Great Grandfather's Drum (DVD)
Produced by Victoria and Cal Lewin
Great Grandfather's Drum celebrates Japanese-American culture and history in Hawaii as told through an intimate and joyful portrait of Maui Taiko, a contemporary Japanese-American drum ensemble, descendants of plantation workers, and by elders who lived this history. An inspiring century-long story of struggle and success in the greatest American tradition -- of plantation life, patriotic heroism during World War II, and helping to create statehood for Hawaii.
Experience Maui Taiko's dynamic performances on the giant drums, and travel with them on a heartfelt journey back to rural Japan to seek their ancestral roots. These families handed down taiko traditions through five generations in Hawaii. Taiko is a living part of their community today. Running time: 57 min. Closed captioned.