Great-Grandfather’s Drum

ggd01If you are still looking for “that special gift” for “that special person,” you may want to consider a very good DVD, Great-Grandfather’s Drum. Stories are told through an intimate and joyful portrait of Maui Taiko, a contemporary Japanese-American drum ensemble, descendants of plantation workers, and by elders who lived this history. Experience Maui Taiko’s dynamic performances on the giant drums, and travel with them on a heartfelt journey back to rural Japan to seek their ancestral roots. These families handed down taiko traditions through five generations in Hawai’i. Taiko is a living part of their community today.

For non-Islanders, Great-Grandfather’s Drum unlocks the door to a colorful culture that is unique to Hawai’i, a world seldom seen by people outside the community. Americans of Japanese ancestry are one of the largest ethnic groups in Hawai’i.

This documentary was shown on public television and would be an excellent addition to any DVD collection, including your own.

DVD Title: Great-Grandfather’s Drum

Produced by Opticus Media Corporation; Producers: Cal and Victoria Lewin

Short Description: Great-Grandfather’s Drum celebrates Japanese-American culture and history in Hawai’i. An inspiring century-long story of struggle and success in the greatest American tradition — of plantation life, patriotic heroism during World War II, and helping to create statehood for Hawai’i.




For more information: Kay Fukumoto, 808-283-9999;