Pearl Shimizu

Pearl Shimizu performs a traditional Japanese Dance. Photo by Anne E. O’Malley


Matsuri Kaua`i Festival Saturday, Oct. 13

NEW! Two documentaries that capture the indomitable spirit of the Japanese people following the double disaster — an earthquake and a tsunami — that struck their country last year, will be featured at the Matsuri Kaua’i Festival this weekend.

The movies, Can You See Our Lights and Fukushima Hula Girls, will be shown at the Kaua’i War Memorial Convention Hall on Saturday, Oct. 13, 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. respectively.

Can You See Our Lights chronicles the efforts of the residents of three northern Tohoku towns, Rikuzentakata, Soma and Minami Soma, as they repair their towns and rebuild their lives. In spite of the challenges they face, the townspeople band together and hold their annual summer Obon Festivals to honor the souls of the departed.

Fukushima Hula Girls follows a troupe of hula dancers from the Spa Resort Hawaiians, a large, Hawaiian theme park in Iwaki City, as they travel to devastated areas in Japan providing encouragement, joy and smiles.

The movies are being offered for public viewing at no cost by the Kaua’i Film Commission and the Honolulu Japanese Consulate.

In this homegrown festival, the Kaua`i Japanese Cultural Society celebrates its culture with an assortment of entertainment and activities at the annual Matsuri Kaua`i Cultural Festival held at the Kaua`i War Memorial Convention Hall from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for free or a donation in the calabash.

Karaoke singers, dancers, martial arts, drumming, kimono kitsuke — adults and children try on kimono —origami, oshibana, musubi madness contest, mochi pounding, mini bon dance, tea ceremony, bonsai, jorei and flower circle are among some of the rich experiences offered. Bento lunches will be for sale.

Also, attendees may enjoy Hawaiian music, hula and Japanese dance by Japanese visitors and local artists.

Sponsored by the County of Kaua`i. For information, call Pearl Shimizu at 808-822-5353.