Art, Culture & Identity Past Events
Tango No Sekku (Boy's Day) at the Museum
Celebrate Tango No Sekku (Boys’ Day) at the Museum. Traditionally observed on May 5 in Japan, it predates Kodomo No Hi (Children’s Day). Learn about the meaning of Boys’ Day and some of its traditions. Make a paper kabuto (helmet worn by samurai) and your own koi (fish) and then join in on a taiko (drum) workshop. Children of all ages are invited.
Free with Museum admission. Reservations are required.
Jon Shirota's Enlightenment
Thursday Evening at the Museum
New Play Reading
Well-known Japanese American author and playwright Jon Shirota (Lucky Come Hawaii and Pineapple White) debuts his newest play entitled Enlightenment. The entire play takes place in a small shiatsu center in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.
Taka Okamoto, a horseplayer “Pineapple” from Maui, Hawaii, frequents the center which is operated by Reverend Cathy Takahashi, a young, attractive Buddhist priest. Taka tries to help Rev. Cathy become a full-time priest with a temple of her own. He elicits advice from famous Judge Cal Wada, struggling soap actress Flo Sumida, and wealthy church board president Frank Watanabe, who offers to help Rev. Cathy, but at a price.
Free. Reservations required. Limited seating available.
Lecture and demonstration
Featuring: Robert Iida, Kapu Products Company
The art of coffee cupping assesses the aroma, taste and texture of coffee to determine the quality of the bean the roasting process. Join Kapu Products Company’s Robert Iida for an afternoon of coffee cupping of pure Kona coffee. Become a “coffee connoisseur” and learn the finer points of selecting coffee through taste comparisons.
Members $5, non-members $9 includes Museum admission. Reservations required. Limited seating available.
Cold Tofu Improv: Baseball, Apple Pie and Cold Tofu
This month Cold Tofu plays with everything we know and love as Americans. This talented, energetic, multicultural comedy improv group has an amazing assortment of entertainment techniques that will keep you laughing all night. A guest artist and musician will also join in on the fun. Free. Reservations suggested. Limited seating available.
Ka Ulana Lau Niu and Lauhala - Plaiting with coconut fronds and pandanus leaves
Kona Coffee Story exhibit Series
Featuring: Ainahau O Kaleponi Hawaiian Civic Club
Learn the Hawaiian tradition of weaving and plaiting a kupe'e (bracelet). Participants will also make birds, ducks and other critters by utilizing coconut fronds and pandanus leaves. Free with Musuem admission. Reservations required by April 12.
Cooking with Rob Fukuzaki
Japanese American Cuisine Series
Lecture / Demonstration
KABC-TV Eyewitness News sportscaster Rob Fukuzaki demonstrates his cooking prowess in the fourth installment of this very popular series. Rob tests his culinary skills against KNBC’s Wendy Tokuda who performed a cooking demonstration with sister Marilyn last October. Rob will recruit the assistance of his two grandmothers, Toshiko Fukuzaki and Masa Watamura, to cook up mouth-watering Japanese American family dishes.
Rob graduated in broadcast journalism from the University of La Verne in Southern California and began his broadcasting career with KITV in Honolulu. He came to Los Angeles’ KABC in 1994.
Members $5, non-members $10 includes Museum admission. Reservations required. Limited seating available.