DATE: Sunday, July 12, 2015
TIMES: 1 pm (Matinee) & 6 pm (Evening).  Shows are 2 hours long.
LOCATION: Hawaii Okinawa Center
COST: $30 (regular), $100 (Super Supporter) Tickets

Drums of Hope: Like the beat of our hearts, the beat of the drum can be a powerful force. The Eisa Drum Festival and Daiichi Hirata are pleased to announce a new show called “Drums of Hope.” This production brings together drummers from Hawaii, Okinawa, and Fukushima. This show tells a story of how culture can provide the light we need to get through some of our darkest times. With Daiichi Hirata directing, this is going to be amazing!

This is a video of the finale of the 3rd Eisa Drum Festival, which gives an idea of what the finale of Drums of Hope will be like: http://bit.ly/1GJ9WmG

Eisa Fest 1 | Eisa Fest 2 | Eisa Fest 3 | Eisa Fest 4

Performers: Hawaii performers include Chinagu Eisa Hawaii, Hawaii Okinawa Creative Arts, Nuuanu Shorin Ryu Karate and Tamagusuku Ryu Senjukai Hawaii. Special guests: Kumu Michael Pili Pang and Halau Hula Ka No’eau.

From Okinawa acclaimed chanter and musician Daiichi Hirata and members of his academy will be performing, as well as Souka Kariyushi, the recipients of the 2014 Aloha Spirit Award and 3rd place winners of the Worldwide Eisa Festival competition. From Fukushima, there will be the taiko drummers of Team Ibuki.

Kazufumi Miyazawa, the lead singer of world famous rock group The Boom, is our special guest performer! He and Daiichi will debut a new song they wrote for this show. Miyazawa performing Shima Uta: https://youtu.be/5daDtOHE8WI

Cost: General admission tickets are $30 and Super Supporter Tickets are $100.

With the Super Support ticket you get a $55 tax deduction, parking pass at the center, early entry and a reserved seat. We’re selling these tickets to defray the costs of bringing in performers from Okinawa and Japan. If you have questions about these tickets, please email me at: pigsfromthesea@gmail.com

Where to Purchase Tickets: Tickets will be available at the Hawaii Okinawa Center (808.676.5400) and A Little Bit of Everything (808.589.0045) in downtown.

You can also mail a check to the Hawaii Okinawa Center have your tickets waiting at Will Call the day of the event. Please include a phone number, make out the check to “HUOA” and indicate which show you want tickets for. HUOA, 94-587 Ukee Street, Waipahu, Hawaii 96797

Part of proceeds will support the Hawaii United Okinawa Association which is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Hawaii Okinawa Center. We also hope to help out in Fukushima by purchasing drums for community youth organizations so that culture can shine a light for them in still dark times.

Additional information and updates can be found at: www.facebook.com/eisahawaii