LION DANCE JOURNEY

LION DANCE JOURNEY


PRAJWAL RATNA VAJRACHARYA 
COMING TO HAWAII for the FIRST TIME
AUGUST 21-28, 2011

Prajwal Ratna Vajracharya is a Nepalese Priest who founded Dance Mandal, the Foundation for Sacred Buddhist Arts of Nepal, in 1996.  Dance Mandal is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Charya Nritya, which means, “dance as a spiritual discipline.”  Dance Mandal now has a branch in the United States located in Portland Oregon where Prajwal Vajracharya is now based. He will be coming to Hawaii for the very first time to do a series of presentations including a rare and ancient lion dance brought out from the secrecy of the temples of the Kathmandu Valley for the world to behold.

Below please find a list of his presentations on various topics.  
Prajwal Ratna Vajracharya – Schedule of Appearances:

INTRODUCTION TO NEPALESE SACRED ARTS
Sunday, August 21, 2011 from noon – 2p.m.
Himalayan Treasures Inc. (Corner of University Avenue and King Street)
Parking is Free
Donations welcome
(808) 955-5565
www.himalayantreasuresinc.com

The Himalayan Treasures is a Nepalese store in Hawaii that is rich with sacred art and objects.  Meet Prajwal as he introduces you to the art of Nepalese movement and explains the depth behind some of the many arts and objects now available to us in Hawaii.

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LIVE INTERVIEW with Prajwal Ratna Vajracharya & Sushil Mulepati on the Peace of the Rainbow Hour
Monday, August 22, 2011 from 7-8a.m.
Broadcast LIVE:
*  Statewide on OC16 TV
*  and on Morning Drive of AM 1080 Radio
*  also Global on www.oc16.tv

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NEPALESE MOVEMENT/ DANCE WORKSHOP
Monday, August 22, 2011 from 6:30-8:30p.m.
Still and Moving Center 1024 Queen Street
(808) 397-7678
Fee $40 for general public, $30 for students, fixed-income seniors and military.
www.stillandmovingcenter.com

The sacred dance of the priests of Nepal is a dynamic yogic discipline whose movements and meditative elements effect profound changes of mind and body. The goals of the dance are yogic mastery of the body, refinement of the emotions, and deepened spiritual awareness. It is a unique opportunity for anyone interested in healing arts, sacred movement, meditation, Buddhism, or Asian practices and performance traditions.

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PACIFIC BUDDHIST ACADEMY SCHOOL PRESENTATION
“The Significance of Nepalese Buddhist Dance for Daily Life”
Honpa Hongwanji Temple - 1727 Pali Highway
Friday, August 26, 2011 from 10-11a.m.
(808) 532-2649

This is part of a Temple Service so guests are kindly requested to follow modest Temple Dress code (no slippers, shorts, revealing dress, etc.)

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NEPALESE MUDRA YOGA WORKSHOP
Saturday, August 27, 2011 from 2:30-4p.m.
Mindful Matters Wellness Center - 407 Uluniu St, Ste. 412
Kailua Medical Arts Bldg. 
(808) 230-2476 
Fee $25
www.mindfulmatterskailua.com

Through the fluidity of the movement, breath, and stillness, we can experience the internal energies of the subtle bodies. This leads to the self – understanding of our own individual mudras and culminates in the realization of Mahamudra.

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Lion Dance Journey

LION DANCE JOURNEY
Sunday, August 28, 2011 Doors open at 4:15 and performance starts at 5p.m.
Foster Botanical Gardens
Suggested Donation:  $15 general, $10 Kama’aina, $5 children 12 and under
(808) 524-8416
www.liondancejourney.com
Special Lion Dance performances from seven different cultural traditions.  Come join the journey and experience the similarities and the differences between the lion dances from Nepal, Africa, Japan, North China, South China, Okinawa and Korea are.

Nepalese Lion Dance by Prajwal Ratna Vajracharya
Shinghamukhi is a rare and ancient lion dance brought out from the secrecy of the temples of the Kathmandu Valley for the world to behold.  The Shinghamukhi is the red, fearless and very wrathful lion-faced female Buddha.  According to Prajwal, “she shows that enlightenment  is not a passionless state.  Rather, it is a state of wholeness, in which one has access to all the energies and capacities of one's being.  Simhamukha pulsates with the primal energies of life.”

This 1000 year old ancient ritual lion dance will be part of Lion Dance Journey, an experience of seven different Lion dances from around the world to be held at Foster Botanical Garden on Sunday, August 28, 2011 from 4:15 to 7:p.m.

Joining Prajwal from Nepal will be six other recognized lion dancers including one from Japan and one from Africa.  Kyosuke Suzuki, one of Japan’s top lion dancers and a master Edo Matsuri Bayashi musician and flutist (Japanese Festival Music of Edo) will be in Hawaii and performing this traditional Japanese celebratory Lion dance with Kenny Endo’s Taiko Center of the Pacific.  Also, Mor Faye from Senegal, West Africa will share the African Simb dance.

Sonia Chiyomi Fabrigas
Producer/Host, Peace of the Rainbow
Broadcast M-F 7-8a.m. Hawaii Time
Statewide on OC16 TV
Morning Drive on AM 1080 Radio
Global on www.oc16.tv
(808) 524-8416
www.peaceoftherainbow.com

For more information:
Sonia Fabrigas
(808) 524-8416
info@peaceoftherainbow.com
www.liondancejourney.com
www.peaceoftherainbow.com

or

Sushil Mulepati
(808) 955-5565
info@himalayantreasureinc.com
www.himalayantreasuresinc.com
www.dancemandal.com


HONOKA'A JAZZ BAND 2011 BIG CITY TOUR
IN CELEBRATION OF NATIONAL JAZZ APPRECIATION MONTH

Thursday, April 14th (10a.m.-1p.m.)
Shriner's Childrens Hospital Special Luncheon
1310 Punahou Street, Honolulu, HI 96826-1099

Thursday, April 14th 7-8p.m. NO COVER
Great Comfort Food
Dots Thursday Night Fellowship Jazz with Steve Lucas and Friends
Family Friendly Jazz
Dots in Wahiawa
139 Mango Street

Friday, April 15 7-8a.m.
Peace of the Rainbow Interview TRI-mulcast
Statewide on OC16 TV
Morning Drive on K108 Radio
Global on www.oc16.tv
Topic: The Power of Jazz
Panel: Gary Washburn, Chuck James, some students

Friday, April 15th - 11:10-11:40a.m. FREE
Opening for the Royal Hawaiian Band at Iolani Palace with Remarks by Representative Mark Nakashima

Friday, April 15th - 6:30-7:30 p.m. FREE
Windward Mall Center Stage

Saturday, April 16th - noon-12:45 FREE
Ala Moana Shopping Center Stage

Saturday, April 16th – 6:15-7:00p.m. FREE
Twilight Jazz at Helemoa
Royal Grove at the Royal Hawaiian Center

Followed by Paul Shimamoto performing from his debut release "All That Hawaiian Jazz" a multi Na Hoku Nominee and Kekauoha The Jazz Project

Sunday, April 17th - 12:15-1:15p.m. FREE
Honolulu Academy of Arts
Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday: The Big 84

April 17, 11am-5pm (activities end at 3pm)
Help the Honolulu Academy of Arts celebrate its 84th birthday! Join us for a fun-filled day of music, birthday games and free ice cream from Meadow Gold (while supplies last). Then create your own edible art pieces with cupcakes, frosting and candies. It’s all free!

For More Information:

Contact: Sonia (808) 524-8416