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RMD originated in Okinawa in 1982, combining traditional Eisa and Karate forms with contemporary influences and music to create a new and unique taiko style. The club has grown tremendously and now includes chapters all around the world. The Hawaii chapter now includes branches Oahu, Kauai, Maui and the Big Island. Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko's members are committed to working together to build and maintain cross-cultural friendships. They invite people of all backgrounds to join them in exploring and perpetuating Okinawan culture through the art and spirit of taiko. To learn more, click here to visit their website.






Under the operational control of the commander, United States Pacific Fleet, Pacific Fleet Band is dedicated to providing top quality musical support throughout a 100 million square mile area of responsibility for official functions, morale and retention programs, community outreach performances, and Navy recruiting initiatives. To learn more, click here to visit their website.






With an increasing number of people fascinated by Hawaiian music and hula, nearly 350 admirers of these aspects of Hawaiian culture decided to form the Nagaoka Aloha Club in April 2011. They aim to collaborate in promoting exchange programs between our two cities, to improve their musical and dancing skills, to foster mutual friendship between members through performances, and to deepen their understanding of Hawaiian culture, while developing ties of friendship with the people of Hawaii.   Some club members formed teams to join the Honolulu Festival in 2009, 2011, and 2012. Their hula instructors frequently visit Hawaii throughout the year.






Meet Mark Yamanaka, a Hilo-raised, falsetto-singing, multi-award-winning musician. With just two albums under his belt, this humble father of two has already garnered some of the top awards in the Hawaiʻi recording industry. His talents are varied with vocals ranging from a crisp, clear falsetto, to a rich baritone and distinctive Hawai'i Island-style playing pays tribute to the island upon which he was raised. Yamanaka will be performing at the event at 6:10 p.m. To learn more, click here to visit his website.






The purpose of the Youth Peace Exchange Summit is for the youth from the Cities of Honolulu and Nagaoka to share their thoughts about peace while learning about each other’s history and culture and to present to the world a Peace Declaration that proclaims the significance of peace in order to further develop the U.S.-Japan friendship, which is vital for world peace.  
A total of eight students from Honolulu and 15 students from Nagaoka visited each others cities and learned about what actually happened there at first hand. They earnestly discussed what they can do to ensure peace in the future. They will now announce to the world their thoughts in their Summit Declaration.     






The Nagaoka Boys and Girls Choir, established in 1957, is a tradition-filled choir in Nagaoka that is celebrating its 58th anniversary this year. There are about 50 members from 6 – 16 years of age. They perform on many occasions including their annual concert, commemorative ceremonies for the city, and other official events. For this Peace Friendship Commemorative Ceremony, 11 members ages 11- 15 will sing wholeheartedly with their wishes for peace.






Hawai’i Education of the ARTS (HEARTS) is a Windward O'ahu nonprofit organization that provides quality arts programs and educational experiences for children and youth of diverse backgrounds. Our programs focus on developing each child’s artistic talents, personal character and what students can give back to the community.  HEARTS has five performing choirs, a Musical Theatre Troupe and offers classes in hula and other dance forms. To learn more, click here to visit their website.






Ayaka Hirahara is a Japanese singer/songwriter and saxaphone player. She graduated from the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music in March 2007, majoring in playing the saxaphone. In Dec. 2003, she made her professional debut with her song 'Jupiter.' For her CD debut, Ayaka proposed to sing 'Jupiter' (originally composed by Gustav Holst) with Japanese lyrics that include her own original phrases such as "Everyday I listen to my heart..." "What can I do with my hands?" "...being loved as I am..." and "I'll keep singing forever for you..."  To learn more, click here to visit her website.

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