MAY 6 KARIYUSHI TICKETS GOING FAST!

Tickets for the 12th annual Kariyushi Show, set for Sunday, May 6, at the Hawaii Okinawa Center, are going fast! This year’s program will feature an outstanding program with something for everyone: Okinawan dances by our active seniors, a men vs. women Kariyushi karaoke competition, songs from the sensei, young performers, hula, and a special ukulele performance by two Uchinanchu brothers.

The Okinawan seniors dance clubs — the Okinawa Buyo Club, led by Yoshiko Onaga Sensei; Shizuko Akamine Sensei’s Kilauea Okinawan Dance Club; Happy Seniors Okinawa Dancing Club, led by Rose Shimabukuro Sensei; and Mitsuko Toguchi Sensei’s Ryusei Honryu Yanagi-No-Kai, Hawaii Chapter — will put on an entertaining program of Okinawan dance. Members of the Paranku Club of Hawaii will also be pounding out a lively beat. The audience will be treated to a special hula performance of “Pua Hone” by the Uehara sisters.

The “Through the Generations” segment will feature songs by performers who indeed span the generations, from Nisei to Yonsei. Also scheduled to perform are ukulele brothers Jake and Bruce Shimabukuro.

The Kariyushi Show was started by HUOA advisor Dorothy Shiroma Hoe. Proceeds from the program fund improvements to the Hawaii Okinawa Center. This year, Dorothy Hoe turned over the program’s chairmanship to karaoke enthusiast Nelson Yoshioka of Oroku Azajin Club, and has settled into the role of advisor.

Tickets for the May 6 program are $15, which includes a bento lunch and a drink. The program begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m.

Bus transportation is available for seniors from the Kilauea Recreation Center and the Lanakila Multipurpose Senior Center. Call Pat Doi at 396-6117 to reserve a seat. The buses will leave the senior centers at 8 a.m. They will depart HOC at 2:30 p.m. to return to the two senior centers.

Tickets can be purchased from the participating karaoke schools, or by calling the HUOA office at 676-5400.