Taiko Center of the Pacific Fellowship

The application deadline for the Taiko Center of the Pacific is Wednesday, May 2.

The Fellowship is a one-year scholarship to study traditional and contemporary taiko in Honolulu, Hawaii. ?The 2018-2019 Fellowship begins summer 2018 (start date flexible). ?Applications are due May 2 each year.

List of past & present fellows

Fellowship Includes:

  • $250 one-time cash stipend. Opportunity to participate in any regular TCP class. Placement in the TCP Performing Ensemble Trainee Program with the opportunity to become a performing member of the Honolulu ensemble.

Other Benefits:

  • Opportunities to study hogaku hayashi, matsuri bayashi, lion dance, and fue through discounted private lessons with Kenny Endo.
  • Possible part-time taiko teaching assistant position in the summer.
  • Possible part-time employment as an administrative and/or teaching staff member.
  • A large and close-knit taiko community.
  • Opportunities to travel and perform on neighbor islands.
  • Access to quality higher education opportunities at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Kapiolani Community College, Chaminade University, and Hawaii Pacific University.
  • Great weather! Great food! Great beaches!


  • Fellowship recipients must be between 18-35 years old.
  • Minimum of 3 years taiko experience, or an equivalent?combination of experience in taiko and other performing?arts.
  • Applicants must submit, by mail or online: an application form, 10-15?minute audition videotape (DVD or YouTube), and an application essay. Finalists may be interviewed via telephone by members of TCP Performing Ensemble.
  • One-year commitment required with possibility for renewal. Approximately 10-15 hours/week in practice, teaching and administrative assistance.

Who should apply?

  • Members of youth taiko groups who are interested in pursuing their undergraduate degrees in Hawaii.
  • Members of collegiate taiko groups who are interested in pursuing graduate degrees in Hawaii.
  • Any other member of the taiko community interested in pursuing this unique opportunity.


For more information, visit the TCP Fellowship website at?https://taikoarts.com/fellowship/.

Taiko Center of the Pacific 2018 STI Information Now Available!

The Taiko Center of the Pacific’s?16th Annual Summer Taiko Intensives will take place?July 30 – August 3 in?Honolulu, Hawaii
Five days of taiko and Tsugaru shamisen with a stellar group of instructors from Japan and Hawaii.
Instructors include:
Hiromitsu Agatsuma – Tsugaru shamisen
Chieko Kojima – Hana Hachijo
Yosuke Oda – Odaiko, Katsugi taiko, chudaiko
Kenny Endo – taiko set (3 drums)
Sho’on Shibata – double beta uchi
–10% Discount available until May 2 for persons registering for 3 or more classes
For more information:

Yeeman Mui

Recorded September 20, 2016. 65 minute, 43 MB mp3 file.

From Yeeman Mui’s website:

Originally from Hong Kong, Yeeman moved to Honolulu in 2012 to study and teach traditional Japanese drumming at the Taiko Center of the Pacific. Mixing a combination of taiko and Orff education approach, it’s her dream to share the enjoyment of music to everyone of all ages and skill levels. Through activities such as body percussion, singing and dancing, she wants to help develop an individual’s sense of natural musicality. Outside of Hawaii and Hong Kong, Yeeman has also taught and performed in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Madrid, and recently conducted a series of teacher workshops in Macau.

In this interview, we discuss Yeeman’s education and performance background, how she got into both taiko and early childhood music education, and her current projects, including Taiko Tots, Taiko Together, and TaikOrff.

Taiko Tots is taught at the Taiko Center of the Pacific in Honolulu, HI. For more information, visit the class website.

Taiko Together is taught at the Los Angeles Taiko Institute in Torrance, CA. Visit Yeeman’s website or the Taiko Together Facebook page to learn more.

To learn more about the TaikOrff workshops for taiko and music teachers, visit the workshop website. The next workshop will be held in Washington, DC, December 17-18 2016. For more information, visit the workshop page.