Eisa drum performances featured at Kapiʻolani Community College (photo courtesy of Kapiʻolani Community College)

Kapiʻolani Community College hosts the 2nd Eisa Drum Festival on Saturday, May 12, 5 p.m. on the Great Lawn. Eisa is a form of dance and drumming unique to Okinawa. The Eisa Drum Festival celebrates this little known form of drumming in Hawaiʻi.

The festival will feature the largest gathering of Eisa drummers in Hawaiʻi, all uniting for a spectacular grand finale. There will be a gathering of the Shisa (Okinawan lion dogs).

Festival performers include the acclaimed artist, choreographer and director Daiichi Hirata, Chinagu Eisa Hawaiʻi, Hawaiʻi Eisa Shinyuu Kai, Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko and the Young Okinawans of Hawaiʻi with Paranku Clubs of Hawaiʻi, Taiko Center of the Pacific and Urizun Minyo Group.

The event is free and open to the public. Food sales will begin at 5 p.m. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and jackets. Parking is free. Alcohol is strictly prohibited.

Go online for up-to-date information on program, schedule, parking, maps and food items on sale.

See videos and photos from the 1st Eisa Drum Festival.

For more information, contact Shari Y. Tamashiro at (808) 734-9562.

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