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PUJA 2010: Love Letters at WCC Paliku Theater

May 10, 2010 at 06:02PM

the masterful GUI ALVES for PUJA: LOVE LETTERS 2010

photo: Joe Marquez

the Rhythm Renegades for PUJA: LOVE LETTERS 2010

photo: Joe Marquez

SANGHA Dance Theater for PUJA: LOVE LETTERS 2010

photo: Joe Marquez


photo: Bob McKeand


photo: Joe Marquez


photo: Joe Marquez


photo: Joe Marquez

Willow Chang and Passport Productions Presents


Windward Community College Paliku Theater
June 5th, Saturday 7:30 p.m. & June 6th, Sunday 2 p.m.

As Hawai’i’s Original Multicultural Dance Concert and Festival, we celebrate our third year with PUJA: LOVE LETTERS. This event combines dance, movement and music including traditional and innovative approaches. The show and cast promise to deliver the inspiration, diversity and creativity which are now synonymous with PUJA.

In 2008 Willow Chang and Passport Productions presented PUJA: An Offering In Dance, a journey in movement and music with artists from Honolulu and Proxy-Connection: keep-alive Cache-Control: max-age=0 road. Puja, the Sanskrit word meaning "offering,” is a celebration of devotion and the divine, expressed here in dance.

As Hawai’I’s original theatrical dance concert featuring both traditional AND modern dance, it’s no surprise both shows sold out!

In 2009, the vision continued with the concert PUJA: Gods and Monsters. This show brought together artists from all corners of the globe to explore the wealth of stories, myths, movement and music, spanning experiences that are both unique and universal. It also marked the debut of the PUJA dance Workshops, with 25 different classes offered by the artists in the concert.

Now in its’ third consecutive year, PUJA Annual Dance Concert & Festival continues in 2010, with the theme PUJA: LOVE LETTERS.

This show will explore ALL aspects of love, from romantic to familial, friendship to platonic, to love of country, a special place, a type of dance and all the shadowy sides of love like jealousy, madness and heartache.

The PUJA Dance Concert & Festival is a unique and groundbreaking experience that celebrates where tradition and innovation meet.
Performing: Argentine Tango (George Garcia & Isla Tango)
Modern Dance & Oriental Belly Dance (Willow Chang)
Jen Shannon & Convergence Dance Theater
Swing Dance with The Hawaii Jitterbugs
Chinese Qi Gong (Michael Hamilton)
Swasthya Yoga (Guilherme Alves)
Willow Chang’s SANGHA Dance Theater (contemporary fusion & Oriental Belly Dance)
Samba Axe
Pepper Raefin
Martial Arts with Anne Au
Break Dance with The Rhythm Renegades
The Page Dance Academy
Tahitian Dance with Herenui O Taehani
Butoh Drag Modern Dance Art with Sami Akuna & Giinko Marischino
Hula from Kumu Michael Pili Pang
Sewa Fare & Baydenyaa African Dance Ensemble
Salsa with Phillip Duong & Kimberly Tordjman
Beat boxer Jason Tom
Kirsten Wilkinson KWDance- modern dance
Special guest artists: Anasma from Paris, performing World Fusion & Oriental inspired dance
Arianna Halima al Tiye & The Nubian Moon Daughters - New York City
and returning from India, Colleena Shakti - Classical Indian Odissi dance!

Tickets are available pre-sale ($20 for students & seniors, $25 general) & at the door ($25 students & seniors, $30 general). For more information please contact Jason Tom at, or Willow Chang at,

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Well, here are some of my favorite classics: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and The Lord of the Rings (series) by J.R.R. Tolkien. Some great non-fiction books about the dance culture I love include Foundation by Joseph Schloss, which is an excellent book about NYC B-boy/B-girl or breaking/breakdance culture, Can't Stop Won't Stop by Jeff Chang, which is a great historical analysis of American Hip Hop culture, and The Underground is Massive by Michelangelo Mathos, an amazing history of electronic dance music culture. Happy reading everyone :)

Enders Game, The Great Gatsby, Of Men and Mice, Maximum Ride. I need to read more books. I haven't read so long Bc I've been attached to the ones I've already read.


Jason You're amazing guy! Huge congrats from Poland!

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Jason definitely deserves an auditorium of his own. He done a lot promoting the arts(especially beat-boxing) and inspiring people like myself to enjoy and constantly try to perfect an art and have an unstoppable mindset.





Congratulations, my friend! I'm so happy for you, Jason!!! How awesome and totally wicked would that be! I know you've worked really hard and is always inspiring people all over the world. You do you and keep up the great work. Dreams do come true and good things do happen to good people!

Now wouldn't that be something! Your art has definitely touched lives. I look forward to the day it gets built. I'll be excited for that sam choy aquatic center also :D

Aye that's lit. Keep doing what you're doing and you're putting a positive influence to a lot people

Jason Tom is a one-of-a-kind individual. During my sophomore year of high school, I remember watching him beatbox for our school for just a few minutes and was blown away by the amount of talent he was able to showcase in just that limited amount of time. Fast forward about three years or so, I was looking to write a feature story of a KCC alumnus/alumna for the KCC newspaper and came across Jason's name online. He was quick to respond to me when I reached out to him, and he was very interested in being featured. I got the chance to interview him, and couldn't believe the stories that he had to share with me. Over a two hour period, I was able to learn a lot about who Jason was, and he has proved to me that anybody can make it in life when even in the toughest situations. His humor and charismatic nature really bring his personality to life, and I blows me away to know that he has a positive impact on the community not only through his beatboxing but also through his words. Jason is inspiring, and I'm glad that I got to chat with him and share his story with many others and beyond.


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