Japanese Cultural Society of Maui to honor Kay Fukumoto at annual dinner

The Japanese Cultural Society of Maui will welcome the Year of the Snake at its annual Shinnen Enkai (new year) dinner on Jan. 26 in the Elleair Rainbow Room at the Maui Beach Hotel.

The Shinnen Enkai will begin at 5 p.m. with the traditional otoso (sake welcome) with a no-host cocktail hour to follow. Dinner is scheduled for 6 p.m.

The cost for the buffet dinner is $50 adults, $20 children (5 to 10 years old) and free for children ages 5 and younger. Tickets are available at the Maui Box Shop and Credit Associates in Wailuku and at Sanrio at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center. Tickets are limited and will not be sold at the door.

The event will highlight the past year’s events and programs sponsored by JCS Maui and will feature performances by 2011 KZOO Grand Champion 16-year-old Tevita Apina, aka Hikariyama Torao, of Honolulu and Maui Taiko.

Kay Fukumoto will be honored at the event as the JCS Maui Nihon Bunka Awardee for 2013 for her excellence and contributions to promoting and perpetuating the Japanese culture.

Fukumoto has led Maui Taiko since it was founded as a nonprofit organization in 1996.

The event will also feature a silent auction with proceeds to go toward the club’s various projects. To make a donation for the silent auction, call Tiffany Iida at 276-5444.

JCS Maui will also arrange to dress attendees who wish to wear kimono. To schedule kimono dressing, call 283-9999.

For more information on the dinner, call Yuki Lei Sugimura at 870-8047.