A (video) Tribute to
Mary ‘Molly’ Kitajima
October 25, 1925 – January 25, 2014
Strong.Spirited.Resilient.Just by looking at her, these may not be the first words you would use to describe Molly Kitajima.Her small stature contradicts her monumental life.But then you take a closer look.Her face tells her story.Each wrinkle is like a road she’s traveled in her life.And then you notice the glimmer in her eyes.It hints to the fiery and passionate personality within.
Molly reminded us to live life with a kind and generous heart, and to always, always stand for what you believe in. Battles large and small, she always fought for what was just, wanting to leave the world better than when she came.
Molly was an inspiration to us as A FIERCE WOMAN as well a taiko player. She started playing taiko at the age of 64, and continued well into her late 80s. She not only played taiko, but lead two groups, Onami Taiko and Heiwa Taiko, a grandma-only taiko group. Molly was a role model, reminding us that that life was yours to live and you could do anything at any age.
Please join us in celebrating Molly as we play “Nakama No Uta” a piece that Molly taught us about friendship.
Narration by LeeAnn Teylan, Performed by members of The Genki Spark. Submitted by: Karen