Join us online for some upcoming July Events!

We would like to share some upcoming online performances and workshops in the latter half of July! Please spread the word, and join us if you are able!

This masked crew will play on July 20 for Musical Mondays!

Monday, July 20
Musical Mondays
9:30 am
Japan Foundation Los Angeles
LIVE broadcast from Honolulu featuring
Kenny Endo and Taiko Center of the Pacific (Kenny Endo, Chizuko Endo, Sho’on Shibata, Elizabeth Mager)

Just go to JFLA’s Facebook page ( (You don’t need to have a Facebook account, just click the link above.)
*If you miss it, you can find it later on JF LA’s FB or our YouTube channel.

Friday, July 24
10:00 am
“The Art of Taiko,” a lecture/demonstration by Kenny Endo and Taiko Center of the Pacific
ZOOM Broadcast by Outreach College, University of Hawaii
Presented by AARP (American Association of Retired Persons)
JOIN the webinar:
Password: 431311

Friday, July 24
1 pm (Hawaii time); 4 pm (Pacific time)
Part II of a 2-part series class on ASL (American Sign Language) for TAIKO
Join nationally certified interpreter Inga Park-Okuna as she introduces American Sign Language useful to the taiko instructor.
Fee: $20 or donation (2 day course = $30)
ZOOM Register at:

Thursday, July 30
6:30 pm
“The Art of Taiko,” a lecture/demonstration by Kenny Endo and Taiko Center of the Pacific
ZOOM Broadcast by Outreach College, University of Hawaii
Presented by Manoa Public Library
For information about the performance visit, or call 808-956-8246.

Tyrone Nakawatase interviews our very own Chizuko Endo on “Talkin’ Taiko with Tyrone”

Chizuko Endo recently gave an interview on Episode 46 of the popular taiko podcast, “Talkin’ Taiko with Tyrone!” According to Tyrone’s Facebook page:

“In part 1, we get to hear about Chizuko’s first exposure to taiko in the mid 70s through Kinnara Taiko and then becoming a member of San Francisco Taiko Dojo. In the 1980s Chizuko lived in Japan and we find out that it Taiko was not the art form that drew her to Japan but something else…. listen to find out! As the 1990s started Chizuko found her way to Hawaii where she still lives today.”

Please have a listen to Parts I and II!

Summer Session I ONLINE Classes July 6 – August 2

These are challenging times for everyone….from covid19, an economic recession, police brutality, BLM movement, all the while trying to maintain healthy minds and bodies. We hope you are all staying safe and as healthy as can be.

Taiko Center of the Pacific will continue to offer classes ONLINE through Summer Session I – July 6 – August 2. Class schedule will remain the same as Spring Session III (see post below). Those who have continued to participate in the online classes during Spring Session III have found continued camaraderie, shared time to workout, and exercises to improve technique and be creative. We hope you will consider joining us from anywhere across the globe!

2019 photos of some of TCP’s lovely students, courtesy of Donna Ho

Please take a moment to check out “Minna no Chikara,” a piece written by instructor Sho’on Shibata for TCP’s Spring III Online session and performed his students!

CONGRATULATIONS to our YG Graduates!


Taylor Kong, Cailee Sasano, and Kaycee Nakashima!
Our awesome YG grads! They are too awesome!

This has been a particularly challenging time for the world over, but you persevered and achieved your academic goals.  We are so proud of you and all of your accomplishments!  You’ve inspired many with your talent, discipline, and good character.  Best Wishes to you in all your future endeavors!

SPRING III – ONLINE Classes May 3-June 29 NEW!!!

On April 22, Honolulu Mayor Caldwell extended the “stay at home” order through the end of May 2020 with modifications. As WMS is closed through the end of May, TCP taiko classes will be offered ONLINE during Spring III. NOTE: Spring III dates have been REVISED to: May 3-June 29 (8 lessons with NO classes on May 24 and 25 (Sunday & Monday of Memorial Day weekend).

Students who opted to roll Spring II tuition to Spring III do NOT need to RE-enroll as you will be automatically registered for Spring III. Thank you for your kokua!

NEW students around the globe are invited to join us!

Changes in Class Schedule:

Drills for Skills! a NEW class will be offered on Thursdays 6:30 pm

Katsugi Okedo is returning on Tuesdays at 6 pm

Adult Beginning I Tuesdays will be merged with the Sunday Adult Beginning I class at 1 pm.

Japanese Festival Music will be postponed until further notice

(2019 Bonenkai Photos Courtesy of Ronen Zilberman)

REGISTERED STUDENTS who would like to rent a practice tire & stand OR a dojo practice drum & stand should contact:

FULL SCHEDULE – Spring Session III May 3 – June 29 (8 weeks)

Taiko Tots – Sundays 3-3:40 pm ($120)

Family Taiko – Sundays 1-1:55 pm ($150)