Internationally-Recognized Hakuoh University Handbell Choir
Celebrating its 31st anniversary, the internationally-recognized Hakuoh University Handbell Choir performs at the Leeward Theatre as part of its 28th Goodwill Tour of Hawai‘i.
Led by acclaimed director Hirotaka Arai, who founded the choir in 1988, the 15 student handbell ringers presents two free concerts on February 21, at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. at Leeward Theatre.
The choir performs a range of selections from classical standards including Mozart’s “Turkish March” to contemporary hits like “How Far I’ll Go” from Disney’s Moana, as well as a Hawaiian favorite “Hawai‘i Aloha.” The choir has the capacity to ring seven octaves of handbells, and their dedication to practice and performance has created worldwide demand for their music.
The Goodwill Tour of Hawai‘i includes a performance for friends of Hakuoh University at a Friendship Luncheon at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i’s Mānoa Grand Ballroom. In addition, they have scheduled free performances on Tuesday, February 19 at Central Union Church, Wednesday, February 20 at Windward Community College.
From their home in Oyama City, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan, Hakuoh’s ensemble has performed in Canada, England, and South Korea, and has entertained audiences including the Emperor and Empress of Japan and the King and Queen of Belgium. They have performed at Disney World, Tokyo Disneyland, and at the International Handbell Symposium in Australia in July 2018.
In 2018, Hakuoh University renewed an international cooperative agreement with the University of Hawai‘i Community Colleges. The annual Handbell Choir Concert, co-sponsored by Hakuoh University and the UH Community Colleges, is one of the cooperative activities undertaken by the two institutions.
For more information about the choir’s performances, call (808) 956-0321.