Hula for Health, Hawaii's Makaha Sons and California Hotel put the sizzle into September at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre

    TORONTO, Aug. 10 /CNW/ - The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre's (JCCC)
Heritage Committee has planned a hot September of activities showcasing the
immigrant experience outside Japan through dance, music and gaming.
    Toronto is the only Canadian destination on the Makaha Sons "Take a Walk
in the Country" world tour. Two performances of "An Evening in Aloha" are
scheduled for Friday, September 18 and Saturday, September 19. For over 30
years, the Makaha Sons have performed traditional Hawaiian music throughout
Hawai'i and the world. Tickets are $35.00 each. For highlights of previous
performances, visit
    Introduced at the JCCC last spring, Hula for Health is now a popular
activity for all ages that heightens the appreciation for the purely Hawaiian
dance style. Taught by Kumu (Hula teacher) Melilia Uriarte of Toronto's Hawaii
Pacific Magic School (Halau), the weeknight classes are open to everyone. To
register, contact the JCCC.
    Opening on September 7 and running to September 30, this exhibition of
the Nevada's famous California Hotel chronicles the close relationship between
Hawaiians and this favourite gaming destination.
    "This year's focus is on the Japanese-American experience and the mix of
activities speaks to the varied and common experiences of immigrants from
Japan," said Ken Noma, Chair of the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre Heritage
Committee. "Many Japanese Canadians call Hawaii their second home. For
example, traditional Japanese food has fused with Polynesian and dishes
brought over by other immigrants. For breakfast in Hawaii I enjoy two scoops
of rice, eggs-over-easy and Portuguese sausage."
    "The JCCC shares and celebrates the Japanese experience whether modern as
in our August Shinsedai Independent Film Festival and Hula dancing, or
traditional seasonal festivals like Road to Asia, as well as special
performances and exhibitions such as California Hotel," said James Heron,
Executive Director of the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. "The Centre
follows the motto of "friendship through culture"."
    The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre is located at 6 Garamond Court,
(Don Mills & Eglinton). For information, schedules and tickets visit or call 416-441-2345.

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