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February 14, 2010

News for Kawaii Kon 2010:

Kawaii Kon 2010 announces final guests of honor

Honolulu, HI, February 13, 2010- Kawaii Kon is honored to announce that popular voice actors Hideo Ishikawa and Masakazu Morita, as well as up-and-coming music sensation Alt/Air will be attending Kawaii Kon 2010 as our final guests of honor!

Don't miss your chance to see Alt/Air in concert, and Mr. Ishikawa and Mr. Morita's first convention appearance in the United States!

They join an amazing group of guests that include Shinji Aramaki, Daisuke Kishio, Johnny Yong Bosch, Vic Mignogna, Wendy Powell, Bob and Emily DeJesus, David Williams and Samantha Inoue-Hart!

Hideo Ishikawa
Mr. Ishikawa is a Japanese seiyuu from Hyogo, Japan. With an impressive body of voice work in both anime and video games, some of his most notable roles include:

  • Itachi Uchiha in Naruto
  • Jushiro Ukitake in Bleach
  • Kiccho Fukuda in Slam Dunk
  • Auron in Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy X-2 and Kingdom Hearts II
  • Leon in Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II
  • Squall Leonhart in Dissidia: Final Fantasy
  • Cait Sith in Dirge of Cerebus Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VII Advent Children

This will be Mr. Ishikawa's first convention appearance outside of Japan! For more info, please go to:

Masakazu Morita
No stranger to fans of Bleach or the Final Fantasy series, Mr. Morita has put together an impressive resume of voice roles in a relatively short amount of time. The winner of the award for "Best Rookie Actor" at the first Seiyuu Awards in 2007, some of his most notable roles include:

  • Ichigo Kurosaki in Bleach
  • Hollow Ichigo in Bleach
  • Tidus in Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy X-2, Kingdom Hearts and Dissidia: Final Fantasy
  • Pegasus Seiya in Saint Seiya: Hades Chapter
  • Auel Neider in Gundam Seed Destiny

He also hosts the radio show, Bleach B-Station. This will be Mr. Morita's first appearance at a U.S. convention! For more info, please go to:

Alt/Air is appearing through a partnership with GroundUp Agency INTL. Singer Aly Ishikuni is no stranger to the music business- the young talent was discovered back when she was only 18, making it to the finals of the Brown Bags to Stardom talent competition. Soon after, she was traveling the world and working with world-class labels such as Avex, and artists such as BoA, m-flo, Howie D. and Christina Milian. Aly, together with partner Kowai Kowai, comprise GroundUp's latest music sensation: Alt/Air! A melodic fusion of DJ beats and J-Pop hooks.

About Kawaii Kon
Kawaii Kon 2010 will be held April 16-18th, 2010 at the Hawaii Convention Center.
Kawaii Kon is a three-day convention event dedicated to creating a broader awareness of, and appreciation for Japanese animation by celebrating the richness of this artform. Through cooperation with the community, Kawaii Kon hopes to facilitate growth of the anime, manga and related industries in Hawaii and beyond. In addition to providing a central event for fans and enthusiasts, Kawaii Kon seeks to become a vehicle for sharing and disseminating industry information. Kawaii Kon also provides the community and related industries the opportunity to network and conduct business.
Thanks to the support of organizations like Bandai Entertainment, Manga Entertainment, The Honolulu Festival, The Hawaii International Film Festival and the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, Kawaii Kon has grown in just five years to include thousands of annual attendees. Fans, artists and industry guests gather from all over the world for the 3-Day extravaganza. For more information please visit:

About GroundUp Agency INTL

The GroundUp Agency INTL is a worldwide collective of creative types, based in Hawaii; Fusing together different genres of art including music, fashion, photography, graffiti, tattoo, and large-scale paintings, the GroundUP "pirates" are blurring the lines of separation, re-defining local art as well as influencing art scenes across the globe.