UH Community Colleges hosts Hakuoh University Handbell Choir

University of Hawaiʻi
Karen Hayashida, (808) 956-3855
Ofc of the Vice President for Community Colleges
Debbie Nakagawa, (808) 956-0321
Posted: Jan 31, 2011

Celebrating its 23rd anniversary, the internationally-recognized Hakuoh University Handbell Choir will be on O‘ahu from February 15-17 on its 20th Goodwill Tour of Hawai‘i, offering three public concerts and scheduled performances for friends of Hakuoh University and more than 600 O‘ahu school children.
Led by acclaimed director Hirotaka Arai, who founded the choir in 1988, the 16 student handbell ringers will perform free public concerts on:
  • February 15, at 7 p.m. at Central Union Church,1660 South Beretania St., Honolulu
  • February 16, at 7 p.m. at Windward Community College’s Palikū Theatre, 45-720 Kea‘ahala Rd., Kane‘ohe
  • February 17, at 10 a.m. at Leeward Community College Theatre, 96-045 Ala ‘Ike, Pearl City
The choir will perform a range of selections from classical standards including Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro” to contemporary hits from the musical “The Lion King.” 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.
The choir will kick off its Goodwill Tour of Hawai‘i with a performance for friends of Hakuoh University at a Friendship Luncheon on Tuesday, February 15, at 11 a.m. at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i’s Mānoa Grand Ballroom. In addition, they have scheduled free concerts for Windward District school children on Wednesday, February 16, at Windward Community College, and Leeward District school children and the public on Thursday, February 17, at Leeward Community College.
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. In August 2010, the choir attended the International Handbell Symposium in Osaka, Japan. They have also performed at Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland.
In February 2008, Hakuoh University signed an international cooperative agreement with the University of Hawai‘i Community Colleges. The annual Handbell Choir Concert, co-sponsored by Hakuoh University and the UH Community Colleges, is one of the cooperative activities undertaken by the two institutions.
For more information about the choir’s performances, call (808) 956-0321.