BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART:20110514T000000Z DTEND:20110514T000000Z DESCRIPTION:A special commencement celebration featuring Okinawan eisa drum ming will be held on the Great Lawn of Kapi&rsquo\;olani Community College on Saturday\, May 14\, 2011. Program starts at 6 pm and runs until 9 pm.\ n\nThere will be ono food and drinks. There will be the chance to catch so me baby koi in a game and Okinawan items for sale. Bring your mats and cha irs and relax under the stars. The event is free and there will be plenty of parking.\n\nEisa is a form of dance and drumming unique to Okinawa. Par ticipating eisa groups are Chinagu Eisa Hawaii\, Hawaii Eisa Chimugukuru D aiko and the Young Okinawans of Hawaii. Kenny Endo&rsquo\;s Taiko Center o f the Pacific and the Paranku Club of Hawaii will be performing as special guests.\n\nThe event will showcase the different styles of eisa (traditio nal and contemporary) with the contrast of Japanese taiko. It will also un ite all four groups in an exciting finale! There will also be a special ga thering of the Shisa Lions and live music by Urizun Minyo Group\, Derek Fu jio\, Norman Kaneshiro\, Derek Ichiro Shiroma\, and Richie Yamashiroya.\n\ nThis free event is presented and sponsored by KCC&rsquo\;s Office of Stud ent Activities and is being organized by Shari Tamashiro.\n\nThe inspirati on for the event comes from the Okinawan Festival held in Brazil for their Centennial Celebration. The finale included eisa drummers from all over t he region playing together. According to Shari Tamashiro\, &ldquo\;The gro und shook\, the energy level was so intoxicating that I was transported. I remember wanting to bring that same energy and joy back in a performance for people back home. Hopefully\, we will succeed with the grand finale of the Hawaii Eisa Festival which all four groups are working together to cr eate.&rdquo\;\n\nFor up to date information on the festival\, please visit <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>http://tain</strong></a>&nbsp\;or call 734.9576.\n\nWant to participat e in the largest paranku drum gathering in Hawaii? There will be a special surprise performance\, so be a part of the fun and sign up to join the pa ranku brigade! Email <a href="">pigsfromthe</a> to find out more.&nbsp\; DTSTAMP:20231201T173200Z SUMMARY:Hawaii Eisa Drum Festival URL:/en/events/2011/05/14/hawaii-eisa-drum-festival/ END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR