LIHUE — Drums connect all cultures, said Pearl Shimizu of the Kauai Japanese Cultural Society.
Drums formed the core of Hot Kauai Nights, a two-day celebration of culture on Kauai which wrapped up with ondo dancing at the North Vidinhasoccer fields.
Nonprofit organizations were invited to fill in the ring of activity centered around the Japanese bon dance and the Okinawa eisa dancing that unfoldedeach night to the drumming of Freckie Okada, Ray Paler, Kim Chow, Gerald Hirata, George Costa, Brycen Hiraoka and Lori Michioka.
Cultural dances included Zumba with Alan Villaflor, the fire knife dance by the Michael Drake ohana, Tahitian dancing, Latin dancing with the AlohaDance Company with Tiffany Dodge, and Filipino folk dance with the Bailes De Jose Dance Troupe under the direction of Jose Bulatao.
A special kali, or Filipino martial arts, demonstration capped the festivities.