Lewis takes the stage to benefit

It wasn’t by design that Reiko Lewis, Ventus Design’s principal, was one of the performers in the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce’s 69th annual Shinnen Enkai. The show took place on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 at the Manoa Grand Ballroom and featured a talented cast of local business leaders who for one evening, traded in their suits to don traditional kabuki kimonos and reenact scenes from the 1960s film,Shiranami Gonin Otoko.

Lewis was responsible for one of the play’s leading roles that of Benten Kozo, the main character of the story. Benten Kozo a gizoku, or honorable thief, is one of the band of five thieves the story follows who share their life stories before they are captured by police.

Proceeds from this year’s Shinnen Enkai benefited the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce.

Gonin Otoko From Right:

Reid Chung (Central Pacific Bank), Reiko Lewis (Ventus Design) Allen Komori (MassMutual Financial Group), Taylor Kirihara (Bank of Hawaii), Clayton Hill (Prudential Financial Service)

Policeman on the far left: Neil Kuioka (Prudential Locations, President HJJHC)

Kojo in the middle: Peter Yukimura (Koa Trading Company, Kauai)