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Dedication of Kagura in Hawaii

Hawaii1.JPGOn 20th July, we dedicated kagura, Japanese traditional music and dance, at the University of Hawaii at Hilo Performing Arts Center, in collaboration with Halau O Kekuhi.

We were invited to Hawaii by Edith Kanaka ‘ole Foundation because of our relationship established in 2008, when Halau O Kekuhi dedicated Hula at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu.

During the stay, Chief Priest, Shinto priests, and Shrine maidens attended the rituals of Kanaka ‘ole Family and offered a prayer by Halema ‘uma ‘u Crater of Kilauea.

On the stage, Halau O Kekuhi dedicated Hula at first. Then, Chief Priest of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu gave a lecture on Shinto and kagura, followed by the performance of kagura by Shinto priests and Shrine maidens. Our faith to the deities was expressed contrastingly through each traditional dance; Hula was energetic while kagura was serene. It was a remarkable evening not only for the audience but also for the performers to share and get to know Hawaiian and Japanese traditional culture.Hawaii.png

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