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Taiko Center of the Pacific Fellowship Program

PLEASE NOTE: the mailing address for the application is:

Taiko Center of the Pacific
4348 Waialae Avenue #357
Honolulu, HI 96816

Attn: TCP Fellowship

A one-year scholarship to study traditional and contemporary taiko in Honolulu, Hawaii. Fellowship begins summer 2015 for 2015  (start date flexible).

Congratulations to SEAN SHIBATA, AUDREY BERGERON-MORIN, and CHUNG WAN CHOI for being selected as the 2015-2016 TCP Fellows~!!!


Download Application Form



Fellowship Includes:

  • $250 one-time cash stipend. Opportunity to participate in any regular TCP class. Placement in the Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble (KETE) Trainee Program with the opportunity to become a performing member of the Honolulu ensemble (Program begins September 2013).

Other Benefits:

  • Opportunities to study hogaku hayashi, matsuri bayashi, lion dance, and fue through discounted private lessons with Kenny Endo.
  • Possible part-time taiko teaching assistant position June 15 – July 17, 2015.
  • Possible part-time employment as an administrative and/or teaching staff member.
  • A large and close-knit taiko community.
  • Opportunities to travel and perform on neighbor islands.
  • Access to quality higher education opportunities at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Kapiolani Community College, Chaminade University, and Hawaii Pacific University.
  • Great weather! Great food! Great beaches!


  • Fellowship recipients must be between 18-35 years old.
  • Minimum of 3 years taiko experience, or an equivalent combination of experience in taiko and other performing arts.
  • Applicants must submit an application form, 10-15 minute audition videotape, and an application essay. Finalists may be interviewed via telephone by members of KETE Honolulu.
  • One-year commitment required with possibility for renewal. Approximately 10-15 hours/week in practice, teaching and administrative assistance.

Who should apply?

  • Members of youth taiko groups who are interested in pursuing their undergraduate degrees in Hawaii.
  • Members of collegiate taiko groups who are interested in pursuing graduate degrees in Hawaii.
  • Any other member of the taiko community interested in pursuing this unique opportunity.

Application: Click here to download the application (.pdf)

Deadline: May 2, 2016