Kyle Chew, an active performer around Hawaii, joins Maui Matsuri on stage performing on shakuhachi and shinobue – two kinds of Japanese flutes. Under the guidance of Grand Master Riley Lee, Kyle primarily focuses his studies on the traditional shakuhachi music known as Honkyoku. He has performed at numerous events through Maui, Kauai, and Oahu, including regularly here for us at Maui Matsuri. Kyle’s passion for his art has been demonstrated through helping organize the 2014 Kauai Shakuhachi Festival, and he additionally enjoys practicing shodo, Japanese calligraphy.(Back)

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For the Sake of the Children

The Kanji characters Kodomo No Tame Ni translates to "For the Sake of the Children". A perpetual theme for this festival, the focus is to provide an environment for families to share and learn about the Japanese culture and pass down traditions. Ancestors came here for a better life not only for themselves but for their children and for generations to come. In this spirit, we end the festival with a traditional obon dance which encourages all ages, all religious denominations, and all ethnicities to come together to dance in honor of all ancestors.

 

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