, and Kiyoko  performed for the Navy SEALs “Multi-Cultrual Day” event at their Pearl City headquarters. Our students performed under the bright sun for an audience of about 300 people!

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