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Hilo Elks present World of Magic

<p>Courtesy photo</p><p>This year the annual Hilo Elks World of Magic performance on Dec. 8 will include Taishoji Taiko of Hilo, above, and magician Kelvin Chun of Oahu.</p>

Community members are invited to come join in a midday event of spell-binding entertainment and treats at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8, at the historic Palace Theater on Haili Street.

This year the annual Hilo Elks World of Magic performance will include Taishoji Taiko of Hilo and magician Kelvin Chun of Oahu. Taishoji Taiko was founded in 1989 under the direction of Yoshihumi Ono at Taishoji Soto Mission in Hilo. The group originally played only for Taishoji’s annual bon dance, but gradually expanded into kumi daiko, or performance drumming.

Currently under the direction of Chad Nakagawa, members of Taishoji Taiko are a diverse collection of ages and backgrounds united by their passion for the energy and spirit of taiko. Their performances are fun, dynamic crowd pleasers sure to be enjoyed by audience of all ages.

“Magi-kel Magi-chun” Kelvin Chun is an internationally recognized award winning educator, magician, balloon artist and kite enthusiast. He has more than 20 years of magic and balloon experience and has competed against and performed with world class magicians in prestigious international magic competitions. Learning magic and balloon techniques from all over the world, Kelvin’s performance is infused with international flair and has mesmerized audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

“Please come join us for this fun-filled event,” said spokeswoman Lily Chan-Harris. “At the show’s end we are expecting a jolly visit from Santa, too. Admission is free and donations are gladly accepted.” Questions? Call the Hilo Elks Lodge at 935-1717.


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