Aʻo Taiko

A'o Taiko is the contemporary Japanese drumming ensemble of the Buddhist Study Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The A'o Taiko philosophy is inherent in its name: it will embrace the process of learning where as one learns, the knowledge is spread to the group and used for and improved on by others.  In addition to being its founder, Thomas serves as the instructor for the group, and with his experience with various taiko groups and western ensembles, brings a new flavor to taiko education.  

Our practices are Sundays 10AM to 12PM and Tuesdays 7PM to 9PM.


808NDNZ is a northern powwow drum group that represents Hopi, Colville, Maya, Taino, Oneida, Comanche, and Mexica tribes.

The drum group sings for the Oahu Intertribal Council's Honolulu Intertribal Powwow, Kaua'i Pow Wow Council's All Nations Kaua'i Powwow, and Hawai'i Island All Nations Powwow.