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Mānoa Arts & Minds

Aloha! August brings both the end and a beginning — the waning days of summer and a growing anticipation of Fall 2010. As we welcome back our students to campus, we also welcome everyone to enjoy our diverse Mānoa Arts & Minds offerings. Please join us at these wonderful events, courtesy of the Departments of Art & Art History, Music, Theatre & Dance, and Outreach College.

Music credit: Warm aloha to Hawaiian slack key guitarist Ozzie Kotani for the music heard in the Mānoa Arts & Minds announcements. Ozzie is an alumni and former music instructor at UH Mānoa, and “Ka Ua Noe” (The Misty Rain) is from his 2009 CD titled “Hōʻihi” (Respect).


August Days Dance Series from Outreach College

Three concerts at Kennedy Theatre from masters in ballet, modern, and traditional Japanese dance to energize your August days.

August Day Dance Series is a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Outreach College production. Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture & the Arts, the Japanese Women’s Society Foundation, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Waikiki, and Continental Airlines.

  1. Discounted SERIES package ($74 – $86), call 956-9492. Available only through Aug 5.
  2. INDIVIDUAL CONCERT TICKETS can be purchased from


Outreach College Series
Onoe Kikunobu Dance Company: Communicating Culture and Traditions through Nihon Buyo

Saturday Aug 7, 7:30 pm & Sunday Aug 8, 2:00 pm
Kennedy Theatre

Onoe Kikunobu Dance Company:In commemoration of its 36th anniversary and Kikunobu Sensei's legacy of 51 years of Japanese classical dance in Hawaiʻi, the Onoe Kikunobu Dance Company has assembled a production comparable in artistry and authenticity to what you would find in Japan. Featured are performances by headmaster of the Onoe School of Dance, Onoe Kikunojo II, and his assistant dance master Onoe Kikushiro, as well as costumes from Kyoto and wigs from Tokyo. More »

Background articles from 2004 Honolulu Advertiser and Star-Bulletin

August 7th performance highlights:

  1. Onoe Kikunojo II performs a solo piece, Shichifukujin (The Seven Lucky Deities)
  2. Onoe Kikunobu awards two of her students with their professional dance titles in a formal ceremony
  3. Debut of a newly choreographed dance, Haru no Umi, created by Onoe Kikushiro; featuring live koto and shakuhachi ensemble; performed by Onoe Kikunobu and Onoe Kikunobukazu

August 8th highlights:

  1. Onoe Kikunojo II and Onoe Kikushiro perform Matsu no Okina (The Wise One Among the Pines)

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Outreach College Series
Keiko Fujii Dance Company: Hana – The Flower II

Sunday Aug 15, 2:00 pm
Kennedy Theatre

Keiko Fujii Dance CompanyHana - The Flower II is a portion of an original work that Ms. Fujii premiered for members of the royal families of Japan and Denmark in an exclusive concert last February in Tokyo. Based on Japanese folklore, "The Legend of Amida Pond," and fusing traditional Japanese dance elements with modern movement, the piece features performers from Ms. Fujii's Osaka-based dance company and from the UH Mānoa Department of Theatre and Dance. Visual effects by Hawaiʻi photographer Dean Sensui and costumes by Hideko Sugai of DECO Japan, Inc.

Keiko Fujii is a former student of Honolulu-based dance luminaries Betty Jones and Fritz Ludin and the current director of Studio K in Osaka, which provides training in ballet, modern, and jazz dance. She has been a guest artist/instructor for UHM's Department of Theatre and Dance and for Outreach College's Noncredit program. More »

Watch a promotional video (:30)

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Outreach College Series
Ballet Hawaii: Cool Ballet for a Hot Summer, A Medley of American Dance

Saturday Aug 21, 7:30 pm / Sunday Aug 22, 2:00 pm
Kennedy Theatre

Ballet HawaiiThe 2010 Ballet Hawaii summer production features three beautiful ballets for August days:

  1. By George! – set to the music of George Gershwin, choreography by Tom Pazik
  2. Serenade – set to the music of Tchaikovsky, choreography by George Balanchine
  3. Trio – set to the music of Bach, choreography by Tom Pazik

With guest principal ballerina from the New York City Ballet, Megan Fairchild, and NYCB soloist Robbie Fairchild, Megan's younger brother. More »

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