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!

Palolo Kwannon Temple Anniversary

June 27 – HDAHF students Bryson, Stacie, and Alyssa performed at the 70th Anniversary celebration luncheon of the Palolo Kwannon Temple at the Ala Moana Hotel. In 1935, Rev. Kokan Matsumoto received his training and ordination at Aira Kwannon Temple in Kumamoto. Rev. Myosei Matsumoto received her training and ordination the following year at Aira Kwannon Temple. After the death of Rev. Kokan Matsumoto in 1944, Rev. Myosei Matsumoto served the temple until the return of her son, Bishop Chiko Matsumoto in 1958. In 1959, Rev. Myosei Matsumoto passed away. From 1958, Bishop Matsumoto ministered until his death in August 1986. Rev. Eshin Matsumoto, Bishop Chiko Matsumoto’s wife, has succeeded as the fourth head priest of Palolo Kwannon Temple.

Chinowa/Pet Blessing 2010

On June 6th, Kotohira Jinsha had it’s annual Pet Blessing and Chinowa Festival. Since the Jinsha has so many ties to us, many HDAHF teachers and students were on hand to help out with preparations, blessings, and selling omamori, or charms 🙂 We saw lots of cute dogs and cats, plus some birds, bunnies, hamsters, lizards, and even a (plush) unicorn! After getting blessed, visitors could not only buy refreshments for themselves but they also could pick up things like chicken flavored shave ice for their four-footed friends.

Kodomo no Hi 2010

May 3rd was Kodomo no Hi (Children’s Day) at the Japanese Cultural Center in Honolulu and 12 of HDAHF’s students performed at the event. Otsukare!

Kotohira Spring Taisai

HDAHF performed two dance pieces (Shin Fuji Musume and Men Asobi) and a shamisen piece (Nezumi Guruma) for the annual Spring Festival at Kotohira Jinsha.





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