Norman Kaneshiro is the Musical Director and co-founder of the Ukwanshin Kabudan. He received his training in classical uta-sanshin (traditional Okinawan music) from the age of 13 and is a certified instructor of the Nomura Ryu Ongaku Kyo Kai Okinawan classical music organization. Kaneshiro currently teaches private and group lessons in Honolulu, and also offers a class at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. On Maui he teaches sanshin and kuuchoo.
Eric Wada is the first male outside Okinawa to have passed all levels of the prestigious Geino Konkuru, a series of performing arts tests administered in Okinawa. He graduated from the Okinawa Prefectural Performing Arts University with a scholarship from the Okinawan government. Bearer of the title kyouchi (instructor), Wada heads the Hawaii branch of the Tamagusuku Ryu Shosetsu Kai, teaching traditional Ryukyuan dance in Honolulu. On Maui, he teaches odori, meekata, fwanso, eisa, shishimai, and Uchinaguchi.