Zenshin Daiko

Zenshin Daiko

Makawao, Hawaii, United States

Founded March 23, 1999

Basic Information

    Managing Director, Artistic Director
    Teach taiko to children.

Background Information

Group's Mission and Motivation

Teach taiko to children and share it with the community.

Structure and Philosophy
Describe the ensemble's organizational structure and philosophy, including leadership structure, membership policy, and instructional process.

Zenshin Daiko is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. The Board of Directors handle the organizational aspects of the group. The Managing Director takes care of the day to day business and the Artistic Director oversees the performances, song writing, etc.

Although Zenshin Daiko has adult members, only the children members perform and recently they have been writing new pieces to perform.

Group History
Describe how, where, and why the ensemble was founded. What was its inspiration?

Zenshin Daiko was formed to focus on teaching children taiko.

Membership Composition
(i.e. ethnicity, generation, average years of experience, musical backgrounds, and motivation for playing)

Members come from many different ethnic backgrounds including: Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, Korean, Caucasian, Hawaiian, and Portuguese.

Performances, Recordings, Publications

List a selection of your regular performance venues (for example, Denver Sakura Matsuri, Seabrook obon, business conventions, Manzanar Pilgrimage, Maui Marathon, etc.)

Zenshin Daiko has averaged four performances a month at cultural and community events throughout Maui. Zenshin Daiko has become a regular at many of these events including; The Maui County Fair Parade, The Maui County Fair Opening Ceremony, Lanai Aloha Festivals, King Kekaulike Charity Walk, Upcounty Fair, YMCA Bazaar, WalkAmerica, Cameron Center Bazaar,

Zenshin Daiko is also the sponsor of Maui's only Taiko Festival and had it's 7th Annual Taiko Festival on June 24, 2006 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Castle Theater.

Instructors, Teachers & Mentors
List the instructors, teachers and mentors who have worked with the ensemble.

Tiffany Tamaribuchi, Kenny Endo, San Jose Taiko, Kiyonari Tosha, Eiichi Saito, Shoji Kameda, Shohei Kikuchi, & Yoshikazu Fujimoto.

Non-Taiko Collaborators
List a selection of non-taiko players or groups that have collaborated with the ensemble.

Anthony Natividad, Kalama Intermediate School Band, Mika Shin Buyoo Kai, Maui Cello Ensemble,


Anthony Jones
220-A Kaupea Street
Makawao, HI, US


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