September 14, 2018

2018 Legacy Award by Hawaii United Okinawa Association

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The Hawai’i United Okinawa Association (HUOA) is going to host its annual Legacy Award ceremony on Sunday, October 14, 2018, at Hilton Hawaiian Village, Coral Ballroom.

Hawaii United Okinawa Association 2018 Legacy Award

This year’s award recipients include Thomas Tarō Higa (比嘉太郎), who was “a 100th Infantry Battalion veteran who conducted a lecture tour between June 1944 and January 1945 under the sponsorship of the War Relocation Authority (WRA), the Department of the U.S. Army, and the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) to combat rumors that Japanese American soldiers were being used as human shields.”

“Thomas Taro Higa.” Densho Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Another recipient is Dr. Satoru Izutsu, retired Vice Dean of JABSOM (John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawai’i). Dr. Izutsu is “a graduate of Mid-Pacific Institute, University of Hawai‘i, Columbia University, and Case-Western Reserve. Dr. Izutsu is a licensed Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, and Nursing Home Administrator.”

In January 2018, Dr. Izutsu received a medal, “Order of the Rising Sun” from the government of Japan for leading the University of Hawai’i aid to Okinawa.

“Dr. Satoru Izutsu receives ‘Order of the Rising Sun’ from Japan government for leading UH aid to Okinawa,” UH Med Now, January 18, 2018,

Related information:

  • Maeshiro, M., Izutsu, S., & Connolly, K. (2014). Medical school hotline: A History of the University of Hawai’i Postgraduate Medical Education Program at Okinawa Chubu Hospital, 1966-2012. Hawai’i Journal of Medicine & Public Health: A Journal of Asia Pacific Medicine & Public Health, 73(6), 191-194.
  • “$700,000 Funds Professorship Honoring Dr. Satoru Izutsu,” UH Foundation News, January 31, 2018,


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  • Phone: 808-675-5400

September 13, 2018

Hawaiʻi Okinawan-Owned Restaurant Project

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The Center for Biographical Research and the Center for Oral History in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UH Mānoa) co-sponsor a “brown bag” biography session with 2 speakers; Mr. Gene Kaneshiro and Mr. Howard Takara.

Hawaii Okinawan-Owned Restaurant Project

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  • Title: Hawaiʻi Okinawan-Owned Restaurant Project: Oral History and Community Archives
  • Speakers: Gene Kaneshiro and Howard Takara
  • Date & Time: October 11, 2018, from noon to 1:15 PM
  • Location: Kuykendall Hall 409A at UH Mānoa upper campus

According to the Center for Biographical Research, “[all] are welcome to attend.”

For more information, please contact the Center for Biographical Research at 808-956-3774 or

Hawaiʻi Okinawan-Owned Restaurant Project had an exhibit at Honolulu Hale in January 2018.

Hawai’i Public Radio has a coverage on the event.

Tanigawa, N. 02 February 2018. “Okinawan Eateries: The Dawn of Honolulu’s Restaurant Scene.” Retrieved from

September 4, 2018

September Fourth is Vintage Awamori Day in Okinawa

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September 4th is the Vintage Awamori Day!

Vintage Awamori Day Flyer

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According to the Okinawa Awamori Distillers Association, September 4th is the “Vintage Awamori Day” [=kūsu no hi / 古酒の日]. The Association defines awamori as follows:

Awamori “[u]ses Black koji-mold (aspelligus awamori) and is produced in one time adding rice, “koji” (rice cultured with a mold) and water to “moromi” (main mash). Another feature of “Awamori” is that it is made using rice from Thailand (indica).”


Resources related to Awamori, available at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa:

The 36th Hawaii Okinawan Festival (2018) offered special awamori tasting.

N.s. 14 Aug 2018. “What’s Awamori? Try Japan’s Oldest Spirit at the 2018 Okinawan Festival.” Honolulu Magazine. Retrieved from

September 1, 2018

Autumn Moon Celebration at HoMA

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Ukwanshin Kabudan announced that their annual Jugūya celebration will be held on September 24 at the Doris Duke Theater at the Honolulu Museum of Art. We are thrilled that two well-regarded guest artists from Okinawa will be performing at this concert; Kazue Higa and Atsuko Tamagusuku.

As a convenience to concert-goers, a special “Jugūya Bus” has been chartered for a round-trip ride from Jikoen Hongwanji to the concert site and return. If you plan to catch the bus, you may leave your car in the Jikoen parking lot. There will be no charge (it’s free!) for the bus ride. Traditional moon cakes may also be ordered with your ticket and bus reservations. Seats are limited so send in your reservations as soon possible.

If you have any questions, contact Ukwanshin Kabudan at ukwanshinevents [at] gmail [dot] com. Please replace [at] with @ and [dot] with a period (.).

Okinawan music and dance event on September 24, 2018 at HoMA

Bus schedule for Juguya event at Honolulu Museum of Art