Maizome 2013

HDAHF had its annual Maizome, or first dance of the year, on March 2,2013 at the Mission Memorial Auditorium.

Congratulations!  Omedeto Gozaimasu!

“Minasama taihen otsukare sama deshita.” Thank you all for all your hard work today. “Okage sama de” we had a successful Maizome. It was due to everyone’s efforts and support that we had a very good event today.

A special “Arigato Gozaimasu” to our great MCs, Bethany, Will and Saritsu-san…thank you for a great job and for jumping in to help each other. Thank you Mitsuyasu-san for helping to coordinate this year’s Maizome and for doing a great job!

“Otsukare sama deshita” to Itsue-sensei, Mitsutamae-sensei, Mitsujyuro-san, Mitsuakemi-san, Mitsuemi-san, Mikami-san, Mitsuasa-san, Mitsukane-san, Renee C., Lynn H., Linda G., Milton K., Gordon H., Craig N. who all helped with the prepping, coordinating and backstage/on stage assistance….etc.

Congratulations to all the performers for doing a great job! All your okeiko paid off!! Thank you to all the parents, spouses, family and friends for their huge support and help! Omedeto Gozaimasu to Hanayagi Mitsuakemi, Hisamatsu Mari, Bethany S. and Will W. on being recognized for their accomplishments!

“Minasama korekara mo yoroshiku onegai shimasu”. I humbly ask for everyone’s continued support and help.

Arigato Gozaimashita
Hanayagi Mitsuai
Principal

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Cherry Blossom Festival

Saturday, February 9, 2013 – Windward Mall

This year, HDAHF was asked to entertain as part of the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival Court Introduction. The Festival serves to “perpetuate the Japanese culture in Hawaii and provide cultural training for women of Japanese ancestry.” We were very honored to take part!

Japanese Women’s Society’s “Friendship Tea”

THANK YOU to all of our HDAHF natori, students, and parents for your participation at the Japanese Women’s Society Foundation’s “Friendship Tea” event at Hale Pulama Mau on June 3, 2012! Bethany, Kaitlyn, Catherine, Dorthea, Cassie, Saritsu-san, Samei-san, and Mitsujyuro-san – you all were so-o-o good!!!   The members were very impressed with all of our students, and one member in particular kept asking how long each of our students have been taking dance lessons. She even asked of our young students – who their parents were, and commented that she could see how supportive they are 🙂  YES, that certainly is true!!!!

Hanayagi Mitsutamae
Principal

Kodomo no Hi – Keiki Fun Fest 2012

On  April 29, HDAHF performed at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i as part of the Kodomo no Hi – Keiki Fun Fest. The courtyard stage was quite blustery – but all of the dancers kept dancing despite the winds :)Thank you to Mitsuemi-sensei for taking care of the forms with JCCH, Mitsuai-sensei, Mikami-sensei and Samei-sensei for dressing our students and to all of our loyal parents and grandparent (Mitsuasa-sensei) who supported their children!

Domo arigatougozaimasu!
Hanayagi Mitsutamae
Principal

Maizome 2012

The Hanayagi Dancing Academy-Hawaii Foundation’s annual Maizome or first recital of the year was a great success! The performance was held on February 11, 2012 at the Mission Memorial Auditorium.

In addition to having shamisen and Nihon buyo performances by all of our current students, HDAHF was also proud to honor a few of of its students for their years of study with the Academy. The professional stage name of Hisamatsu Sumiko was bestowed on Sumiko Holmes for her achievements in dance. Senior Nihon buyo (dance) Certificates were awarded to Jill Ann Mari N. and Alyssa Erika F. Sophmore  Nihon buyo went to Sarah Chiemi H. Junior Shamisen Certificates went to Ally Akemi C. and Jill Ann Mari N. Sophomore Shamisen went to Yukiko S.

New Year’s ‘Ohana Festival 2012

As part of its New Year’s tradition, the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai’i rang in 2012 with its annual New Year’s ‘Ohana Festival on Sunday, January 8, 2012 . This fun-filled event featured food, crafts, entertainment and cultural demonstrations of the people who make up this island state. HDAHF performed a selection of dances and one shamisen piece!

 

Shichigosan Blessing

MAHALO to the natoris (Itsue-sensei, Mikami-sensei, Mitsuai-sensei, Mistuyasu-senseiMitsunayo-sensei, Mitsuemi-sensei, Mitsuasa-sensei), and also to our students (Teruo, Stacie, Erika, Bethany, Akemi) for assisting at Kotohira Jinsha’s Shichigosan from Oct. 17 – Nov. 20. On the last day of Shichigosan, Reverend Takizawa expressed his appreciation to all of the Hanayagi natoris and students, and Shinken Naitoh, President of the Board of Directors, presented our school with $2000. Domo arigato gozaumasu to Reverend Takizawa and Kotohira Jinsha for their very generous donation to us!!

United Japanese Society’s Memorial Service

Our principal, Hanayagi Mitsutamae-sensei represented HDAHF at the United Japanese Society’s Annual Memorial Service on Saturday, November 19 at the Honpa Hongwanji Mission on Pali Highway. This annual event is held to remember departed members. Both our Oshisho-san (Hanyagi Mitsuaki I) and Nidaime (Mitsuaki II) were recognized at the Memorial Service.

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
Principal

 
 

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

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