PHOTOS: 2019 UH Hilo International Nights

International Nights is a long-standing tradition at UH Hilo that spans over four decades, and is a favorite event on campus.

Photos by Bob Douglas for UH Hilo Stories.
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Featuring solo drummer, with some other drummers in background. Red lighting.
Taishoji Taiko (Japan) opened this year’s International Nights with “Akatsuki,” on Feb. 22 at the Performing Arts Center, UH Hilo. Photos by Bob Douglas, click to enlarge.

Each year the International Student Association at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo produces shows that feature performances from the many different cultures and countries represented at the university. International Nights is a long-standing tradition at UH Hilo that spans over four decades, and is a favorite event on campus among students, the community, and visitors. Performers volunteer their time and do not get paid for their time and effort in preparing for and executing their performances—a testament to the willingness of UH Hilo’s international students to share their cultures with others.

This year’s International Nights were held on Feb. 22 & 23.

FRIDAY, FEB. 22, 2019

 

Taishoji Taiko (Japan)
“Akatsuki”

Drummers, red lighted stage.

 

Native American
“Hoop Dance”

Woman dancing with hoops.

 

Korea Treasure (Korea)
“Korea Traditional Dance & K-Pop”

Modern dancers in street clothes.

 

Bayanihan Club (Phillipines)
“Tinikling”

Two women doing traditional Philippine folk dance with candles.

 

Performing Arts Club (USA)
“For the Love of Musicals”

Woman singing in pajamas.

 

Kosrae Hilo Organization (Kosrae, FSM)
“Traditional Stick Dance & Women’s Chant”

Male Kosrae dancers in grass dress with sticks

 

Melanin Magic (Africa)
“Modern African Dance”

Group of dancers doing modern/African dance, red and orange lighting.

 

Tupulaga O Samoa Mo A Taeao (Samoa)
“O le olaga faʻasamoa”

Single woman dancer dancing, crouched down, smile, graceful hands.

 

SATURDAY, FEB. 23, 2019

 

Puna Taiko (Japan)
“Hiryu-Issho Medley / Yodan Uchi”

Drummers, group with arms held high ready to strike drums. Blue lighting.

 

India Music Hawaiʻi (South Asia)
“Raga Jinhoti”

Couple dancing, man bows to woman, bright pink lighting. Group in background playing musical instruments.

 

Hawaiʻi Irish Dance (Ireland)
“Irish Rock Celebration!”

Group of female Irish dancers in traditional dress, plaid skirts, men in background hold flags.

 

Ngelekeil Belau (Palau)
“Palauan Contemporary Dance”

Large group of palau dancers in blue, ti skirt at waist.

 

Big Island Kiribati Club (Kiribati)

Solo woman dancing, grass dress. Blue background.

 

Big Island Desi (India)
“Bollywood Fusion”

Solo woman, traditional Indian dress, striking pose with hand mudra.

 

Fije Meke Group (Fiji)
“Mekw Vakaviti (Fijian Dance)”

Fijian dancers in traditional dress. Blue lighting.

 

Marshallese Iakwe Club (Marshall Islands)
“Biit Dance”

Group dance, black and orange costumes, orange background.

 

 Bob Douglas is a local artist, photographer, and sometimes part-time student who volunteers his photography skills to the Office of the Chancellor and UH Hilo Stories. Visit his website at bob-douglas.com.