2 Thursday, October 6, 2016 ‘A little bit of the old and a little bit of the new’ The Hawaii Japanese Center presents its 14th annual Musical Nostalgia karaoke concert from 2-4:30 p.m. Saturday at Aunty Sally’s Luau Hale in Hilo. The event features island singers and choral groups performing a variety of Japanese, American and Hawaiian numbers. “We have high school students all the way up to an 89-year-old this year,” says event chairman Hiroshi Suga. “They are all amateurs with a lot of singing experience. I’m always looking for talented, entertaining singers from all kinds of backgrounds.” There are eight male singers and eight females singers as well as three singing groups: the Subaru Telescope choral group, Hilo High School Japanese Club members and Waiakea High School Japanese Club members. The two high school clubs will perform contemporary J-pop songs. “There is a lot of new energy and participants coming in,” says Hawaii Japanese Center Executive Director Arnold Hiura. “There’s a little bit of the old and a little bit of the new. It will be fun.” Suga says some of the Hilo singers currently sing with the Hongwanji choir, and two are reverends: the Rev. Jeffrey Soga of Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin and the Rev. Naohiro Hotta of Hilo Daijingu. “You will listen to a wide variety of Japanese songs from the 1950s all the Oct. 06 2016 3. Exhibit Ukuleles, glass, wood, and more on display at Wailoa show 6. Going strong Dirty Dozen Brass Band plays two BI shows 10. Puzzles Entertain your brain 12. Let’s Go Out Ono grinds CREDITS: Editor David Bock Writers John Burnett Katie Young Yamanaka Photography Hollyn Johnson Design Bonnie L. Rogers Katie Young YAMANAKA Big Island Vibe See KARAOKE Page 11 Email your Island Beat announcements to email@example.com Photo courtesy CARA AND LACY TSUTSUSE Sisters Cara and Lacy Tsutsuse will perform holehole bushi numbers they learned from late music teacher and historian Harry Urata. The sisters are well-known for their moving vocal renditions of popular Japanese folk songs.
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