Taiko & Karaoke Festival
The Annual Taiko & Karaoke Festival started in 2007 as a student-led concert and has since grown into one of the state’s most anticipated cultural performances. Each year’s event revolves around a theme - such as “Lessons of the Bamboo” or “Many Rivers, One Ocean” - and features song and dance performances from the entire PBA student body and faculty, as well as Hongwanji Mission School students and members of the community. In addition to displaying the talents of PBA’s Taiko program, the production behind the festival is a true group effort: Taiko sensei Jay Toyofuku directs the performances; Art instructor Wayne Takazono designs the set; and the students work as crew members and even promote the event on local television news programs. The festival, which sells out virtually every year, is held at the Pearl City Cultural Center and has been officially recognized by Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle and U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye.