A Celebration of Indonesia (Recap)
On Friday, November 30th, the Indonesian Embassy in D.C. and the East-West Center jointly hosted the groundbreaking event for an Indonesian garden, blessing the ground with ritual, dance and music on the East-West Center campus in Honolulu. Indonesian Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Budi Bowoleksono, joined with Dr. Richard Vuylsteke (President, East-West Center) and Regent Dosmar Banjarnahor (Humang Hasundutan Regency, North Sumatra) and Toba Batak musicians and dancers as part of the ceremony. A full-day conference on US-Indonesia maritime cooperation followed at the East-West Center, and an evening of Indonesian-Hawaii fusion dance and food capped this rich day of international collaboration.
Thanks to Professor Krisna Suryanata, Professor Ehito Kimura, and CSEAS Associate Director Paul Rausch for the following photographs and videos.
Featured performances included Balinese dances by performers of UH Gamelan Segara Madu, under the direction of I Made Widana and Dr. Annie Reynolds. The Toba Batak musicians also performed five pieces from different Batak communities.