Classes (sanshin, shimakutuba etc) begin January 12
First Shimakutuba class (Okinawan language) will be this coming Monday 12 January at Jikoen 7:30. Good time to bring your friends and family to join in our classes.
Okinawan Lunar New Year Celebration! February 21st, Saturday, Jikoen Hall 6pm. Come welcome in the Year of the Sheep
If you haven’t already sent in your RSVP, please do so as soon as possible for our annual Okinawan lunar new year celebration. $15 per person admission includes dinner.
This year we will have a special celebration “Tachi Ujumun Iyaware” (Awakening and blessing of the Dragon). In LooChoo/Okinawa, the Dragon is a symbol of prosperity, good luck, and a powerful guardian. The dragon is connected with the king as was given permission by the emperor of China and honored as a very sacred symbol of LooChoo. This is why there are only 2 traditional sacred dragons in Okinawa that are only used for special events and festivals. One is in Shuri and the other in Gushikawa. Ukwanshin will be keeping this tradition with Hawaii’s first LooChoo Dragon for the Okinawa community. Unlike the Shiisa that you see often, this Dragon will only be used for special occasions and events for the community. In China and Okinawa, the dragon is sometimes seen with the lions as powerful guardians expelling bad luck and bringing good fortune.
The awakening and blessing ceremony will be done at the New Year Celebration according to traditional Chinese and Okinawan customs.
Please email your RSVP, or call 845-5192 and leave a message with your name, how many attending, and contact number. You may send your payments for the event to:
PO Box 892725
Mililani, Hawaii 96789
LooChoo Identity Conference March 20-22, 2015
Ukwanshin Kabudan, in conjunction with Maui Okinawa Kenjin Kai and maui Ryukyu Culture Group, will be hosting an exciting conference on Okinawan Identity. We will discuss and look at our deeper understanding of Okinawan culture, arts, language , and history, as we see how it connects to our identity. We hope that this will help to strengthen our communities even more, to pass down to our future generations. A few highlights of the conference will be presentations from the different islands, and also hearing the success of revitalization of Hawaiian identity through a panel of Native Hawaiian professionals and experts who are also Uchinaanchu.
Hurry and register to get the discounted rates! For more information and to register, please visit our website. Ukwanshin can also book your Hawaiian flight through our corporate account or you may also check rates on Island Air.
* Please remember that it will be Spring Break season, so book early.
You can also email us or see us at any of our workshops.
If you have any questions about anything or are interested in any of our events, please feel free to contact us.