Nä Hökü Hanohano-award-winning Group of the Year for 2016, Maunalua, will headline the first-ever Pau Hana Concert Jam in “the heart of the island” — the Hawaii Okinawa Center — on Thursday, Aug. 4, beginning at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:30). Proceeds from the benefit concert, presented by Zippy’s, will benefit cultural and educational programs of the Hawaii United Okinawa Association (HUOA) and the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts (HARA). Supporting sponsors include Hawaii’s own Primo Beer, Territorial Savings Bank, Lotus Spirits and Mt. Kalihi Productions.
“The Pau Hana Concert Jam will bring together the cultures of our two island communities, Hawaii and Okinawa, in an exciting program,” said HUOA 2016 president Tom Yamamoto. The audience will be treated to the musical talents of Bobby Moderow, Kahi Kaonohi and Richard Gideon, known collectively as Maunalua; Hawaiian and Tahitian hula by Central Oahu’s Na Maka O Pu‘uwai Aloha, led by kumu hula Mandi Scott; and two Okinawan eisa dance groups — Chinagu Eisa Hawaii, directed by Lisa Tamashiro-Sensei, and Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko, directed by Akemi Martin-Sensei.
“Celebrating the two cultures together, Hawaiian and Okinawan, on the stage of the Hawaii Okinawa Center for everyone to enjoy has been a goal of my administration, whose theme, likewise, is a melding of the languages of Hawaii and Okinawa — ‘Itsi Madin Laulima: Forever Working Together,’” continued Yamamoto.
Presale tickets are $25 — $30 at the door on the night of the concert. Tickets can be purchased at the Hawaii Okinawa Center (676-5400) or via Eventbrite. Bentos and beverages will be available for purchase.
The Hawaii Okinawa Center is located at 94-587 Ukee St. in Waipio Gentry. Free parking is available on the HOC grounds as well as in the adjacent lot across Ukee Street. For more information, call the Hawaii United Okinawa Association at 676-5400.