January 29, 2018

Hawaii Okinawan Restaurant Project Exhibit at Honolulu Hale

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The following event announcement was made by the Okinawan Festival.

Center for Oral History at UH

Image source: http://www.oralhistory.hawaii.edu/pages/occupations/oroku_restaurants.html

“The Hawaii Okinawan Restaurant Project documented over 325 restaurants in Hawaii owned by Okinawans. This remarkable story is told in an exhibit on display at Honolulu Hale (530 S. King Street) from January 19th to February 8th.

1) The Oroku Restaurant Exhibit – Learn the story of Ushi Takara of American Cafe and the 74 restaurants owned by Hawaii Okinawans from Oroku village in Okinawa.

2) The Hawaii Okinawan Restaurant Project – Learn about the over 325 (and counting!) restaurants owned by Okinawans in Hawaii. Find out how you can help us grow the project!

3) Hawaii by Food Exhibit (part of Smithsonian Museum’s Key Ingredients tour, courtesy of Kapi’olani Community College – Learn about Hawaii’s unique food history.

4) Take a photo sitting at Columbia Inn’s iconic roundtable and stools! Gene Kaneshiro brought one of the original roundtables and stools for people to take photos at!!

NOTE: There will be a Closing Reception on Thursday, February 8th from 4 pm to 6 pm at Honolulu Hale!

The event, sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts, is free and open to the public!”

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/172073326740556/

  • Event: Hawai’i Okinawan Restaurant Project Exhibit
  • Date:  January 19th, 2018 to February 8th, 2018
  • Location: Honolulu Hale (530 S. King Street, Honolulu, HI)

The University of Hawai’i’s Center for Oral History has an informative page about restaurant services as one of the occupations described by the Okinawan-Hawaiians.

The Oroku, Okinawa Connection: Local-Style Restaurants in Hawai’i

Oshiro, Joleen. (24 January 2018). Honolulu Star-Advertiser. “Taste of Okinawan history on the menu.”

February 6, 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 http://hawaiipublicradio.org/post/okinawan-eateries-dawn-honolulu-s-restaurant-scene

December 1, 2017

Obituary: Takejiro Higa, Nisei soldier from Oahu

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From Obituaries in Honolulu Star-Advertiser (November 26, 2017)

Takejiro Higa, “94, of Honolulu, a World War II veteran of the Military Intelligence Service and retired Internal Revenue Service Agent passed away on October 7, 2017….He was active in many civic and cultural organizations including the Jikoen Hongwanji Mission, Kita Nakagusuku Sonjin Kai, Hawaii United Okinawa Association and Hui Makaala.”

  • Memorial Service Date: Saturday, December 2, 2017
  • Time: Visitation at 10:00 AM, Service begins at 11:00AM
  • Place: Hosoi Garden Mortuary (30 N Kukui St, Honolulu, HI 96817)

For more information about Mr. Takejiro Higa and his life, please visit http://blog.hawaii.edu/okinawacollection/2017/10/09/takejiro-higa-nisei-soldier-from-oahu-passes-away/



November 22, 2017

50th Anniversary UH-Chubu Program Celebration (video recording of the event)

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Several video recording of the 50th anniversary celebration of the UH Post-Graduate Medical Education Program at Chubu Hospita, Okinawa, became available.

The event was held at the Center for Korean Studies at UH Manoa campus on November 5, 2017.

“The program begins with Keynote Speaker Dr. Kaoru Ashimine, Director of the UH Postgraduate Medical Education Program at Chubu Hospital. Other speakers include Dr. Satoru Izutsu, Vice Dean of JABSOM, Dr. Junji Machi, Kuakini Medical Center, Graduate of the Program and Current Professor of the UH Postgraduate Medical Education Program at Chubu Hospital. And Ms. Ann Ito, Director of the UH Mānoa Kōkua Program. She also is the daughter of Steven Chinen, who assisted in establishing the program.” [https://jabsom.hawaii.edu/events/50th-anniversary-celebration-uh-post-graduate-medical-education-program-at-chubu-hospital-okinawa/]

The video is available on YouTube.

The University of Hawaii at Manoa is going to acquire a copy a commemorative book on the 50th anniversary from the Chubu Hospital.

The event held in Okinawa is available from the Ryukyu Shimpo’s website.



November 14, 2017

Film Screening: Ikusaba nu Tudumi (We Shall Overcome)

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The Center for Okinawan Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is going to have a free film screening, directed by Chie Mikami (三上智恵). The film is titled Ikusaba nu tudumi (=We shall overcome) / 戦場ぬ止み <いくさばぬとぅどぅみ>, 2015).

Film ikusaba nu tudumi

  • Date: Sunday, December 3. 2017
  • Time: 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
  • Location: Center for Korean Studies
  • This event is free, and open to the public.

Parking is free on the UH Mānoa campus on Sundays.

After the film, Dr. Joyce Chinen will lead a discussion about the film.

Director Chie Mikami made another film titled Hyōteki no mura (標的の村 = Targeted Village, 2013).

UH Mānoa Library has a book written by Director Chie Mikami about the film making and what she hopes for Takae and Henoko areas. The book is written in Japanese.

Ikusaba nu tudumi : Henoko, Takae kara no inori / 戦場ぬ止み : 辺野古・高江からの祈り /

The publisher Ōtsuki Shoten has a site where some of the pages are available to read.

October 16, 2017

UH-Chubu Hospital 50th Anniversary Event

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The University of Hawai’i-Chubu Hospital in Okinawa’s 50th Anniversary Event will be held on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at the Center for Korean Studies.

COS UH-Chubu 50th anniversary event

“This year marks the 50th anniversary of UH’s collaboration with Okinawa Prefectural Chubu Hospital. To enhance the workforce of physicians in Okinawa, UH was recruited at the request of the U.S. Army and State Department to introduce a U.S. style postgraduate clinical training program. As a result of the collaboration, the program has helped train hundreds of physicians for the islands of Okinawa and neighboring archipelagos of Miyako and Yaeyama Islands. Please join us for this anniversary to commemorate one of UH’s longest and most productive international collaborations.” (from the event announcement)

  • Date: Sunday, November 5, 2017
  • Time: 1:00PM-2:45PM (FORMAL PROGRAM); 2:45PM-3:30 PM (RECEPTION)
  • Location: Center for Korean Studies at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
  • Event is free and open to public
  • Parking is free on Sunday on campus

Many articles are written on this collaboration between the UH and the Okinawa Chubu Hospital. One of them is written by Masao Maeshiro, MD, Satoru Izutsu, Ph.D., and Kathleen Kihmm Connolly, Ph.D., titled “A History of the University of Hawai‘i Postgraduate Medical Education Program at Okinawa Chubu Hospital, 1966–2012.” (2014).

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.

Please contact the Center for Okinawan Studies (COS) at 808-956-5754 or email COS at cos[at]hawaii.edu (replace [at] with @) for more information and disability accommodation.

October 2, 2017

Okinawa and Its Agony: from a former judge’s perspective

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The Center for Okinawan Studies (COS) Lecture Series presents “Okinawa and Its Agony: From a Former Judge’s Perspective.”

Okinawa and its agony lecture

  • Speaker: Prof. Hiroshi Segi
  • Date: October 6, 2017
  • Time: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
  • Location: Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room)

Event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact COS at 808-956-5754 or email to cos@hawaii.edu.

September 11, 2017

“Women’s Voices, Women Speak”- Public Lecture

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The Center for Okinawan Studies (COS) invites you to the lecture, “Women’s Voices, Women Speak: Okinawa, Hawaii and Demilitarization,” on Friday, Sept. 22 at 3pm in Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room).
  • Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 at 3pm-
  • Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room)
COS public lecture September 22, 2017
About the Event:

“In June 2017, members of the O’ahu-based grassroots organization Women’s Voices, Women Speak attended the International Women’s Network Against Militarism Conference in Naha, Okinawa. Hosted by the group Okinawan Women Against Military Violence, we visited many contested sites (Camp Schwab, Henoko/Oura Bay) and public memorial sites, for Irei no Hi (Lives lost in the Battle of Okinawa) and Rina Shimabukuro (raped and murdered by a former US Marine in 2016). In this presentation we will share some of our reflections on colonial violence and women-led healing.”

Aiko Yamashiro, Hawaii-Okinawa Alliance
Ellen-Rae Cachola, PhD in Information Science
Kim Compoc, PhD in English
Kasha Ho, Emergent Island Economies Collective
Mari Matsuda, UHM Law Professor
Co-sponsors: English Department, Ethnic Studies Department, Women’s Studies Department, Center for Biographical Research, and Oceania Rising.
Event is free and open to the public.
For more information, please contact COS (808-956-5754) or cos@hawaii.edu

August 23, 2017

Public Lecture by Prof. Mamoru Akamine on August 30, 2017

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The Center for Okinawan Studies and the University of Manoa Library are pleased to announce a public lecture by Professor Mamoru Akamine of the University of the Ryukyus on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 in the Auditorium at the Center for Korean Studies (on the UH Manoa Campus).

Flyer of Professor Akamine's public lecture

  • DATE: Wednesday, August 30, 3 PM
  • LOCATION: Center for Korean Studies Auditorium

UHM Library has both a print version (a book) and an eBook version of the book.

The Ryukyu Kingdom : cornerstone of East Asia / Mamoru Akamine ; translated by Lina Terrell and edited by Robert Huey.

Note: eBook is available only for those who have a UH user ID. 


August 1, 2017

Public Lecture by Prof. Masayuki Dana on kafu

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A public Lecture by Prof. Masayuki Dana on kafu–an overview of Okinawan genealogy and examination of the Uchima Family lineage documents housed in the Sakamaki/Hawley Collection will be held on Thursday, August 31, 2017, in Room 301 in Hamilton Library at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.

Prof. Masayuki Dana is a former professor at Okinawa International University, and an expert on Ryukyuan history, especially kafu, Okinawan genealogy. He will explains the characteristics of Okinawan kafu (lineage documents), and history of kafu in the Ryukyu Kingdom. Prof. Dana also shows the connection between the Uchima family’s kafu and the development of kafu creation in the history of the Ryukyus.

  • Date: Thursday, August 31, 2017
  • Time: 2- 3PM
  • Location: Room 301, Hamilton Library
  • Free admission, no registration is required
  • Open to the public

Lecture will be delivered in Japanese. Translation will be provided.

Those who plan to attend the lecture, please note that Hamilton Library does not allow to bring beverages and food inside the library. However, beverages with a cap/lid (such as bottled water, travel mug with a lid) are allowed to bring in.

The information for visitor parking is available here.

Visitors parking on Upper Campus between 6:30 am and 4:00 pm must park in the green Pay-to-Park stalls. Payment is made at the automated Pay Stations located near the stalls in each lot. These Pay Stations accept credit cards (MasterCard and Visa) and cash (quarters, dollar coins, $1, $5, and $10 bills – exact change only). No refunds are issued for these machines. Pre-paid parking may be purchased at $2.00 per half-hour increments; however, in an effort to create more available spaces, parking is limited to a 3-hour maximum before 4:00 pm on weekdays.

While parked, please display on the dashboard of your vehicle the permit ticket issued from the Pay Station. Make sure the expiration time is visible through the windshield.

The purchase of a Pay-to-Park daily visitor permit from an automated Pay Station will allow parking and re-entry into any visitor lot on campus for the entire unexpired time.

The above info can be found at http://manoa.hawaii.edu/commuter/visitor.php

Phone: 808-956-8899 Email: parking [at] hawaii.edu (please replace [at] with @).

The information for ADA compliant parking is available here.

The ADA stalls and Van accessible Stalls are shown here on the map (PDF).

This event is made possible by support from Ms. Donna Nakamura and the Uchima family members and supporters.

June 7, 2017

Kumiwudui (Kumu Odor / Okinawan Dance)

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Kumiwudui (Kumu Odor / Okinawan Dance) – June 8, 2017

The Center for Okinawan Studies presents KUMIWUDUI : A lecture-demonstration.

Kumiwudui is the Classical Dance Drama of the Ryukyu Kingdom.
This year makrs the 41st anniversary of a visit by Kin Ryosho, and his teaching of Okinawan Dance and the Kumiwudui at the University of Hawaiʻi.
The lecture-demonstration is one of multiple celebrations of Kin Ryosho’s transmission of this Ryukyuan court legacy.

Picture of the poster Kumiwudui

Featured Presentors:
Hanashiro Seikichi (James)
Nakandakari Tetsuya
Yamada Kazuko

Date and Time: Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 7:30pm
Location: University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Music Building, Orvis Auditorum

Admission: Free

What is Kumiwudui (or Kumiodori in standard Japanese)?

According to Digital Daijisen (dictionary), Kumiwudui (Kumiodori) is:


[Source: Digital Daijisen through a database titled Japan Knowledge, accessed on June 8, 2017 (HST)]

Wikipedia defines Kumiwudui as follows:

Kumi odori (組踊?, Okinawan: Kumi wudui) is a form of narrative traditional Ryūkyūan dance. Kumi odori or Kumi wudui means “combination dance” or “ensemble dance”.

Originating in the Ryūkyūan capital of Shuri, Okinawa in 1719, the original purpose of this dance was to provide amusement and diversions, which were termed ukwanshin, for the Chinese diplomats who traveled to Ryūkyū.”

[Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kumi_Odori]

The Japan Arts Council (日本芸術文化振興会) has a website that is dedicated to Kumiudui (or Kumiodori or 組踊).


The University of Hawai’i Library has some resources on Kumiwudui/Kumiodori.

  • Kumiodori no sekai : miru, kiku, yomu = 組踊の世界 [videorecording] : 観る,聴く,読む / chosaku, seisaku Okinawa-ken ; seisaku kigyō Konsōshiamu Kumiodori Kontentsu Purojekuto = 著作·制作沖縄県制作企業コンソーシアム組踊コンテンツプロジェクト.
  • The Okinawan kumiodori : an analysis of relationships of text, music and movement in selections from Nidō Tekiuchi / by Kimiko Ohtani.
  • Ushuu Guhuukuu / Alfred Yama Kina. (A Ph.D. dissertation, 2006; accessible only for the UH Manoa affiliated).

KUMIWUDUI : A lecture-demonstration

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