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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.

Special Workshop with Masato Baba

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

“Develop a fun Midare Taiko Solo”
Aug 10 (Monday) 5-7pm $35

“Movement for Taiko Drumming”
Aug 11 (Tuesday) 7-9pm $35

Click here for more workshops information; or

CLICK HERE For registration and online payment


Summer Session II (4 weeks) is starting on Aug 4, 2015. Please email for registration! or click here for more information.

“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

Special One-Day Only Taiko Workshop

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Marco Lienhard TCP 2014

Special!!! WORKSHOP with guest artist Marco Lienhard
Leader of TAIKOZA in New York City and former member of the famed ONDEKOZA!
One Day ONLY 2-hour workshop on PRESIDENTS’ DAY Holiday

Monday, February 17, 2014   2:15 – 4:15 pm
Cost: $35
Washington Middle School
Register at: OR call: 737-7236

TAIKO CENTER of the PACIFIC celebrates 20th Anniversary! Classes resume January 19th!

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Taiko Center of the Pacific Spring Session I classes begin Sunday, January 19th for a 6-week course.  Taiko classes for all ages and all skill levels from TAIKO TOTS (ages 2 and 3), FAMILY TAIKO (parent/adult and child), TEENS TAIKO, and ADULTS !!! JOIN US in keeping the beat for generations to come!
Spring Session I classes will be held at Washington Middle School.

To register, please contact: or call:  737-7236

READ article in Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts Newsletter:

TCP Drum Reskinnings! January 5 and 12

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

Please join us in reskinning and repairing the taiko for the upcoming TCP classes!

Sundays, January 5 and 12

9 am – 6 pm

KCC Chapel

There is lots of work to be done and many volunteers are needed!

Hope you can join us!

TCP Taiko classes MOVE to Washington!

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Washington Middle School, that is.
The final 2 weeks of the current Fall Session will take place at Washington Middle School’s Chorale Room starting SUNDAY, December 2 2012.
1633 S King Street (corner of King & Punahou)
FREE parking in the King Street lot ONLY
Chorale Room is in the far South West corner of school (Makai Ewa corner)
Thank you to Washington Middle for their support!
Questions: email:

MAHALO NUI LOA to our friends and supporters at Niu Valley! We will miss you but thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support and hospitality!


Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

Friday, December 7, 2012

Taiko Center of the Pacific and UHM Department of Theatre & Dance present a special Yosakoi workshop with visiting guest artist Hideko Mukae from Nagasaki, Japan. Yosakoi is a unique contemporary style of Japanese dance-highly energetic and utilizes traditional Japanese dance moves in a contemporary way.
Supported in part by Taiko Art Center.

See flyer on right.


TAIKO classes for Beginners starts Sunday Oct 28

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

Taiko Center of the Pacific Fall Session II Beginner Classes start
Sunday October 28th, 3-3:55 pm

FAMILY Taiko resumes on Tuesday October 30th  (6-6:55 pm)
A Great Bonding Experience for Parent & Child!

All classes held at Niu Valley Intermediate School
310 W. Halemaumau Street
For details, visit:

To Register: OR call: 808-737-7236

Taiko Center of the Pacific Spring Session II begins April 9!

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Don’t forget to sign up at class or via email:

Taiko Center of the Pacific Spring Session II: April 9 – June 3 (7 weeks)
Youth ages 5-17 = $98
Adults ages 18- = $105
Family Taiko = $188 (1 child, 1 adult)
NOTE: NO classes on: April 19, 22, 30.