Instructors

Norman Sensei and his kuuchoo (violin) student playing live music for dancers at the Maui Okinawa Festival 2014.

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.

Norman Sensei teaches beginner's sanshin to MRCG members. Why is everyone looking up? Because, Norman Sensei challenged the students to play without looking at their fingering!

Norman Sensei teaches beginner’s sanshin to MRCG members. Why is everyone looking up in this photo? Because, Norman Sensei challenged the students to play without looking at their fingering!

 

 

 

 

Eric Sensei teachers MRCG members about language, history, and cultural identity.

Eric Sensei teaches MRCG members about language, history, and cultural identity.

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.

Eisa drumming practice with Sensei Eric! They always break a sweat!

Eisa drumming practice with Sensei Eric! They always break a sweat!

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