George Furukawa

George Furukawa is a freelance writer based in Pearl City. HI. He has been a professional journalist for more than 40 years and has worked in various editorial positions for daily, weekly, and monthly publications. His articles have appeared in local as well as national publications including the Honolulu Star-Bulletin (now the Star-Advertiser), Building Industry Digest, Engineering News Record, Porthole, Nature Conservancy, Amateur Chef, Credit Union Times, Fresh Cut and Corporate & Incentive Travel.

Updated August 2022

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Maui Taiko

Kay Fukumoto of Maui Taiko is the embodiment of a treasured legacy that continues to resonate today, despite the ravages of a global pandemic and the devastating loss of a beloved family member — her sister Lin Watanabe. Perhaps Fukumoto’s admirable resilience can be partly attributed to being the first female (at age 10) to be allowed to play the highly revered taiko. According to Fukumoto, at that time, if a taiko player did not meet expectations the player was expelled from the yagura (tower). “I’m continuing the tradition of Fukushima Ondo on Maui, and it&rsqu...

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