Asia Pacific Arts & Cultural Activities Open to O‘ahu School Groups 2017-2018 Academic Year

The East-West Center is an education and research organization established by the U.S. Congress in 1960 to strengthen relations and understanding among the peoples and nations of Asia, the Pacific, and the United States. The EWC Arts Program is excited to offer exhibitions and performance-demonstrations to school groups in 2017-18. Through the visual and performing arts, young audiences are better able to understand, appreciate, and respect the peoples and cultures of the Asia Pacific region.

All of the following exhibitions and performance demonstrations are FREE to K-12 schools. EWC is able to assist with bus transportation, please inquire for details. EWC Arts educational outreach programs connect easily to Hawai‘i school standards. For details visit the EWC Arts Program website at

The EWC Gallery is located at 1601 East-West Road (corner of Dole Street and East-West Road), adjacent to the UH-Mānoa campus; performances are held at various locations. For further information or to schedule a program, please contact: Annie Reynolds, (808)944-7341,

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2017 Shakuhachi Festival of the Pacific

December 15-18, 2017
Music Department, University of Hawaii at Manoa and
John A. Burns Hall, East-West Center

This four-day festival will include intensive workshops and lessons in various styles of shakuhachi playing, from traditional, meditation inspired honkyoku solos and sankyoku ensemble pieces, to cutting edge contemporary music. Kinko, Tozan, KSK (Katsuya Yokoyama) and Chikuho Styles will be represented. The festival is for beginners to advanced players, with a special discount and instruments available for absolute beginners.

The Masters’ Concert (7:00 p.m., Dec. 15th, Orvis Auditorium, University of Hawai‘i) will inaugurate the festivities with a performance of outstanding musicians from Japan and around the world. The festival will also feature an academic session presenting the latest in shakuhachi research.

Participation Fees include access to all concerts, workshops, private lessons, and academic sessions.

  • Regular: $350
  • Kama‘aina (local): $300
  • Absolute Beginner: $175

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Guest Teachers (in alphabetical order):

  • Shakuhachi: Christopher Yohmei Blasdel, Steven Taizen Casano, Robert Herr, Yōzan Kaminaga, Riley Lee, Kazushi Matama, Ranzan Mitsui
  • Shamisen/koto: Kikuko Sato

With special guest artist Kenny Endo performing in the Masters’ Concert

Sponsored by the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Music Department and the East-West Center Arts Program, with support from the Japan Foundation and the UH Center for Japanese Studies.