Annual Hilo Elks “World of Magic” – Sunday, December 8th

Community members are invited to come join in a mid-day event of spell-binding entertainment and treats.

This year the annual Hilo Elks “World of Magic” performance includes Taishoji Taiko of Hilo and magician Kelvin Chun of Oahu who will share the stage at downtown Hilo’s Palace Theater on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 11am.

Taishoji Taiko of Hilo

Taishoji Taiko of Hilo

Taishoji Taiko was founded in 1989 under the direction of Yoshihumi Ono at Taishoji Soto Mission in Hilo. The group originally played only for Taishoji’s annual Bon dance, but gradually expanded into kumi daiko, or performance drumming. In addition to the annual Toro Nagashi (lantern floating ceremony), Taishoji Taiko has played at numerous community and cultural events around the Big Island. The group opened for the Big Island debut of the critically acclaimed group TAIKOPROJECT at the UHH Performing Arts Center in June 2008 and celebrated it’s 20th anniversary at the inaugural Big Island Taiko Festival in 2009.

At various times, Taishoji Taiko has received instructions from taiko masters from Hawaii and California, including Kenny Endo of the Taiko Center of the Pacific. Members have also attended workshops given by Kodo, On Ensemble, and Seiichi Tanaka of San Francisco Taiko Dojo.

Under the direction of Chad Nakagawa, members of Taishoji Taiko are a diverse collection of ages and backgrounds united by their passion for the energy and spirit of taiko. Their performances are fun, dynamic crowd pleasers sure to be enjoyed by audience of all ages.

“Magi-kel Magi-chun” Kelvin Chun is an internationally recognized award winning educator, magician, balloon artist and kite enthusiast.  He has over 20 years of magic and balloon experience and has competed against and performed with world class magicians in prestigious international magic competitions at venues such as Reno’s Grand Sierra Resort 1,800-seat showroom.

Kelvin Chun

Kelvin Chun

He was also a featured performer at other stages, including the New Zealand International Magicians Convention in Auckland, New Zealand, Texas Convention, Japan Cup, and Hong Kong International Magic Convention.

Learning magic and balloon techniques from all over the world, Kelvin’s performance is infused with international flair and has mesmerized audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Please come join us for this fun filled event! At the show’s end we are expecting a jolly visit from Santa, too.

Admission is free and donations are gladly accepted.

Questions? Call Lily at the Hilo Elks Lodge 935-1717. Hope to see you there.

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