Maui Taiko

A Tradition for Generations

Maui Taiko, established in 1996, is a non-profit charitable organization created to perpetuate traditional Japanese folk songs and to promote taiko (Japanese drumming) music. Maui Taiko is carrying on a hundred year tradition of performing the Japanese folk song, Fukushima Ondo at many O-Bon festivals and cultural events on Maui. The group continues to work toward elevating their artistry in taiko with over 60 performances a year ranging from community events, corporate engagements, and private functions.

If you would like to support their work in the community, you may donate funds here

Our History

The informal taiko group that existed in Keahua has continued for nearly a century through five generations of the Watanabe family. The family founded Maui Taiko with the intent of perpetuating the Fukushima Ondo tradition and incorporating other forms of taiko music.
Maui Taiko’s performance schedule includes Maui bon dances on weekends from the beginning of June through mid September. Throughout the year, the group also performs at numerous cultural and community events as well as corporate functions and private celebrations.

Kay Fukumoto

Maui Taiko Co-Founder

Taiko drumming is exciting and vibrant. It is a high energy performance art that combines music, dance, martial arts, athletics, and culture.

Community Workshops

In conjunction with the Maui County Parks and Recreation Department, Maui Taiko teaches a two week Taiko Drumming class at the Kahului Community Center Annex. The workshop teaches the fundamentals of Taiko Drumming.

Location:  Kahului, Community Center Annex

275 Uhu St, Kahului, HI 96732 (directions)

Next Workshops:

  • June 2,9,16,23 from 12noon to 1:00pm
  • July 14, 21, 28, & Aug 4 from 12noon to 1:00pm
  • October 6,13,20,27 from 12noon to 1:00pm
  • November 3,10,17,24 from 12noon to 1:00pm

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