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‘AYANUJI: Okinawa’s Traditional Culture Past and Present’ – EWC (Honolulu) Gallery 9/25/16 – 1/8/17

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Honolulu City Council Ignoring Voters Urging a Resolution in Support of the People of Okinawa?

Fellow Hawaii Okinawans, Ever wonder why unlike Berkeley and Seattle (which don’t have the Okinawan population that we do), cities that have already voiced their support for Okinawa and its people, our illustrious Honolulu City Council is dragging its feet … Continue reading

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Public Forum 9/1/16: Peace & Security for Okinawa (UH-Manoa 5:30-7:30pm)

CONTACT: HOA (HAWAI`I OKINAWA ALLIANCE); Aiko Yamashiro: 358-0871; aiko.yamashiro@gmail.com OKINAWAN REPRESENTATIVES APPEAL FOR DEMOCRACY, PEACE, & HUMAN SECURITY Honolulu, September 1, 2016- Community leaders from Okinawa are in Honolulu to appeal for the protection of their island from further US … Continue reading

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‘Ōshima Hikki’ – Account of an 18th-Century Ryukyuan Ship

Rodney Inefuku’s latest post, “Okinawan and Japanese Boats” (8/6/16), prompted me to google Okinawan boats, and in the process I stumbled on one of the best sites on both Okinawan history and Okinawan karate — Ryukyu Bugei. The owner is … Continue reading

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Okinawan and Japanese Boats

I was always curious how Okinawans used to travel about Okinawa island during the old days. There was a road built by one of the Okinawan kings, which ran from Naha to Nago city past Nago through Taira village and … Continue reading

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Discussion on US Military Bases in Okinawa – Pre-register by 7/15/16

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Taikai 2016 Places to Visit: Makishi Monorail (Yui Rail) Station on Kokusai Dori

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Taikai 2016 Places to Visit: Shopping Arcades on Kokusai Dori

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20-year-old Rina Shimabukuro Raped and Killed by Former US Marine

Fellow Okinawans near and far: When will it end? WHO will support the Okinawan people? Should we just resign ourselves that as long as the US military remains in Okinawa, these crimes will continue? DOES ANYBODY CARE? If you see … Continue reading

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Taikai 2016 Information (update June 15)

6/15/16 – Route Finder Okinawa website to get around Okinawa by bus. 6/15/16 – Additional information from June McVey, communication coordinator of Okinawa Tomonokai of Ohio: 1. The 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Fesitval committee in Okinawa will hand nametags and bus … Continue reading

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‘UchinaAloha’ – Aug 25-Oct 1. 2016 (Honolulu)

UchinaAloha World Premiere by Lee A. Tonouchi Directed by Reiko Ho August 25 – October 1, 2016 Charming Tradition vs. Change Comedy “Da Pidgin Guerilla” Lee A. Tonouchi brings us a warm tale of generations of an Okinawan family in … Continue reading

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US Military Bases on Okinawa: Is Anybody Listening?

Fellow Okinawans near and far, The question is often asked, “When will all this end?” But nobody listens. Look at the Japanese gov’t, the American gov’t, our Honolulu City Council. No one seems to take to heart the plight of … Continue reading

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Resolution 15-322, CD1 Deferred

Folks, Got word that Resolution 15-322, CD1 has been deferred by the Honolulu City Council. Obviously, the city council members do not have an appreciation for the pain that the Okinawan people have been experiencing the past 72 years. Is … Continue reading

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Lecture on ‘Father of Okinawan Studies’ on 5/23/16 at U of HI

COS Lecture Series: “Ifa Fuyu in Context — Ryukyuan History and World War II Meeting in South Okinawa” Featuring M. Ishida, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Hawaii at Manoa Dr. Ishida, a memberr of the Center for Okinawan Studies, is … Continue reading

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Scholarship to Study in Okinawa Deadline 5/20/16

DEADLINE EXTENDED (May 20), SCHOLARSHIP STILL AVAILABLE! If you are UHM student considering studying in Okinawa, this is a great opportunity. Open to advanced undergraduate majors and graduate students. The University of the Ryukyus and UH Manoa have exchange program. … Continue reading

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Experience Awamori on 5/19/16 at Pineapple Room, Honolulu

From: Shari Y. Tamashiro Sent: Thursday, May 05, 2016 12:26 AM Subject: Special Event: Experience Awamori on May 19th at Pineapple Room Special one-time event! EXPERIENCING AWAMORI at The Pineapple Room Thursday, May 19, 2016 The Pineapple Room by Alan … Continue reading

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Resolution 15-322 Timeline

MESSAGE FROM ED KUBA Ladies and Gents: Please note the following schedule of events: April 26: Meeting of Executive Matters and Legal Affairs Committee when Resolution 15-322, CD1 will be addressed. It’s not a perfect resolution, but is good enough … Continue reading

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Call for Testimony: Resolution 15-322 Committee Hearing 4/26/16 at 1PM

MESSAGE FROM ED KUBA Ladies and Gents: After six months of effort, Resolution 15-322, CD1 has finally been placed on the agenda for the Executive Matters and Legal Affairs Committee meeting on Tuesday, April 26, starting at 1:00, Honolulu Hale, … Continue reading

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Taikai 2016: Sanshin Lessons for Opening Ceremony

1. Ahabushi Lyrics (tempo 68) 第6回世界のウチナーンチュ大会 安波節 歌詞 2. Ahabushi Kunkunshi (sanshin musical score) (tempo 68) 第6回世界のウチナーンチュ大会 安波節 工工四 Music sheet PDF.

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Taikai 2016 Theme Song ‘Yui – Linking Your Heart’

第6回世界のウチナーチュ大会 テーマソング「結~心届く~」 [Yui – Kokoro Todoku (Yui – Linking Your Heart)] uploaded by okinawaBBtv on 1/28/16. The Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival Theme Song “Yui – Kokoro Todoku” (“Yui – Linking Your Heart”) Music and Lyrics: Mai Hanashiro Music Arranged by: Katsuya Yabe … Continue reading

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2016 Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival Program

Click here to go to the official site of the The 6th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival.

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San Francisco Okinawa Kenjin Kai

On the San Francisco Okinawa Kenjin Kai website, click on the English option (in the top right corner) if necessary. Upcoming Events Keiro Kai – Senior Citizen’s Day August 28, 2016 (Sunday) Time: 12:30 – 4:00 Location: San Mateo Buddhist … Continue reading

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OAA Upcoming Events Apr – July 2016

Seisonen-Bu (Activities Committee) 23rd Golf Tournament April 24, 2016 (Sunday) @ Chester Washington Golf Course RSVP REQUIRED More information to be announced Annual OAA Picnic Performances, Games, Raffles, Okinawan Bon Dance! July 17, 2016 (Sunday) • 11AM – 4PM @ … Continue reading

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Okinawa Taikai Caravan at Hawaii Okinawa Center 5/9/16 at 7PM

Okinawa’s Governor Takeshi Onaga will lead the Worldwide Uchinanchu Taikai Caravan to Hawaii, Los Angeles, Vancouver, and Washington D.C. to share information about the Taikai. This Taikai information sharing session is open to anyone who is interested in learning more … Continue reading

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Honolulu City Council Resolution re Henoko Needs Your Support on 4/18/16

Folks, This is crucial. Please send to all the Uchinanchus you know… family and friends… so that they can support this also. We have to show support for this resolution… for the Okinawan people. This is the least we as … Continue reading

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Uema Ayano’s ‘Imi Shijiku’ and Thoughts of Ancient Okinawan Ships

I have been listening to a beautiful Okinawan song, “Imi Shijiku” by Ayano Uema (see the video below), for some time. I love the beautiful sound of her sanshin (3-string instrument). I didn’t know what the title and the verses … Continue reading

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Petition (3/18/16) by Doktor Urging Hawai`i State & City Reps to Support Okinawan People

Hawai`i State & City Reps: Stand with Democracy by Standing With the Okinawan People By Pete Shimazaki Doktor YouTube video uploaded by Will Griffin on 2/29/16 Click here to sign the petition. Okinawa was illegally overthrown by Japan and continues … Continue reading

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Okinawan Tribute Ships

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Vote for Stamp to Honor WWII Nisei Soldiers – Deadline March 19, 2016

Message from Eric Wada Please vote for a stamp to honor our WWII 442nd Infantry and MIS soldiers. Three men in my family served in either the 442/100th during WWII. Click on niseistamp.org to vote. 100,000 online votes are needed … Continue reading

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Kim Pennebaker on Uema Ayano

Updated 3/20/16 By Kim Pennebaker Comment posted on 3/15/16 at 6:25 am I’ve been following Uema’s music since I first heard her sing Soranju a couple years ago. Now I have all her music and think I know much about … Continue reading

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