July 26, 2018

Okinawan Textile Events at HoMA

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The Honolulu Museum of Art (HoMA) will have two “free with museum admission” events in August 2018.

Okinawan Textile Lectures at HoMA

Image source: https://honolulumuseum.org/events/lectures_performances/16943-weaving_demonstration

(1) Textile Sharing

Lecture: Textile Sharing
Showtimes: Friday, Aug 10, 2018, 10:00 AM
Location: Honolulu Museum of Art

About the Lecture:

Learn more about the textiles featured in Lacquer and Clay: Okinawan Art at this free talk where curator of textiles Sara Oka will share textiles from the museum vault. Visiting artists from the Okinawa Traditional Textile Association will be present to examine, discuss and share their insights.

Free with museum admission. Meet in the Education Lecture Hall—take the stairs or elevator to the basement from Palm Courtyard, next to the Coffee Bar.

(2)  Weaving Demonstration

Lecture: Weaving Demonstration
Showtimes: Saturday, August 11, 2018, 10:00 AM
Location: Honolulu Museum of Art

About the Lecture:

Go behind the scenes of Lacquer and Clay: Okinawan Art at this free demonstration. Guests can watch a visiting artist from the Okinawa Traditional Textile Association weave on a loom, then try their own hand at this traditional craft.

Free with museum admission. Demonstrations will take place in the Education Lecture Hall and in the Temporary Exhibitions gallery, next to the Visitor Lounge.

Do not forget to visit the current exhibition, “Lacquer and Clay: Okinawan Art,” while you are at HoMA.

July 23, 2018

Jane Serikaku Passes Away

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Ms. Jane Serikaku, former Hawaii United Okinawa Association’s (HUOA) Director, passed away on July 6, 2018. She was 79 years old.

Jane Serikaku former HUOA Director

HUOA announced Jane’s passing as follows:

Jane Fujie Serikaku, executive director of the Hawaii United Okinawa Association
(HUOA) and retired educator, passed away peacefully on July 6, 2018, surrounded by close family and friends. She was 79 years old. A longtime leader in the Okinawan community, Serikaku was the HUOA’s first female president in 1993-1994. She was born on Maui, attended Maui High School and the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa where she graduated with a degree in education and also obtained a master’s degree in educational administration. Serikaku received the prestigious Milken Educator Award in 1998 while principal at Iliahi Elementary School for her exemplary work in collaborating with teachers, parents, and students and also establishing a free preschool. She retired after 30 years as an educator and was appointed the executive director of the HUOA in 2006. Always a staunch supporter of education, she believed that the future of HUOA is dependent upon the youth and helped coordinate the Hawaii-Okinawa High School Student Exchange program for over 25 years. She also initiated the HUOA Leadership Study Tour giving young Okinawans from Hawaii an opportunity to visit their ancestral homeland and learn about Okinawan culture. Serikaku was a second generation (Nisei) Okinawan with ancestral ties to Nakagusuku Village. She was designated as a new “Uchina Goodwill Ambassador” by the Okinawa Prefectural Government in 2006.

The Okinawa Times also published an obituary of Ms. Jane Serikaku.

「勢理客ジェーンさん死去/79歳 ハワイ連合会元会長」、沖縄タイムス、2018年7月8日。/ July 8, 2018, “Jane Serikaku, Former Hawaii United Okinawan Association Director, Dies at the age 79,” The Okinawa Times. (in Japanese)

[大弦小弦]目尻を下げた満面の笑みが脳裏に焼き付いている…」、沖縄タイムス、2018年7月14日。/  July 14, 2018, “Jane’s smiles are burnt in my mind,” The Okinawa Times (in Japanese).

Service will be held on Thursday, August 9, 2018, at the Hawaii Okinawa Center.
Visitation begins at 4:00 p.m. with a memorial service at 6:00 p.m. (Hawaii Time)

For more information about the memorial service, please contact Hawaii Okinawa Center at (808) 676-5400 or email to info@huoa.org.


July 15, 2018

Okinawan Textile Lecture by 4 artists from Okinawa

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The Okinawa Collection at the UH Mānoa Library, the Center for Okinawan Studies (COS) at the UH Mānoa, and the Department of Art & Art History at UH Mānoa co-sponsor an Okinawan traditional textile lecture on Thursday, August 9, 2018.

Okinawan Textile Lecture

  • Title: Okinawan Textile Lecture: Traditional Dyeing and Weaving Techniques
  • Date: Thursday, August 9, 2018
  • Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
  • Location: Hamilton Library Room 301
  • Speakers (4 textile artists from Okinawa):
    • Mieko Taira (芭蕉布/Bashōfu)
    • Hiroko Matayoshi (読谷花織/Yomitan hanaui)
    • Machiko Miyagi ( 琉球絣・南風原花織/Ryukyu kasuri, Haebaru hanaui)
    • Okishige Maeshiro (琉球藍染/Ryukyu aizome)
Four Okinawan textile artists will speak their dyeing and weaving techniques and history behind the tradition. The artists will come from Okinawa and speak in Japanese. Their lecture will be translated into English by Eric Wada, an artistic director and co-founder of Ukwanshin.
Here are some videos that explain some Okinawan textile tradition.

《KATACHIKI》Okinawa Bingata from TAKUMI-WORKS (takumi-works.com) on Vimeo.


TEWAZA「喜如嘉の芭蕉布」Kijyoka Banana fiber Cloth by 伝統工芸 青山スクエア (by Dentō kōgei Aoyama Square)

Registration is not required.

This event is free and open to the public.

The Hamilton Library does not allow food inside. Bottled water and water in a personal mug with a lid are allowed.

For parking, please visit the parking office at http://manoa.hawaii.edu/commuter/visitor.php or call at808-956-8899.

Questions? Please contact Okinawan Studies Librarian at UH Mānoa Library at sachiko.iwabuchi@hawaii.edu or call her at 808-956-2311.