MAUI: The Shaping of a Master `Ukulele Player

Posted on Jun 13, 2018 in Blog Post, Dance, Folk and Traditional Arts, Music, National Endowment for the Arts, Outreach, Performing Arts, SFCA Grants, Theater

Promotional Graphic for "Shaping of a Master" with photos of Byron Yasui and Mika Kane

The Shaping of a Master ʻUkulele Player with Mika Kane and Byron Yasui
A presentation in fulfillment of the Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts Folk & Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant

Saturday, June 23, 2018
2:00 PM
Maui Okinawa Cultural Center
688 Nukuwai Place
Wailuku, Maui
Free admission

Byron Yasui has been playing ʻukulele since the age of 13 and specializes in jass with classical technique and influences. He has numerous accolades with the ʻukulele, including performing and holding clinics at various ʻukulele festivals in the mainland, and, more notably, composing the first-ever modern ʻukulele concerto for Jake Shimabukuro with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra. Byron has chosen Mika to pass on his unique style and manaʻo so that he can perpetuate the knowledge for future generations. Join us for this rare opportunity as Mika discusses and performs some of the topics covered in his lessons with Byron.

This program is supported by the Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawaiʻi and by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Promotional graphic for Kumiwudui presentation with photo of performers

This presentation follows “Shuri-style Kumiwudui:  Continuing the Legacy of Kin Ryosho Sensei” (1:00 PM). This lecture/demo is a rare opportunity to learn about kumiwudui, the classical Okinawan dance/drama which was created during the days of the Ryukyu Kingdom.  Presented by Cheryl Yoshie Nakasone Sensei, the artistic director of Jimpu Kai USA, Kin Ryosho Ryukyu Geino Kenkyusho, Hawaii Shibu and her student Wendy Tamashiro, with support from the Maui Okinawa Kenjin Kai.

For more information email mauiokinawakenjinkai@gmail.com or call 808-242-1560.  The Maui Okinawa Cultural Center is located at 688 Nukuwai Place in Wailuku, across the street from Sack N Save.

This program is supported by the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawai‘i, by the National Endowment for the Arts, and by the Maui Okinawa Kenjin Kai.