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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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.

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

Maizome 2010

HDAHF’s annual Maizome was again held at the Mission Memorial Auditorium in Honolulu on January 30, 2010. Maizome is the first performance of the new year and students, along with a few of the teachers, show off the skills they have learned over the last year.

The Shamisen Experience

On Saturday, August 22, Hanayagi Dancing Academy – Hawaii Foundation was honored to present ‘The Shamisen Experience,’ featuring Grand Master Kineya Sakichi VII along with top artists from the Kineya School of Nagauta and Shamisen Japan and HDAHF students. Most pieces were classical but there was also a special Hawaiian-Japanese fusion piece in honor of “our host culture.”

The shamisen is a traditional Japanese three-string instrument with a slender, un-fretted neck and a rounded rectangular body covered with skin to amplify the sound of the strings. Its three strings though traditionally made of silk are most often now made of nylon. The lowest string passes over a small hump at the ‘nut’ end creating a characteristic buzz known as sawari, much like the jawari sound of a sitar. One coaxes music from the shamisen with a large weighted plectrum called a bachi. More photos here.