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Members of the Keiko Fujii Dance Company are head over heels for Japan.
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Seeing is Being

Stage / A lot of people were angry when last month’s snoozenami warning did nothing more than cancel all the best Halloween parties and worsen traffic, reminiscent of the previous “warning” in March of 2011. But let’s not forget that the night could have been a lot worse, and though we’ve been lucky in Hawaii, Japan’s event last year reminds us that tsunamis are nothing to ignore. It’s been 18 months and Japan is still struggling to recuperate.

To raise funds for the Rainbow for Japan Kids, Keiko Fujii Dance Company will gather local entertainers in a show called Being II–Hawaii Style for an evening of performance and support for our Pacific island sib.

“I was motivated by the distinctive relationship between the people of Japan and Hawaii,” said Fujii, director, choreographer and founder of the Osaka-based company, when asked why she wanted to bring Being II here to Honolulu. “[I want to] not only uplift the victims, but express messages internationally.”

The eclectic mix of performers includes hula dancer Kanoe Cazimero, singer Takamasa Yamamura, taiko artist Kenny Endo, Kahu Ron Ching, who will perform an oli, and Liza Simon, who will perform a “choreo-poem.”

The benefit concert, Fujii hopes, will combat the helplessness we all feel in the face of natural disasters, through four dance pieces featuring images of Tohoku from pre-disaster to the present.

Hawaii Theatre, 1130 Bethel St., Sun., 11/18, 7pm, $30, donations welcome, [hawaiitheatre.com], 528-0506