February 14, 2019

Iha Fuyu and Yanagita Kunio

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The Center for Okinawan Studies (COS) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa has invited Professor Emeritus Hiyane Teruo (比屋根照夫) as a guest lecturer. The event was held in the afternoon of Wednesday, February 13, 2019. The title of the colloquium was “the Rise of Modern Okinawan Discourse on Hawai’i’s Social Pluralism.”

“Information on Professor Hiyane: the author of some 20 books and numerous articles on modern Okinawa, will discuss how the Hawaiian Islands were represented as a land of hope and distress by Ifa Fuyū (1876-1947), the “Father of Okinawan Studies”; Ifa Getsujō (1880-1945), Ifa Fuyū’s brother and outstanding journalist who died in the battle of Okinawa; and Higa Seikan (1885-1985), Ifa Fuyū’s follower and Okinawan pastor who immigrated to Hawai’i. The topic of relevant to the democratic ideals and reality that Okinawa continues to face today.”

Excerpt from http://manoa.hawaii.edu/okinawa/wordpress/?p=2241

Professor Hiyane Teruo Colloquium

During the Q & A session, Professor Hiyane made a remark on the friendship between Iha Fuyū (伊波普猷) and Yanagita Kunio (柳田國男).

There is Yanagita Bunko at Seijō University. Yanagita Bunko has an extensive collection of resources related to Tokara, Amami, and Ryukyu islands.

The Okinawa Collection at UH has some items related to this topic.

Another question was raised from the audience with regard to Iha’s idea of preserving Uchinaguchi.

Patric Heinrich’s article, “Hōgen ronsō: the great Ryukyuan languages debate of 1940” sheds light on this issue, including the role Yanagita Kunio and Yanagi Muneyoshi played in the Japan Folk Crafts Society.

  • Heinrich, Patric. “Hōgen ronsō: the great Ryukyuan languages debate of 1940,” in Contemporary Japan, 25(2): 167-187. DOI 10.1515/cj-2013-0008


Professor Hiyane at COS

February 2, 2019

Echoes of Uchina de-ku in Hawai’i

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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.

January 8, 2019

Year of the Pig Shinnenkai at Jikoen Hongwanji Temple

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Ukwanshin Kabudan [=御冠船歌舞団] a Ryukyu/Okinawa performing arts troupe based in Hawai`i, announced that they would throw a Lunar New Year Celebration at Jikoen Hongwanji Temple Hall in Honolulu, HI. Traditionally Okinawans celebrate the New Year on a lunar calendar. This year the Lunar New Year falls on February 5, 2019.

Year of Pig Lunar New Year celebration by Ukwanshin Kabudan

Title of the Event: Lunar New Year Celebration

Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019

Time: 5:30 PM- (Doors open at 5:30 PM)

Location: Jikoen Hongwanji Temple

Admissions Fees: Adults- $20, Children (12 years and below) – $10.00

RSVP is required.

Contact: Ukwanshin Kabudan at 808-781-9658 or ukwanshinevents[at]gmail.com

December 19, 2018

LooChoo Identity Summit 2019

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Ukwanshin Kabudan, a non-profit, Ryukyu performing arts troupe based in Honolulu, has announced that the registration for the 5th LooChoo Identity Summit is now open. This year the LooChoo Identity Summit (previously called Conference) will be held at Hale Ākoakoa on the campus of Windward Community College in Honolulu, HI.

What is LooChoo and what is LooChoo Identity Summit?

5th LooChoo Identity Summit

According to the organizer, the LooChoo Identity Summit is:

“… a three-day gathering that brings people of Ryukyuan descent and Ryukyuan enthusiasts together to ponder and discuss various themes relating to Ryukyuan identity and indigeneity. Over the course of a weekend, we do a variety of lectures, performances, small-group discussions, and large-group sharing to guide participants through a process of critically thinking about their identity and/or their roles within the ethnic community both locally and abroad. While we call it a ‘summit’ – for lack of a better English term – we do not aim to come to a general consensus or resolution, but instead, aim to have individuals walk away with their own personal affirmations that will hopefully spark actions, big and small, to perpetuate understanding and appreciation of our Ryukyuan heritage.”

Source: https://loochooidentity.org/about-2/

The registration and summit’s schedule are available on the following pages.



If you have any questions, please contact the organizer.

October 22, 2018

2018 HUOA Legacy Award

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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/.

October 16, 2018

30th Anniversary of UH-Ryudai Partnership Symposium

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This year (2018) marks the 30th anniversary of the University of Hawai‘i and the University of the Ryukyus (Ryūdai) partnership. This year also marks the 10th anniversary of the creation of the Center for Okinawan Studies (COS) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. To commemorate these anniversaries, UH and Ryūdai had a symposium at the Center for Korean Studies at the UH Mānoa [1881 East-West Road, Honolulu, Hawaii (HI) 96822].

Professor David Lassner, the 15th President of UH and Interim Chancellor of the UH Manoa

Above: Professor David Lassner, 15th President of the University of Hawai‘i and Interim Chancellor of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, welcome remarks.

Consul General of Japan Ito

Above: Consul General of Japan Kōichi Itō

Professor Robert Huey of UH Manoa

Above: Professor Robert Huey, the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Professor Yoko Fujita of the University of the Ryukyus

Above: Prof. Yōko Fujita (藤田陽子教授), Director of the Research Institute for Islands and Sustainability at the University of the Ryukyus

Closing Remarks

4th from the right in the front row: Professor Hajime Ōshiro, President of the University of the Ryukyus (琉球大学大城肇学長)

4th from the left in the front row: Prof. Masato Ishida, Director of the Center for Okinawan Studies at UH Mānoa


Panel 1 {10:00-10:50): Okinawa and Hawai’i: Island Cultures and the Natural Environment

  • “Prehistoric Ryukyu Islands and Island Environment” by Kaishi Yamagiwa.
  • “Hawai’i and Okinawa: Shared Waves of Knowing” by Christine Yano.
  • “What Can We Do to Conserve Coral Reef Island Ecosystem under the Threats of Global/Local Stresses?”
    by Takashi Nakamura.
  • “Natural Living Treasures of Hawaii and Okinawa” by Kenneth Kaneshiro.

Panel 2 (11:00 – 11:50): Medical Education, Citizen Science, and the University

  • “The Relationship between Hawaii and Okinawa in Medical Education” by Yusuke Ohya.
  • “Collaborative Faculty Development in Medical Education” by Richard Kasuya.
  • “Citizen Science on Mosquito-borne Disease Control” by Mika Saito & Soyo Takahashi.
  • “Citizen Science in an Accessible Marine Environment: Our Project In Hawai’i Intertidal (OPIHI)” by Joanna Philipp off.

Lunch Break

Panel 3 (13:00 – 13:50): Okinawan Studies & Library Partnership Projects

  • “The Consequences of War Bereavement along the Family Trajectory: The Case of Okinawa”
    by Ando Yoshimi.
  • “Confinement Tracks: Okinawan Internees and POWs in Hawai’i” by Joyce Chinen.
  • “Libraries in Collaboration: The Past, Present, and Future” by Sachiko Iwabuchi.
  • “Significance of the international collaboration project and dissemination of Okinawan Studies to the world: Approach between The UHM and UR Library” by Chinatsu Tomita.

Panel 4 (14:10 -15:00): Technological Innovations for Future Island Industry and Economy

  • “Research and Development of Next-generation Agricultural Production System in University of the Ryukyus” by Shiro Tamaki.
  • “Ambient Computing in Education, Collaboration and STEM Outreach” by Darren Carlson.
  • “Development of Solar Energy Utilization System for Small Islands” by Yoshinobu Kawamitsu.
  • “Portable Tools for Decision Support in Food, Agriculture and the Environment” by Daniel Jenkins.

Panel 5 (15:10 – 16:00): Special Joint Session

  • “Promoting Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL)” by Minako Yogi, Manny Hechanova, and E. Brook Chapman de Sousa.

During his presentation, Prof. Bob Huey mentioned a pair of the lion dogs (shīsā; シーサー) which UH received from the University of the Ryukyus as a gift in 2012.

The installation and the mini-exhibit held in Hamilton Library can be accessed at https://guides.library.manoa.hawaii.edu/c.php?g=105543&p=686305.

Shisa Un

Above: Shīsā (“Un,” on the left) with leis after the symposium

Shisa A

Above: Shīsā (“A,” on the right) with leis after the symposium

The shīsā installation (video): https://youtu.be/rj62D5E9MJ0

Also, the University of Hawai‘i News covered the anniversary at https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2018/10/15/university-ryukyus-uh-30-year-partnership/

Okinawan university and UH celebrate 30 year partnership

From left, University of the Ryukyus President Hajime Ōshiro, Governor David Ige and UH President David Lassner.

UH President David Lassner wearing “nuchibana” (貫花) that was a gift from the University of the Ryukyus. Nuchibana reminds us, people in Hawai’i, a Maile Lei. “Nuchibana” is a type of Okinawan dance that has two parts; in the first part women dance with nuchibana in hands, and in the second part women dance with yotsutake (四つ竹), a castanets-like percussion instrument. Yotsutake is also a form of dance as well.


“Okinawa O Shiru Jiten” Henshū Iinkai. “Nuchibana.” Okinawa o Shiru Jiten. Tōkyō: Nichigai Asoshiētsu : Hatsubaimoto Kinokuniya Shoten, 2000.

October 15, 2018

Sacred Sounds of Ryukyu at Orvis Auditorium

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The Center for Okinawan Studies at UH Mānoa and the East-West Center Arts Program present “Sacred Sounds of Ryukyu” on Sunday, November 11, 2018, at Orvis Auditorium at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa campus.

Sacred Sound of Ryukyu

“A tradition of sacred singing has been passed on in the Ryukyu Islands for over 400 years. In this event we will listen to songs and explanations of creation myths from the court omoro tradition and secret songs from the regional umui genre. We will also hear performances of Christian hymns based on Ryukyuan folk songs and sung in the Ryukyuan language since the 19th century.”

Date, Time, & Location:


  • $10 general
  • $8 seniors 65+, EWC/UH faculty & staff, military & veterans
  • $5 college students with ID, children 18 & under

Tickets online: https://ewcarts.eventbrite.com

Co-sponsored by the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Center for Okinawan Studies, UHM Department of Music, East-West Center Arts Program, and Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts.
The EWC Arts Program is supported in part by Aqua-Aston Hospitality, The Hawai’i Pacific Rim Society Hideo Murakami Fund for the Arts, Friends of Hawai’i Charities, Barbara B. Smith. Richard H. Cox, Jean E. Relles, EWC Arts ‘Ohana members, Jackie Chan Foundation USA, The Arthur Goodfriend lntercultural Fund, and other generous donors.

Seating is general: first come, first served.

Doors open 30 minutes before show time. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door, one hour before show time. Please allow time for parking, which is managed by UH Mānoa and usually free on Sundays.

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 http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Thomas%20Taro%20Higa/

Related information:

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, https://jabsom.hawaii.edu/dr-satoru-izutsu-receives-order-of-the-rising-sun-from-japan-government-for-aid-to-okinawa/.

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, https://www.uhfoundation.org/news/700000-funds-professorship-honoring-dr-satoru-izutsu.


  • Email: huoalegacy@gmail.com
  • Phone: 808-675-5400

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

August 14, 2018

Okinawan Textile Event: corrections and other information

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The Okinawan Textile Lecture on August 9 (2018) was a success. The room was filled with the audience, and 67 people watched the event remotely! The Okinawa Collection and other 2 co-sponsors–the Center for Okinawan Studies and the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa–thank the speakers/artists from Okinawa, Eric Wada, the translator, and the audience in the Library and the participants who watched the event remotely.


Please tell us about your experience of participating in the event.

URL: https://goo.gl/forms/Wc3uuZoSQJr6U1El2

Your anonymity is guaranteed. The survey is available until August 27, 2018.

Ms. Mieko Taira

Photo above: Ms. Mieko Taira, Kijoka bashōfu. | 喜如嘉の芭蕉布の平良美恵子さん。

Ms. Hiroko Matayoshi and Eric Wada

Photo above: Ms. Hiroko Matayoshi (left) and Mr. Eric Wada (translator) | 読谷山ミンサーの又吉次子さん(左)と御冠船歌舞団のエリック・ワダさん(通訳)。

Ms. Ritsuko Shiroma and Haebaru hanaui

Photo above: Ms. Ritsuko Shiroma (right) on Haebaru hanaui & Ryukyu kasuri | 南風原花織の説明中の城間律子、琉球絣事業協同組合理事長(右)。

Mr. Okishige Maeshiro and Ryukyu indigo

Prof. Okishige Maeshiro at Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts (right) on Ryukyu indigo | 沖縄県立芸術大学美術工芸学部教授、真栄城興茂教授(右)。

Ms. Sachiko Yafuso and bingata

Photo above: Ms. Sachiko Yafuso (right) on bingata/katachiki | 琉球びんがた事業協同組合顧問、伝統工芸士の屋冨祖幸子さん(右)。

Okinawan Textile artists from Okinawa

The artists from Okinawa (photo above) | 沖縄からハワイ大図書館へいらした方がた。

Here is the revised list of speakers and their expertise who spoke on August 9, 2018.

SPEAKERS/ARTISTS (corrections are in bold and in purple)

  • Ms. Mieko Taira / 平良美恵子氏 (芭蕉布/Bashōfu)
  • Ms. Hiroko Matayoshi / 又吉弘子氏 (読谷ミンサー, 読谷花織/Yuntanza minsā, Yuntanza hanaui)
  • Ms. Ritsuko Shiroma / 城間律子氏 (琉球絣・南風原花織/Ryukyu kasuri, Haebaru hanaui)
  • Mr. Okishige Maeshiro / 真栄城興茂氏 (琉球藍染/Ryukyu aizome)
  • Ms. Sachiko Yafuso / 屋冨祖幸子氏 (琉球びんがた/Ryukyu bingata/Ryukyu katachiki)


Mr. Eric Wada, co-founder of Ukwanshin Kabudan / 御冠船歌舞団

Sanshin Music Player

Mr. Norman Kaneshiro, who teaches sanshin (三線, a three-string Okinawan music instrument) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.


[A] The print resources on Okinawan Textile

Textiles across the seas [= 織の海道]

[001] Yaeyama, Miyako hen [=八重山・宮古編] (2005)

[002] Okinawa hontō, Kumejima hen [=沖縄本島・宮古編] (2004)

[003] Amami, Kagoshima, Kurume hen [=奄美・鹿児島・久留米編] (2005)

[004a] Kasuri: from its origins to its designs: Okinawa, Amami, Kyūshū (2007)

[004b] Kasuri mon’yōshū : Okinawa, Amami, Kagoshima, Kurume = The exquisite ikat patterns and their designs / 絣文様集: 沖縄 · 奄美 · 鹿児島 · 久留米 = The exquisite ikat patterns and their designs (2007)

[B] Online resources

<1>Kijoka bashōfu / 喜如嘉芭蕉布:

<2> Yuntanza minsā, Yuntanza hanaui / 読谷山ミンサー、読谷山花織:

My Hawaii – Yomitan Weavers Planning Hawaii Demo

<3> Haebaru hanaui, Ryukyu kasuri / 南風原花織・琉球絣:

<4> Ryukyubigasuri / 琉球美絣

<5> Katachiki (bingata)

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