Windward Community College presents Hakuoh University Handbell Choir

Valentine‘s Day concert one of three performances by internationally recognized group

University of Hawaiʻi
Bonnie Beatson, (808) 235-7374
Windward Community College
Susan Lee, (808) 956-5852
Posted: Feb 6, 2007

KANEʻOHE, HAWAIʻI — Just in time to ring in the romance of Valentine‘s Day, Japan‘s Hakuoh University Handbell Choir will entertain audiences on their 15th annual tour of Hawaiʻi. Eighteen student bell ringers led by acclaimed director Hirotaka Arai, will perform three concerts:

February 14, 7 p.m. at Central Union Church, Honolulu

February 15, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. at Windward Community College‘s Paliku Theatre, Kaneʻohe.

The internationally recognized handbell choir will perform a range of selections from classical standards including Mozart‘s "Le nozze di Figaro" to contemporary hits such as Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s "Memory" from the musical Cats. The choir has the capacity to ring seven octaves of handbells and their dedication to practice and performance has created worldwide demand for their music.

From their home in Oyama City, Tochigi prefecture, Japan, Hakuoh‘s all-female ensemble has traveled to performances in Canada, England and Australia and has entertained audiences including the Emperor and Empress of Japan and the King and Queen of Belgium.

The performances, which are sponsored by Windward Community College and Central Union Church, are free and open to the public. Additional information is available at or by calling (808) 235-7374.

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