One of the premier high school Taiko programs in the nation celebrates its 10th anniversary festival on Sunday, April 10, at 4 p.m. at the Pearl City Cultural Center. The theme for Pacific Buddhist Academy's annual Taiko Festival is Shin/The Heart and Mind of Taiko, calling forth the belief, spirit and heart of a tradition that began with PBA's founding and continues as it commences breaking ground for a new classroom building this year.
Taiko is an integral part of the curriculum at Pacific Buddhist Academy, the only high school in the United States with a Peace Curriculum based on Buddhist teachings. Considered a reflective art, Taiko is required for freshmen who may choose to continue to study it through their senior year. "Taiko builds a foundation for our students that enriches the mental, physical, and spiritual dimensions of their daily lives," said Sensei Jay Toyofuku, who has taught Taiko since the school's founding in 2003. All PBA students participate in the festival along with faculty and guest artists.
Tickets for the festival are $25, general admission, or $20 for students, alumni, and seniors, and may be purchased by calling 808-532-2649 or in person at PBA's Main Office at 1727 Pali Highway, or online at www.pacificbuddhistacademy.org. For sponsorship opportunities for this student showcase, please call Rüdiger Rückmann, 532-2649, Ext. 209.