Spotlight on Taiko with Kenny Endo

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2020 AT 2 PM – 3 PM UTC-10

Sunday Spotlight on Taiko (Japanese Drums) with Kenny Endo
Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 2 PM – 3 PM UTC-10
Public · Hosted by East-West Center Arts Program
Online Event
Kenny shares insights about the art of taiko – highlighting instruments in the EWC exhibition – its cultural contexts, and the confluence of tradition and innovation, along with performance excerpts and demonstration.
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Due to COVID-19, the EWC Gallery remains closed to the public until further notice. However, we are happy to host our virtual Sunday Spotlight series in conjunction with the current exhibition “Musical Instruments: Sounds of the Asia Pacific” (extended through December 20, 2020). The exhibition features Asia-Pacific musical instruments from the Ethnomusicology Instrument Collection at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Music Department.All Sunday Spotlight programs will be presented on Sundays at 2:00 p.m. (Hawai‘i Standard Time) via Zoom. Programming will include conversations and musical demonstrations by Hawai‘i-based artists, illustrated talks, panel discussions, and an instrument-making workshop for families, culminating in a live-streamed performance event in honor of Professor Emerita Barbara B. Smith on December 20. Attendance is free, but registration is required.

Please register here to attend the event:

Kenny Endo & TCP CONCERT LIVE STREAMING Friday, September 18, 2020 – Postponed

Postponed due to Mayor Caldwell and Governor Ige’s mandates regarding gatherings. When a date becomes confirmed, we shall inform you.

Due to social distancing and the global pandemic, this concert will be live-streamed ONLY. NO audience members on site in the concert hall. Stay tuned for details!

Autumn Reflections, honoring William P. Malm, professor emeritus of the University of Michigan and American musicologist known for his studies of Japanese traditional music; AND Barbara B. Smith, professor emeritus of the University of Hawaii and ethnomusicologist instrumental in introducing ethnic music classes into the UH Music Department.

Guest artists include: Noel Okimoto (drums, vibes), Dean Taba (bass), Todd Yukumoto (sax), and Sheenru Yong (dance). Taiko Center of the Pacific artists include: Kirstin Pauka, Eric Chang, Sho’on Shibata Elizabeth Mager, and Lani Villanueva.

Summer Session II ONLINE Classes August 2-30, 2020

Taiko Center of the Pacific continues to offer classes ONLINE through Summer Session I – July 6 – August 2. Class schedule is as found below. We hope you will consider joining us from anywhere across the globe!


Family Taiko, Youth Beginning I Taiko, Youth Beginning II Taiko, Youth Intermediate Taiko, Youth Performing Group Trainees, Youth Performing Group, Adult Beginning I Taiko


Adult Beginning I Taiko “Nice & Easy,” Adult Intermediate Taiko


Adult Beginning II Taiko, “Drills for Skills”