“LooChoo nu Kwa, Children of LooChoo”, Coming to Maui

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Our production of LooChoo nu Kwa that we presented in Gushikawa, Okinawa this past summer will be performed in Maui at the Maui Arts & Culture Center on Friday, March 28th 7pm. Tickets are on sale at the box office or online at mauiarts.org. Cost for the show is $25 general admission or $20 for seniors and children. A facility fee of $2 will be added on to the total. For anyone wishing to attend from the outer islands, a special rate for hotel is available through us. Please contact Norman,nkaneshi@yahoo.com, or myself, udui@aol.com, for more information. The cast will be made up of Terry Higa sensei on taiko, Allison Yanagi(kuucho), Lynn Miyashiro(fwanso), Heather Shiroma(kutu), Norman Kaneshiro and Keith Nakaganeku sensei(sanshin), dancers, Shizue Afuso, Takako Miyazaki, Hitomi Takahashi, Keith Shimabukuro, Eric Wada, also, Jamie Oshiro(Narrator),Davin Kuwahara(grandson Kaleo). The story in the first part has been adjusted to English and to relate to the more local Hawai`i past. It is a very emotional and inspirational program that will leave you really thinking about your identity and how important it is to preserve and pass down one’s own heritage. Its not a message for Okinawns only as in this generation of fast paced life and technology, we tend to forget where we came from and how much we take for granted. Connecting our history and culture through the dances and music of the court, we hope to build a greater appreciation for the classical arts. We hope to see you there, and also send out our big Mahalo to the Okinawa community in Maui, especially the Maui Ryukyu Culture Group.

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