Maui Matsuri Kick-Off

The first event of each year’s Matsuri celebrations is our annual Kick-Off Celebration held at Queen Kaahumanu Center. The event, which is free to the public, will be held on Friday, April 27, 2018 and features taiko (Japanese drumming), classical and folk dancing from Maui’s local Japanese practitioners, a coloring contest sponsored by Sanrio Kaahumanu, and other entertainment. The evening concludes with an opportunity for all to participate in a practice session of Japanese Bon dancing. Beginners are encouraged to jump in to learn! We’ll be sharing those dances again the following week at the Maui Matsuri Festival!


  • Opening by Zenshin Daiko
  • Intro by MC Japanese Cultural Society Scholarship Presentation
  • Dance by Nakayama Minyo Kai
  • Dance by Mika Shin Buyo Kai
  • Introduction of Gannenmono Celebration
  • Dance by Maui Minyo Kai
  • Maui Matsuri Business Award presentation
  • Dance by Maui Buyo Dance Academy
  • Cosplay Demonstration by Baldwin HS Manga-Anime-Game Club
  • Announcement from Hawaii Nikkei Legacy Photographic Exhibit
  • Dance by Nakayama Minyo Kai
  • Winner of Sanrio Kaahumanu Coloring Contest Announced
  • Taiko Performance by Kris Bergstrom
  • Obon Dance Practice with Maui Taiko, Maui Minyo Kai and Nakayama Minyo Kai
  • Nakayama Minyo Kai
  • Nadine Yamamura

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