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Okinawan Festival 2019 Aug 31- Sep 1 Honolulu

DATES: Aug. 31, 9am-5pm Aug. 31, 5:30pm-9:30pm – Bon Dance only. Select food booths will be open. All other booths/rooms will be closed. Sep. 1, 9am-4pm PLACE: Hawaii Convention Center 1801 Kalakaua Ave. Honolulu, Hawaii ADMISSION: 1st floor – $2.00 … Continue reading

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Request for Information About Okinawan Surname ‘Za’

Marla Miyashiro says: August 5, 2019 at 8:24 pm My maternal grandmother’s last name was Za. She was reportedly from a place called Zyasu, somewhere near Tomigusuku in Okinawa. Could Za be a variant of Zaha, which you have on … Continue reading

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Researcher for PBS Series Looking for 1950s-60s A’ala Park Photos

Gena Hamamoto, archival researcher on a forthcoming 5-part PBS series on the history of Asian Americans, is looking for photos of A’ala Park in the 1950s-60s. She’s also interested in photos or footage of Chinatown during the ‘50s-60s, or even home … Continue reading

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Jikoen Bon Dance 2019: July 19-20

Ukwanshin Kabudan 7/11/19 announcement shared by Rodney Inefuku 7/12/19: The Bon Dance at Jikoen [731 N School St, Honolulu, HI 96819] offers Ukwanshin an opportunity to hold its annual fundraiser with a food booth that will feature an all-Okinawan menu. … Continue reading

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Former Soldier Stationed in Okinawa Supports Protesting Okinawans

Robert H. Stiver Pearl City “Letter: U.S. Marines shouldn’t violate Okinawa bay” Star-Adv Letter to Editor, 5/1/19 As an Army-occupying-force member from 1966-72, who married a lovely Okinawan gal and moved my family to Hawaii in 1972, I read and … Continue reading

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Author Seeking Information About Ryūkyūan History 1880-1930

Last updated 4/23/19 11:38AM Thomas Feldmann is writing a biographical book about Ankō Itosu (1831-1915), “one of the most important characters in the development of modern Karate.” As part of his research, he’s seeking answers or leads to two questions: … Continue reading

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‘Allegiance – The Musical’ About WWII Japanese-American Internment March 28 – April 7, 2019

ALLEGIANCE – THE MUSICAL MANOA VALLEY THEATRE COMES TO THE HAWAII THEATRE CENTER MARCH 28 – APRIL 7, 2019 a musical drama book by Marc Acito, Jay Kuo and Lorenzo Thione music by Jay Kuo Inspired by true events, Allegiance … Continue reading

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Two Oahu Events Featuring Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki: March 23 (Forum) & 24 (Concert)

Saturday, 23 March 2019, 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm Forum Featuring Yasuhiro “Denny” Tamaki Windward Community College 45-720 Keaahala Road, Kaneohe, Oahu Hawaii Hale ‘Akoakoa, Conference Rooms 101, 103, 105 Free and open to the public. Ukwanshin Kabudan is honored … Continue reading

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Who Is Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki?

Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki will be meeting with Hawaii residents on March 21 at the Pagoda Hotel’s International Ballroom from 6:30-8:30 PM and on March 23 at Windward Community College from 6:30-7:45 PM. The events are free and open to … Continue reading

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Meet Governor Tamaki of Okinawa: Pagoda Hotel Int’l Ballroom 3/21/19

Acknowledgment: Mahalo to Eric Wada and Ukwanshin Kabudan, Ed Kuba, and Rodney Inefuku for this notice.

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Meet Governor Tamaki of Okinawa: Windward CC 3/23/19

Acknowledgment: Mahalo to Eric Wada and Ukwanshin Kabudan, Ed Kuba, and Rodney Inefuku for this notice.

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‘The Okinawas: Their Distinguishing Characteristics’ – 27 March 1944

Last updated 10/7/18  5:00 PM To read the PDF version of The Okinawas1: Their Distinguishing Characteristics, click the image below. From the cover: Okinawan Studies No. 2 The Okinawas: Their Distinguishing Characteristics Confidential Office of Strategic Services Honolulu, Hawaii March 27, … Continue reading

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Videos: Okinawan Festival 2018 Honolulu

The Honolulu 2018 Okinawan Festival was held at the Hawaii Convention Center (Sep. 1 & 2) instead of Kapi’olani Park for the first time. I was concerned about the size of the center. Would it be able to accommodate all … Continue reading

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Okinawan Festival 2018 Sep 1-2 Hawaii Convention Center

SATURDAY SCHEDULE 9:30 AM – Ryukyu Sokyoku Koyo Kai Hawaii Shibu Derek Fujio, President & Sara Nakatsu, Vice President | Jane Kaneshiro Sozan Kai | Bonnie Miyashiro Soho Kai | Yamashiro Yoneko Sokyoku Kenkyu Kai | Yasuko Arakawa Aki no … Continue reading

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Events in Okinawa 2018: June 11 to Late August

There’s a lot to see and do in Okinawa during the summer. Here’s a great starter list that I found in Okinawa Stripes (6/10/18). I added a video (or photo when videos weren’t available) to each to give you a sense of … Continue reading

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Searching for Relatives of Haru Teruya

I received the following message from raquvar: Hello Jim. I wonder if there are any relatives of my grandmother, Haru Teruya, in Hawaii. I remember my mother telling me stories about Haru’s relatives that had emigrated to Hawaii and were … Continue reading

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Issei Immigration Genealogical Reference Service for Worldwide Uchinanchu

The Okinawa Prefectural Library set up an issei immigration genealogical reference service booth during the 6th Sekai Uchinanchu Taikai that took place from Oct. 27-30, 2016. The service searched 1st generation immigration records for information such as name in kanji, birthplace, travel … Continue reading

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Searching for Shikina, Mayeshiro and Takushi Families in Okinawa

Message from Leilani Beardsley (5/29/18): I am trying to find Shikina, Mayeshiro and Takushi families in Okinawa My response: Leilani, I’m publishing your comment as a post in hopes that those with information will respond. -Jim

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Seeking Information About Taira Surname and Haneji

Received from Anonymous 5/28/18: I’ve been trying to trace Taira family in Okinawa. My grandparents migrated in late 1800 or early 1900 to Hawaii, settling first in Kaneohe than in Kalihi. If you have any info, I’d appreciate. Growing up … Continue reading

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‘Ko-Ryukyu: The Dawn of Ryukyu’ 24 July 2018

Note: A big mahalo to my nephew, Derek Mukai, for this information. -Jim Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii is delighted to present “The Dawn of Ryukyu” on July 24, 2018, at the Hawaii Okinawa Center. This special event can be enjoyed … Continue reading

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Looking for Sueko Higa (Tobaru-cho, Shuri-shi)

From: Colin Sewake (colin.sewake@icloud.com) Sent: Monday, February 19, 2018 2:00 PM To: 瀬分 善久 Subject: Looking for Sueko Higa (Tobaru-cho, Shuri-shi)

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‘U.S. Militarization of Okinawa Not Pono’

Op-ed by Pete Shimazaki Doktor Star-Advertiser, 7 Jan. 2018 I returned recently from a delegation of U.S. military veterans to Okinawa, to witness the devastation from the ongoing U.S. military occupation since 1945 — with construction of yet another military … Continue reading

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‘Who Are the Okinawans?’

The following are excerpts from Nasrine Bendjilali et al., “Who Are the Okinawans? Ancestry, Genome Diversity, and Implications for the Genetic Study of Human Longevity From a Geographically Isolated Population,” The Journals of Gerontology: Series A, Volume 69, Issue 12, … Continue reading

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‘Rikka, Uchinaa-nkai! Okinawan Language Textbook for Beginners’ (2017)

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Okinawan Festival 2017: Opening Ceremony

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Okinawan Festival 2017: Opening Procession

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Okinawan Festival 2017 Program

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Kutuu (Koto): A Story Told in English, Uchinaaguchi, & Nihongo

I wrote this for the Uchinaaguchi “cause.” Note that there is a Japanese translation at the bottom. -Rodney Inefuku Kutuu By Rodney Inefuku Uchinaaguchi translation by Toma Shisei of Yomitan, Okinawa It was the first day of spring in Chicago. Uree … Continue reading

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Alfredo Casero & Kazufumi Miyazawa: ‘Shima Uta’

Last updated 6/3/17 6:58am “Alfredo Casero // Shima Uta en Japón,” YouTube, uploaded by aeroder flax on 6/18/15. Alfredo Casero, an Argentine musician, actor and comedian, recorded “Shima Uta” in 2002, the first single from his album, Casaerius. His cover … Continue reading

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Norman Kaneshiro: Sanshin, Song, & Talk – 12/11/16 EWC 2-3pm

Hi All, Hope you all can find time between Christmas shopping to stop over at the East-West Center gallery this Sunday to listen to me talk and sing. The event is titled “Mimi-gusui: Life Sustenance Through the Ears” and will … Continue reading

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