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Taiko Center of the Pacific featured in DLNR News Release

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

New, improved Makapuu lookout features greet First Day Hikers
By Web Staff Published: December 15, 2015, 10:31 am


When several hundred early-risers make the two-mile round-trip hike to the Makapuu Lookout in the Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline on New Years Day in 2016, they’ll be greeted with a variety of improvements to the park.

Over the past year, the DLNR Division of State Parks has resurfaced the paved road/walking path to the top of one of Oahu’s most iconic scenic viewpoints.In addition, multiple new lookouts were installed and the two top-most lookouts have been totally improved to include new protective fencing and a paved trail and steps between the two.

“If people haven’t had a chance to experience Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline and the Makapu’u Lookout path in the past few months, New Year’s Day is a perfect opportunity to do so. In my view this is one of the most unique First Day Hikes in the country,” State Parks Administrator Curt Cottrell said.

First Day Hikes, are organized by state park systems in all 50 states.  Hawaii’s Makapuu hike is believed to attract among the largest, if not the largest, crowd for a First Day Hike, anywhere.  It is distinctly Hawaii both visually and culturally. The easy walk for people of all experience levels, including those using strollers, ends with spectacular sunrise views stretching from Diamond Head to Kailua and beyond. On a clear day people are rewarded with stunning views of the Neighbor Islands of Molokai, Lanai and Maui and typically are able to see humpback whales breaching this time of the year.

DLNR’s State Parks Division makes the Hawaii First Day Hike extra special with a native Hawaiian blessing (oli), a pu greeting and Taiko drumming provided by the Taiko Center of the Pacific.

Live in Shinjuku (Tokyo), November 10, 2015

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Kenny Endo 40th Anniversary Live in Shinjuku

Jazz Club “SOMEDAY” in Shinjuku! Cool!

◎ケニー遠藤 / 太鼓
◎仙波清彦 / 太鼓、ドラムセット、パーカッション
◎高橋香織 / エレクトリックヴァイオリン
◎浜田 均 / ビブラフォン、パーカッション

< 料金 >
前売り券 ¥5,000
当日券 ¥5,500
(1 ドリンク付)

< チケット予約・お問い合わせ >
松田 愛 まで

– Kenny Endo / Taiko
– Kiyohiko Senba / Taiko, Drumset, Percussion
– Kaori Takahashi / Electronic Violin
– Hitoshi Hamada / Vibes, Percussion

< Prices >
5,000 yen per person
(at the door = 5,500 yen )
*** 1 Drink included ***

< For Tickets & Inquiries >
Ai Matsuda / Email:

“HANAYUI” from Sado Island

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Hanayui Concert Flyers v5 Letter

Japanese and Okinawan TAIKO, SONG, DANCE
Saturday, May 31, 2014   8 pm
University of Hawaii’s Orvis Auditorium
2411 Dole Street, Honolulu

A spin-off unit of the world famous taiko group, KODO, Hanayui is a delightful performing troupe from Sado island, JAPAN.

Also featuring
Grant Sandaa Murata and Afuso Ryu Ongaku Kenkyu Choichi Kai,
Kenny Endo’s Taiko Center of the Pacific

Advanced PRESALE tickets:
$25  general admission
$20  seniors, military, JCCH members, current TCP students
$15  current college students with ID, youth to age 17

Tickets at the door:  (one hour before show time)
$15 – $30
Tickets available online at

Presented by Taiko Arts Center and the University of Hawaii Manoa Department of Music
Supported in part by the Consulate General of Japan Hawaii and the Japan Foundation Los Angeles




Sunday, June 1, 2014   1-3:30 pm

Washington Middle School Cafeteria

All skill levels WELCOME!!!  Adults $40;  Youth to age 17 $30

Registration:    OR    call 808-737-7236


Friday, March 28th, 2014

An Evening of Tsugaru Shamisen and Taiko 20140402 updated

Innovative Taiko Artist KENNY ENDO joins forces with one of Japan’s TOP Tsugaru shamisen artists, HIROMITSU AGATSUMA
for a special evening of exciting collaboration and improvisation.  DON’T MISS THIS SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY to hear some awesome music in HONOLULU!!!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
7:30 pm
Tokai University 9F Auditorium
2241 Kapiolani Blvd. Honolulu, HI

Advance Sale Tickets available at:
$18  general admission
$15  senior (62+), and current TCP students
$10  youth and college students with current ID
tickets available at

For more information,
Tel: (808)737-7236,

Review of Kenny Endo & Hiromitsu Agatsuma concert in Japan Society, New York 2013


Happy New Year!

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Ala Moana Fukubukuro 2014 Sunrise performance at Makapuu 2014  Sunrise at Makapuu 2014

Kenny Endo and Taiko Center of the Pacific welcome the New Year with lots of great energy! Here are some highlights from our New Year’s Day performance at Makapuu Light House Trail Sunrise ceremony and Ala Moana Fukubukuro 2014.

Upcoming Events
January 5 and January 12 9 am – 6 pm
Drum Reskinning at KCC “Chapel”
Volunteers needed!!!
January 19 – TAIKO CENTER of the PACIFIC classes resume
For Registration, contact:
or call 737-7236
TAIKO TOTS classes resume in February

Last Performance of 2013!!! Ready to bring in the New Year!

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

New Year's Eve 2013-12 -31

THANK YOU ALL for you love and support in 2013.


Please JOIN US in CELEBRATING the NEW YEAR on January 1, 2014 at:

7:09 am Special New Year’s Day Sunrise Ceremony at Makapuu Lighthouse (Gates open at 6 am)
9 am Royal Hawaiian Center
10 am Ala Moana Center Stage  (Kenny Endo & Taiko Center of the Pacific)
11 am  Ala Moana Center Stage  (Kenny Endo Contemporary Taiko Ensemble)

Sundays January 5 and January 12
9 am – 6 pm Drum Reskinning (at the chapel)
Volunteers needed!!!!

Kenny Endo speaks at TedX Honolulu

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013


Cultivating Community

Saturday, November 16, 2013

“In the spirit of ideas worth spreading”
Hawaii Theatre
10:30am – 6pm

Tickets available at Hawaii Theatre website

Kenny Endo cameo for TedX Honolulu on Friday, November 1, 2013
KITV Morning News 6:30 am
ABC Channel 5

TAIKO Drum and Dance at Kennedy Theatre

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Coming soon to University of Hawaii’s Kennedy Theatre!

Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble collaborates with the UH Dance Program to present a unique performance of taiko and dance pieces. Premiering two new compositions by Kenny Endo (“Midnight Moon”) and Derek Nakamoto (“Threads of Aspirations”), the performance also features pieces by Chizuko Endo, Kirstin Pauka, and Hiroshi Tanaka with choreography by UH Dance Faculty.

February 8, 9, 15, and 16 at 8 pm, and Sunday February 17 at 2 pm.

Don’t miss this special collaboration!


UNCOMMON TIME at LEAF, North Carolina

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

Catch UNCOMMON TIME: Taiko, Tabla, and Timbal at the LEAF Festival in North Carolina

SUNDAY, October 21st

Kenny Endo (taiko)
Abhijit Banerjee (tabla)
John Santos (Afro-Carribean percussion)

Uncommon Time at SKIDMORE!

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

The “Uncommon Time: taiko, tabla, and timbal” project is currently at Skidmore College in upstate New York!
Featuring Kenny Endo on Taiko, Abhijit Banerjee on Tabla, and John Santos on Latin Percussion.
THURSDAY, October 4 at 8 pm
Zankel Music Center at Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, NY
Tickets only $5-$8!