Virtual Okinawan Festival 2020 Program: Sep 4

FRIDAY, Sep 4, 5:00 – 7:00 pm (Hawaii Time)
Webinar: 120th Anniversary of Okinawan Immigration

Streamed live from

Masato Ishida, PhD, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
Masafumi Honda, PhD, University of Hawai’i at Hilo

Special Guest Lecturer:
Munehiro Machida, former Director Center for Migration Studies, the University of Ryukyus

Wesley Ueunten, PhD, San Francisco State University
Takahiro Nakajima, PhD, University of Tokyo

Hawaii United Okinawan Association – In commemoration of the 120th Anniversary of Okinawan Immigration, the Hawaii United Okinawa Association is proud to partner with the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Center for Okinawan Studies to present an educational symposium webinar about Okinawan immigration.

The first group of Okinawan migrants left Okinawa in 1899 and arrived in Hawaii in 1900. But the socio-political-economic forces that led to immigration began decades earlier. Learn about the conditions that led to immigration to Hawaii and beyond. Presentations will be made in English and Japanese (English sub-titled).

​The webinar covers Toyama Kyuzo’s role and accomplishment as the “Father of Okinawan Immigration”; stories about the first two groups that came to Hawaii (1900 and 1903); subsequent changes of Okinawan community in Hawaii; and the expansion of Okinawan immigration to South America and the Pacific.

Due to overwhelming interest, we’ve maxed out at 1000 registrants attending the 120th Anniversary Okinawan Immigration Webinar. We will be making the rerun publicly available after the festival. Please check for more information at a later date. Thank you for your interest and support!

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