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Free Hawaiian Music in Japantown Today Until 6:00 PM: Kōkua Japan Concert to Benefit Japan Disaster Relief

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

Looks like that rain will stay away, so why not hit Japantown today?

The scene this AM during setup:

Kōkua Japan San Francisco concert on April 2 to benefit Japan disaster relief

Free event in Japantown’s Peace Plaza to include Hawaiian music, Polynesian dance and diverse Bay Area bands

SAN FRANCISCO, California — In response to the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Northern Japan, a group of concerned citizens from the Bay Area’s Hawaiian and Asian American communities have organized Kōkua Japan San Francisco, a fundraising concert in Japantown’s Peace Plaza from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 2, 2011. “Kōkua” means “help” in Hawaiian.

Donations to the Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund will be solicited at the free event, which will also raise funds through raffles of donated merchandise and T-shirt sales. The nonprofit Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival will collect the monies and deliver them to the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC), which administers the earthquake relief fund along with Union Bank. One hundred percent of the fund will be distributed for direct assistance to residents of the affected area of Japan.

The entertainment on the Peace Plaza stage, at Post and Buchanan streets, will be emceed by NBC Bay Area newsman and stand-up comedian Mike Inouye. The lineup includes: * Hawaiian music groups: Steven Espaniola & Friends, Faith Ako & Friends, Side Order Band featuring Chris Kamaka & Asa Young, ‘AHAmele ‘Ukulele Band, Ho’omana and JD Puli & Friends * Polynesian dance troupes: Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu (hula), Ke ‘Olu Makani ‘O Mauna Loa with kumu Meleana Manuel (hula), Ka Liko Pua O Kalaniākea (hula), Merahi O Tehani (Tahitian ‘ōte’a) * Diverse musical acts: Feelosophy (funk, soul), Project Gojira (fusion), Native Elements (reggae), Stymie & the Pimp Jones Luv Orchestra (funk, rock, ska.)

Local merchants have donated items for raffle prizes, while Hawaiian Airlines is flying in 200 special “Aloha” T-shirts for sale with the help of the Hawai’i Lieutenant Governor’s office, which is coordinating the islands’ Aloha for Japan fundraising effort. The T-shirt, which uses a rising sun for the “o” in “Aloha,” will sell at Kōkua Japan San Francisco for $25, from which the $15 profit per shirt will go to earthquake relief. Sponsors include Aloha Warehouse, Colortone Digital, Hawai’i Chamber of Commerce of Northern California, Susie Kagami, Osaki Creative Group, and Sound Innovations. Thanks also go to Sandy Lee of the San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department.


Nihonmachi Street Festival a Huge Success for 2010

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

David Yu has just posted his photos of the 2010 Nihonmachi Street Festival.

(Appears as if the threats to this annual event have subsided.)

Post Street yesterday:

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Lots of hula and music:

Plus, there was taiko-a-gogo

See you next year!

37th Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair Coming to Japantown August 14-15, 2010

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

The Nihonmachi Street Fair is back for 2010. See?

That’s 1600 Webster there on the left, it’s that condo building that’s still under double secret probation due to some problems the past couple years. We’ll have to wait and see if they get a security guard to nap in front of the Webster entrance for a couple shifts the way it happened last year. (It’s like Del Boca Vista Phase III got plopped down on the corner.)

 

(And actually, the Starbucks they wanted to put in the empty retail space downstairs would have been a mega bonus for J-Town, but the local NIMBYs shot that idea down. You know, big ugly nonreinforced concrete was ala mode back in the 1950′s and 1960′s and that’s when those ridiculous mall buildings started getting built. That’s why Japantown looks like am uninviting windblown ghost town from Post Street even when there are lots of people bustling about in the malls. Replacing the low-rise buildings on the right of the photo, including the hidden underground parking garage, will be an expensive, long, drawn-out process. Anywho…) 

The deets:

Peace Plaza Ho`olaule`a
The Peace Plaza open its arms out to welcome the Island Spirit through music and dance. Halaus from the Bay as well as special guests from Hawaii and Southern California will gather this weekend at the Peace Plaza stage.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 14
11:30am Local Blend
12:30pm Hula Halau Kaliko Pua O Kalaniakea
1:30pm Manuia Polynesian Revue
2:30pm Keolalaulani Halau Olapa O’Laka
3:30pm Ben Kaili with Ke `Olu Makani `O Mauna Loa
4:45pm Native Elements
SUNDAY, AUGUST 15
11:30am Steven Espaniola
12:30pm Hula Halau Kaliko Pua O Kalaniakea
1:30pm Mele Ohana Ukulele Group
2:30pm Keolalaulani Halau Olapa O’Laka
3:30pm Tago Lei Pasifika
4:45pm My Peoples (formerlly Kapakahi)  

All the deets after the jump

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