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

January 28, 2017

Happy Lunar Calendar New Year 2017

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Happy Lunar New Year 2017 / 旧正月(ソーグワチ)

In Okinawa the New Year has been celebrated on the January 1st on Lunar Calendar. According to the Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau, some families celebrate the New Year both on Gregorian and Lunar Calendars.

In mainland Japan the New Year is celebrated with a boxed food called osechi (おせち) and mochi (rice cakes).

The University of the Ryukyus Library published an essay about the New Year’s Eve.

Kijimun no doūchuimunī / きじむんのどぅーちゅいむにぃー : 大晦日の夜 (December 2013)

A site in Okinawa shows some traditional, Okinawan New Year dishes and the recipes.

Related Resources:

You can find more resources by choosing “Subject,” and “Cooking, Okinawan” or “Cooking, Ryukyuan.”

subject heading in voyager record

Subject headings for Okinawan cooking in a Voyager record

The Asia Department at UH Mānoa is having an exhibit on the 4th floor in the Hamilton Library.

Check it out!