We are a Japanese drumming group based in Hawaii, on the island of Oahu. We emphasize on the basics— tackling first, the why. Then, zeroing in on the how.

Maybe, you haven’t been able to quite get a technique down, are looking to take your solo to the next level, or simply would love to learn how to play taiko. Group lessons for all ages and skill levels are available. We also offer private and semi-private coaching on all aspects of interest to elevate your taiko skills.

Planning your next party or event and looking for a way to keep your guests entertained and energized? A taiko performance at a wedding, birthday, graduation, or a grand opening is sure to do the trick. Manoa Taiko offers a variety of performance packages to best suit your party needs. We will work with you to tailor a taiko performance perfect for you and your guests.

For inquiries on any of our services, please message us on Facebook, call us at 808-620-4630 or email us at manoataiko@gmail.com. We would be more than happy to hear from and assist you!

Our director:
Michael Gonhata first started playing with Ryusei Taiko at Koganji Temple at the age of 8. In 2002, he moved to Japan to train under the renowned Tosha Kiyonari, an original member of Sukeroku Daiko and leader of Nihon Taiko Dojo. During that time, he became a performing member and received certification to play and teach all of Tosha Sensei’s songs and techniques, including Uneri, Mikoshi, and Yodan.

Since returning home in 2004, Michael has been teaching workshops at local schools and for taiko groups throughout Hawaii, US mainland, Germany, and Canada. He is also a guest instructor-in-residence at Puna Taiko on Hawaii island. He continues to perform at public and private events in Hawaii, as well as, Sanja Matsuri and concerts with Nihon Taiko Dojo in Tokyo. He has been guest artist with Somei Taiko and Hawaii Matsuri Taiko and on occasion can be found collaborating with local ukulele extraordinaire Taimane Gardner.