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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Monday, October 18, 2004

Hawai'i fans to celebrate 30 years of Kikaida

Advertiser Staff

The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i will present the Kikaida 30th Anniversary Festival and will open its exhibit, "Japanese Superheroes," 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 30 at the center, 2454 S. Beretania St.

"Kikaida," a Japanese superhero TV series, became a pop-culture phenom when it was first broadcast in Hawai'i 30 years ago.

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Admission is free to the event, which marks the 30th anniversary of the first Hawai'i broadcast of Kikaida, the Japanese superhero series that became a pop-culture hit here, along with the similar Kamen Rider series.

Festivalgoers are invited to dress in series costumes. Autograph and photo sessions with actors Daisuke Ban and Hiroshi Miyaguchi are planned, with a portion of service fees to benefit the center.

There will be entertainment, contests, giveaways, food booths and a "Kikaidology" panel presentation by fans Lee Tonouchi and Aaron Yamasato.

The exhibit, through Nov. 19, will feature classic toys and memorabilia from various superhero series in the center's Community Gallery, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; admission is free.

Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona will welcome Ban and Miyaguchi at 9 a.m. Oct. 28 at the Capitol. Gov. Linda Lingle will designate Oct. 29 as the 30th Anniversary of Kikaida in Hawai'i Day.

An autograph session with Ban and Miyauchi is set for 5-6:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at Shirokiya.

An anniversary party will start at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Ala Moana Hotel. Tickets: $35. Reservations, due Oct. 20, through 836-0361 or www.generationkikaida .com. Information: 945-7633.