Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii

Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii's cover photo
03/17/2019

Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii's cover photo

2019 Honolulu Festival
03/17/2019

2019 Honolulu Festival

Still looking for a few last gifts?  Make RMD Hawaii a part of your holiday by shopping with Amazon Smile!  0.5% of purc...
12/09/2018
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Getting ready for Ohana Festival... Have to practice our andagi dropping skills!
11/26/2018

Getting ready for Ohana Festival... Have to practice our andagi dropping skills!

Congratulations to all the competitors at this year’s International Karate-do Championships. It was great to collabora...
11/18/2018

Congratulations to all the competitors at this year’s International Karate-do Championships. It was great to collaborate with the talented and dedicated students of the International Karate Federation.

We had a great time performing at the Moanalua Elementary School Fun Fair!  It was a great first performance by beginner...
11/17/2018

We had a great time performing at the Moanalua Elementary School Fun Fair! It was a great first performance by beginners class students Eimi and Mei!

Thank you to the Himawari Group for inviting us to your annual uta matsuri!  🎶 Congratulations to all the performers....
11/12/2018

Thank you to the Himawari Group for inviting us to your annual uta matsuri! 🎶 Congratulations to all the performers. 🎉

We had a great time performing tonight at Pearl Harbor Elementary School’s Fall Festival. It was fun to have so many e...
11/03/2018

We had a great time performing tonight at Pearl Harbor Elementary School’s Fall Festival. It was fun to have so many enthusiastic students! We hope to see you soon at taiko practice.

Thank you Hawaii Swish for inviting us to play at your opening night halftime show!  Best wishes for a great season! www...
10/28/2018

Thank you Hawaii Swish for inviting us to play at your opening night halftime show! Best wishes for a great season! www.hawaiiswishaba.com

Congratulations Senator Patsy Young. It was a privilege to perform on your behalf at the HUOA Legacy Award Luncheon.
10/15/2018

Congratulations Senator Patsy Young. It was a privilege to perform on your behalf at the HUOA Legacy Award Luncheon.

Thank you very much to the Iwakuni Odori Aiko Kai for inviting us back to perform for the seniors at Hale Pulama Mau!
10/13/2018

Thank you very much to the Iwakuni Odori Aiko Kai for inviting us back to perform for the seniors at Hale Pulama Mau!

Congratulations Izakaya Naru on 8 delicious years of Okinawan cuisine and fun in Hawaii!
10/09/2018

Congratulations Izakaya Naru on 8 delicious years of Okinawan cuisine and fun in Hawaii!

2018 RiceFest
09/27/2018

2018 RiceFest

We’re excited to be back at Rice Fest this year. Come out to enjoy some delicious food and catch our performance at 8:...
09/22/2018

We’re excited to be back at Rice Fest this year. Come out to enjoy some delicious food and catch our performance at 8:00. www.RiceFest.com

Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii's cover photo
09/12/2018

Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii's cover photo

2018 Okinawan Festival
09/09/2018

2018 Okinawan Festival

So happy to help RMD Kohala and Waimea celebrate 10 wonderful years with a fantastic anniversary recital!
07/22/2018

So happy to help RMD Kohala and Waimea celebrate 10 wonderful years with a fantastic anniversary recital!

We're having Ramen Omotenashi at Ko-Ryukyu!
07/20/2018

We're having Ramen Omotenashi at Ko-Ryukyu!

Congratulations Caleb!  Thank you for inviting us to celebrate your graduation!  🎓
07/15/2018

Congratulations Caleb! Thank you for inviting us to celebrate your graduation! 🎓

Congratulations Katie from your RMD Ohana!
05/26/2018

Congratulations Katie from your RMD Ohana!

Congratulations Kano from your RMD Ohana!
05/05/2018

Congratulations Kano from your RMD Ohana!

Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii's cover photo
03/11/2018

Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii's cover photo

Thank you to everyone who came out to see us at Honolulu Festival this year. We had a great time!
03/11/2018

Thank you to everyone who came out to see us at Honolulu Festival this year. We had a great time!

Best wishes to all of this year’s Cherry Blossom Festival contestants. Thank you for inviting us to perform for you to...
02/24/2018

Best wishes to all of this year’s Cherry Blossom Festival contestants. Thank you for inviting us to perform for you today!

Congratulations RMD Kohala and Waimea on another great 🌸 Festival!
02/04/2018

Congratulations RMD Kohala and Waimea on another great 🌸 Festival!

Happy Birthday Grandpa Lionel. Thank you Natalie for inviting us!
01/28/2018

Happy Birthday Grandpa Lionel. Thank you Natalie for inviting us!

Happy New Year Taiko Fans!  Come on down to Moiliili Field today between 10 and 4 for the JCCH Ohana New Years Festival....
01/14/2018

Happy New Year Taiko Fans! Come on down to Moiliili Field today between 10 and 4 for the JCCH Ohana New Years Festival. We’ll have andagi, Okinawan soba, and a fantastic performance at 3:00 on the main stage. See you there!

Come out for a night of fun and taiko at the Pearl Harbor Elementary School Fun Fair!  We’ll be performing at 6:00. Ho...
11/03/2017

Come out for a night of fun and taiko at the Pearl Harbor Elementary School Fun Fair! We’ll be performing at 6:00. Hope to see you there!

It's going to be great to be back at /neet/ again this year to play taiko for Hawaii's anime community.  They're so crea...
10/18/2017

It's going to be great to be back at /neet/ again this year to play taiko for Hawaii's anime community. They're so creative! See everyone this Friday night at the Japanese Cultural Center. [www.neethonolulu.com]

Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii's cover photo
09/14/2017

Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii's cover photo

2017 Okinawan Festival
09/14/2017

2017 Okinawan Festival

Okinawan Festival is almost here!  We'll see you all at Kapiolani Park on Saturday at 12:20!  www.okinawanfestival.com
09/01/2017

Okinawan Festival is almost here! We'll see you all at Kapiolani Park on Saturday at 12:20!
www.okinawanfestival.com

This afternoon we'll be on KZOO Radio at 4:00. Tune in as we discuss our recent trip to Fukushima and Tokyo and talk abo...
08/06/2017
KZOO Hawaii – Your Aloha Hotline

This afternoon we'll be on KZOO Radio at 4:00. Tune in as we discuss our recent trip to Fukushima and Tokyo and talk about exciting things we have in store for the future!

第47回ウクレレフェスティバルを前にハワイ入りされたfulare_padのお二人にお越しいただきました。ウクレレの前田大輔さんとアコースティックギターの清水英之さんです。二人の爽やかで素晴らしい演奏を聴かせていただきました。結成12年。その前の小学校時代から気の合う友人同士だったというだけあって息もピッタリ。二人の音楽の感性と人柄が光ります。ウクレレフェスティバルでは今年もステージの大トリを務めるそうですよ。7月16日(日)カピオラニパークで開催されるウクレレフェスティバル、皆さんぜひ応援して下さい。前田さん、清水さん、マハロ〜。http://www.ukulelefestivalhawaii...

RMD's worldwide synchronized performance is here.  Every year thousands of drummers play the same songs at the same mome...
08/04/2017

RMD's worldwide synchronized performance is here. Every year thousands of drummers play the same songs at the same moment in Okinawa, Japan, Latin America the Mainland and of course, in Hawaii. Our show here will start at 6:00pm at the Moana Surfrider Hotel in Waikiki. Hope to see you all there!

Japan Tour - Day 8: We were finally able to realize our dream of going to Iwaki City to honor the victims and survivors ...
07/26/2017

Japan Tour - Day 8: We were finally able to realize our dream of going to Iwaki City to honor the victims and survivors of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. We presented 1000 cranes folded by our RMD Hawaii ohana and were joined by members of RMD Fukushima and RMD Miyagi for a heartfelt performance.

Japan Tour - Day 7: Making our own Daruma... our wishes will surely come true now!  Thank you to the talented craftsmen ...
07/25/2017

Japan Tour - Day 7: Making our own Daruma... our wishes will surely come true now! Thank you to the talented craftsmen at the Shirakawa Daruma Souhonpu for teaching us about this fascinating tradition.

The Fukushima Hawaii Bon Dance Festival was in the newspaper in Fukushima... including a great picture of RMD's performa...
07/24/2017

The Fukushima Hawaii Bon Dance Festival was in the newspaper in Fukushima... including a great picture of RMD's performance! The story made it all the way to the Okinawa Times as well.

Japan Tour - Day 6: Learning about the samurai of old Japan inspires us to work and train diligently also! Tsuruga Castl...
07/24/2017

Japan Tour - Day 6: Learning about the samurai of old Japan inspires us to work and train diligently also! Tsuruga Castle was amazing!

Japan Tour - Day 4: Fukushima Hawaii Bon Dance Festival performance with our new friends from RMD chapters all across Ja...
07/23/2017

Japan Tour - Day 4: Fukushima Hawaii Bon Dance Festival performance with our new friends from RMD chapters all across Japan. We're happy to meet you and please come to Hawaii!

Japan Tour - Day 3: Aka-numa deep in the mountains of Fukushima. Can you see the red water in the pond?
07/21/2017

Japan Tour - Day 3: Aka-numa deep in the mountains of Fukushima. Can you see the red water in the pond?

Japan Tour - Day 2: Fukushima Peaches... 美味しい!
07/20/2017

Japan Tour - Day 2: Fukushima Peaches... 美味しい!

Japan Trip - Day 1: Welcome party with the Miharu International Friendship Association. We learned about 勝沼富造, t...
07/19/2017

Japan Trip - Day 1: Welcome party with the Miharu International Friendship Association. We learned about 勝沼富造, the "Father of Japanese Immigration to Hawaii." ありがとうございます for the warm welcome to Japan!

Japan Trip - Day 1: Welcome party with the Miharu International Friendship Association. We learned about 勝沼富造, t...
07/19/2017

Japan Trip - Day 1: Welcome party with the Miharu International Friendship Association. We learned about 勝沼富造, the "Father of Japanese Immigration to Hawaii." ありがとうございます for the warm welcome to Japan!

Bon dance season is delicious!  See you all again tomorrow night at Higashi Hongwanji.
07/15/2017

Bon dance season is delicious! See you all again tomorrow night at Higashi Hongwanji.

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General information

In December 1996, Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii (RMD Hawaii) began life as a tiny seed, imported from Okinawa and lovingly planted in Honolulu. Nurtured by the tender care of founder Akemi Martin Sensei, that tiny seed grew and thrived. The Hawaii Chapter of Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko now includes over 75 active members on Oahu, Kauai, Maui and the Big Island. All the members take great pride and pleasure in sharing the true Eisa-spirit with the community through their performances at many diverse events. RMD Hawaii’s performances are truly unique, seamlessly blending traditional and contemporary influences with tremendous energy and the thunderous sound of the taiko drums. The choreography is a dynamic mix of traditional Eisa and Karate forms, with kata varying from crisp and masculine to soft and feminine. The music ranges from traditional Okinawan folk songs to contemporary rock music. Drummers use a shoulder sash to carry the large, powerful, red o-daiko in front of them. Each drummer is strikingly dressed in a uniform called mumunchinhantaa, inspired by classic Chinese costumes. RMD Hawaii’s members are committed to working together to build and maintain cross-cultural friendships and invite people of all backgrounds to join them in exploring and perpetuating Okinawan culture through the art and spirit of Eisa. By setting high standards and encouraging its members to strive for excellence, RMD Hawaii offers a tremendous opportunity to develop both teamwork and leadership skills. As we reflect on the past 15 years of Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii, we are thankful for the ongoing support of the community. We look forward to maintaining these positive relationships and humbly ask for your continued support so that what began 15 years ago as just a tiny seed, can grow and flourish even further (and farther!) in the coming years.

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