August 16, 2019

Okinawan Princess Book Talk Event in Hamilton Library

Filed under: community,events,shimakutuba — okinawacollection @ 5:00 PM

The Okinawa Collection in Hamilton Library is pleased to announce that it will host a book talk event with the author, Lee A. Tonouchi, and the illustrator, Laura Kina, on the recently published a picture book titled Okinawan Princess: Da Legend of Hajichi Tattoos (Honolulu: Bess Press, 2019).

 

Okinawan Princess: Da Legend of Hajichi Tattoos

The above image is used with permission from Bess Press.

About the author:

Lee A. Tonouchi is a full Okinawan yonsei born and raised in Hawai’i. He is known as “Da Pidgin Guerrilla” for his championing of Pidgin a.k.a Hawai’i Creole to be accepted as a legitimate language. His last book, Significant Moments in da Life of Oriental Faddah and Son: One Hawai’i Okinawan Journal, published by Bess Press, won the Association for Asian American Studies Book Award for Poetry/Prose.

About the illustrator:

Laura Kina is a “hapa, yonsei, Uchinanchu” artist and educator based in Chicago. Her artwork addresses Asian American and mixed race identities and histories with a focus on Okinawa and Hawai’i diasporas. She is a Vincent de Paul Professor of Art, Media, & Design at DePaul University and coeditor of War Baby/Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art (University of Washington Press, 2013), and Que(e)rying Contemporary Asian American Art (University of Washington Press, 2017).

At this event, Kent Sakoda, a community liaison at the Charlene Junko Sato Center for Pidgin, Creole, and Dialect Studies will explain the Center’s roles and goals of maintaining Hawaiian Pidgin as a living language.

 

This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Hamilton Library does not permit food and beverages (except bottled water).

See, Libraryʻs Use and Conduct Policy: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/library/about/organization/policy/use_conduct/

Parking Information

  • Visitor Parking Locations (maps) & Fees
    • Parking Office
      • Phone: 808-956-8899 Fax: 808-956-9811
      • Email: parking@hawaii.edu
      • Hours: Monday – Friday, 7:45 am – 4:30 pm

https://manoa.hawaii.edu/commuter/visitor.php

  • Disability Access (maps)

https://manoa.hawaii.edu/commuter/disabilityaccess.html

Event Co-Sponsors

  • The Center for Okinawan Studies at UH Mānoa
  • The Charlene Junko Sato Center for Pidgin, Creole, and Dialect Studies
  • The Hawaiian Collection in Hamilton Library

Questions?

Sachiko Iwabuchi, Okinawa Studies Librarian (okicoll@hawaii.edu)

August 15, 2019

Okinawan Princess Book Signing at HUOA

Filed under: community,events — Tags: , — okinawacollection @ 5:00 PM

The Hawai’i United Okinawa Association (HUOA) has announced that it will host a book signing event with the author, Lee A. Tonouchi, and the illustrator, Laura Kina, on August 17, 2019. Lee, who is known as “Da Pidgin Guerrilla,” has published a book titled Okinawan Princess: Da Legend of Hajichi Tattoos (Honolulu: Bess Press, 2019).  The book is written in English, and is translated into an Okinawan language (shimakutuba or Uchināguchi).

  • Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019
  • Time: 9:30 am – 2:00 pm
  • Place: Hawaii Okinawa Center (94-587 Ukee Street, Waipahu, Hawaii 96797)

 

HUOA Okinawan Princess book signing event

Image source: https://www.huoa.org/nuuzi/index.html

Lee’s Okinawan Princess accompanies colorful illustrations by Laura Kina, a “hapa, yonsei, Uchinanchu” artist and educator based in Chicago. Her artwork addresses Asian American and mixed race identities and histories with a focus on Okinawa and Hawai’i diasporas. She is a Vincent de Paul Professor of Art, Media, & Design at DePaul University and coeditor of War Baby/Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art (University of Washington Press, 2013), and Que(e)rying Contemporary Asian American Art(University of Washington Press, 2017).

According to the HUOA, the event will have an artist/author talk from 9:30 am to 10:00 am, followed by a book signing with Lee A. Tonouchi and Laura Kina.

Related pages:

  • “Okinawan Princess: Da Legend of Hajichi Tattoos book tour”

https://www.laurakina.com/2019/08/09/okinawan-princess-da-legend-of-hajichi-tattoos-book-tour/

July 8, 2019

Okinawan Festival 2019

Filed under: community,events — Tags: — okinawacollection @ 10:00 AM

The Hawaiʻi United Okinawan Association has announced that this yearʻs Okinawan Festival will be held on Saturday, August 31 & Sunday, September 1 at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center.

Hawaii Okinawan Festival 2019

WHEN:

  • August 31, 2019, 9 AM – 5 PM; Bon Dance starts at 5:30 PM (Select food booths open during Bon Dance; all other booths/rooms will close at 5 PM.)
  • September 1, 2019, 9 AM – 4 PM

WHERE: Hawaii Convention Center (1801 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815)

ADMISSIONS (NEW):

  • Adults: $2.00 per person. Cash only.
  • Children 12 years old & under | Seniors, 65 years old and over: Free

*Third floor does not require admission.*

Program is available at https://www.okinawanfestival.com/what-to-expect.

Parking

  • Convention Center parking open from 7AM, costs $10
  • Shuttle from McKinley High School begins at 7AM; a round trip shuttle costs $3

Convention Center

Doors open at 9AM & Closes at 10PM

  • No pets (except service animals)
  • No hard shell coolers
  • No lawn chairs
  • Bring CASH – scrip booths only accept cash (ATMs available)

June 26, 2019

Our Island’s Treasure Public Screening

Filed under: community,events — Tags: , — okinawacollection @ 11:30 AM

Hawai’i Film Premier & Community Talk Event

Documentary Film: Our Island’s Treasure (=私達の島の宝)

Our Island's Treasure Film Public Screening Flyer

“Henoko, Okinawa is the location of one of the most bio-diverse ocean regions on the planet – Oura Bay. It is also the cite where the Japanese and U.S. governments intend to build a new U.S. Marine Corps base, despite the democratic opposition of Okinawans. The ongoing landfill work to create this base has created a crisis that is destroying thousand year old coral reef structures, and threatens the aquatic life in the bay, including 5300 species and 262 endangered species whose habitat will be destroyed with this base construction.

One of these animals is the dugong – a marine mammal that is traditionally thought of by Okinawans as sacred “Messengers of Peace.” This “cousin” to the manatee is currently listed as vulnerable to extinction by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and is entitled to protections under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Here, at one of the last refuges for the endangered dugong, Okinawan people have held continuous sit-ins to block construction trucks for almost 2000 days, led mostly by elderly war survivors determined to protect the island and ocean.

Following the screening, Kaiya will join us in a short community talk via live video conference call. Light Refreshments will be provided.”

ABOUT THE FILMMAKER: 17-year old Okinawan-American Kaiya Yonamine is a high school student and Nisei (2nd generation) Uchinaanchu from Portland, Oregon who was frustrated with the silence of the media around this crisis in Okinawa. So, she returned to Henoko this past spring to make a documentary film exploring what is happening in Okinawa now, appealing to her youth peers and the world. Mother and daughter team, Moe and Kaiya Yonamine, made and sold thousands of cookies and paper cranes to raise funds to pay for travel expenses so Kaiya could return to Henoko to support their elders and document this 22-year struggle to protect the island and our oceans.

For more info: Please email naomimr@hawaii.edu or call 808-782-0023

Related site: https://www.riseforhenoko.com/

April 9, 2019

Hui O Laulima Garage Sale

Filed under: community,events — Tags: — okinawacollection @ 10:30 AM

Hui O Laulima, one of the Hawai’i United Okinawa Association’s clubs, is going to have a garage sale!

Hui O Laulima Garage Sale

About Hui O Laulima: “The organization was founded at the suggestion of the late Mr. Tommy Toma who served as president of the United Okinawan Association during the fiscal year 1968-1969. He felt the need for a women’s organization that could assist in taking care of visiting officials from Okinawa and their families.”

Source: http://www.huoa.org/nuuzi/clubs/huiolaulima.html

Questions? Email: huiolaulima[at]gmail.com (replace [at] with @)

March 28, 2019

Afusoryu Sanshin in NY Preview Performance

Filed under: community,events — Tags: — okinawacollection @ 1:30 PM

The Afusoryu Gensen Kai Hawaii [sic] will have a preview concert before they play in NYC!

Afuso-ryu Preview Performance

  • Date: March 28, 2019
  • Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Location: Hawaii Okinawa Center (94-587 Ukeʻe Street, Waipahu, HI 96797)
  • Admission: $30.00

“Please join us for a special Preview as we bring the DC and NYC performances to you. Be a part of this momentous event, and enjoy an evening filled with live Okinawan koten/minyo music and dance!”

For information or tickets contact Melissa at (808) 497-3037or by email at uyeuntenm@gmail.com

March 21, 2019

Voices from the Homeland: updated information

Filed under: community,events — Tags: , — okinawacollection @ 10:00 AM

Ukwanshin Kabudan is excited to announce that  Gov. Denny Tamaki will be adding his voice to our “Voices from the Homeland” concert.  The Governor will present a Keynote address to open the concert.  It will be interesting to hear him  share his stories and memories of being Uchinānchu.

Voices from the Homeland flyer

Image source: https://bit.ly/2UBqOIb

More information is available from the site below:

Imensore!

March 15, 2019

Voices from the Homeland: music and dance concert

Filed under: community,events — Tags: — okinawacollection @ 10:00 AM

Ukwanshin Kabudan announced a music and dance concert, accompanied by its 5th LooChoo Identity Summit.

“This year’s musical concert to conclude the 5th annual LooChoo Identity Summit will showcase the songs and dances of Yaeyama. Yaeyama has long been known as a region rich in the performing arts. Local music artist Hiromi Kinjo and graduate students from the Performing Arts program at Yaeyama High School and Norin High School have thrilled audiences with their heart-felt performances. Summit attendees will have preferential reserved seating (concert ticket included in Summit registration). General seating tickets for the public are available for purchase.
Please join us for an exceptional musical experience!”

5th LooChoo Identity Conference Concert

  • Date & Time: Sunday, March 24, 2019, 2PM – 5 PM
  • Location: Windward Community College, Akoakoa Building, Kaneohe, HI
  • Questions?
    • email: ukwanshinevents@gmail.com
    • Phone: 808-781-9568

For general seating reservations:

The troupe also announced that the newly elected Okinawa Prefecture’s Governor, Yasuhiro “Denny” Tamaki will attend the 5th LooChoo Summit.

Governor Tamaki’s schedule at the LooChoo Identity Summit

Windward Community College, 45-720 Keaahala Rd, Kaneohe, HI 96744

Hale ‘Akoakoa, Conference Rooms, 101, 103, 105

Saturday, March 23, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM

February 2, 2019

Echoes of Uchina de-ku in Hawai’i

Filed under: community,events — Tags: — okinawacollection @ 10:30 AM

Ukwanshin Kabudan announced the following taiko (drum) event.

Echoes of Uchina de-ku in Hawai'i

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Mitsufumi Ryubu Taiko, a special concert featuring musicians from Mitsufumi Ryubu Taiko Hozon Kai with an appearance by Hawaii Taiko Kai will be performed on Sunday, April 14 at the Hawaii Okinawa Center. An Aloha Party with entertainment by Hawaii Taiko Kai, Senju Kai and Urizun will follow the concert. Please see the attached flyer for ticket information.

Free bus shuttle will be available to/from the concert. The first bus will leave Jikoen Hongwanji to HOC [Hawai’i Okinawa Center]  and return after the concert. A second bus will return later for those riders attending the Aloha Party.

  • Date: April 14, 2019
  • Time: 3:00 PM (performance) ; Door opens at 2:30 PM
  • Place: Hawai’i Okinawa Center (94-587 Uke’e Street, Waipahu, HI 96797)
  • Aloha Party to follow performance
  • Admissions:
    • Performance Tickets: $35/person
    • Aloha Party tickets: $25/person

For bus reservations, please contact: Diana Kawaguchi
phone: 808-261-8421 (leave your name/phone number)
email: dk1284[at]yahoo.com (send your name/phone number)

Please replace [at] with @.

Please come and enjoy an afternoon of exciting music and join us at the Aloha Party to meet and greet the talented performers.

October 22, 2018

2018 HUOA Legacy Award

Filed under: community,events — okinawacollection @ 10:00 AM

The 2018 Hawai’i United Okinawa Association (HUOA) Legacy Award Banquet was held in the Coral Ballroom of the Hilton Hawaiian Village on Sunday, October 14, 2018.

Hawai’i Governor David Ige attended the banquet.

According to The Hawai’i Herald, the awardees are as follows:

“[T]he late Thomas Taro Higa; Dr. Satoru Izutsu, Ph.D.; former Gov. John Waihe‘e and former first lady Lynne (Kobashigawa) Waihe‘e; retired state Sen. Patsy (Miyahira) Young; and Hooge Ryu Hana Nuuzi no Kai Nakasone Dance Academy shihan Lisa Nakasone Nakandakari, Keith Oshiro and Julia Okamura.”

Herald_admin, “Community Focus–HUOA to Honor Eight at Oct. 14 Legacy Award Banquet,” October 15, 2018, The Hawaii Herald, https://www.thehawaiiherald.com/community-focus-huoa-to-honor-eight-at-oct-14-legacy-award-banquet/.

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