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.

October 4, 2018

Okinawa Essay Contest

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The Okinawa Prefectural Government and the George Washington University Okinawa Collection are sponsoring an essay contest to foster the study of U.S. military base issues in Okinawa and research on Okinawan culture, economics, history, politics, and society.
•The Okinawa Prefectural Government hopes that this contest will facilitate further discussions on Okinawa’s future and support new efforts to address different challenges.
•This contest is also supported by the Okinawa Collection and the Center for Okinawan Studies at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.

Okinawa Essay Contest


The contest is open to undergraduate and graduate students as well as recent graduates (graduated no earlier than May 2017) attending universities and colleges in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, or Hawaii.

Essay Topic

The applicant must write an essay that focuses on Okinawa in some manner. Possible examples of topic areas might include:

•Military bases in Okinawa and the Japan-U.S. alliance
•Okinawa’s politics and role in international relations
•Political economy of Okinawa’s development
•Legacy of history and culture in Okinawan society


1st Place: $500
2nd Place: $400
3rd Place: $300

The deadline for submissions will be noon (EST) on February 1, 2019 (Friday).

•Two winners at the 1st and 2nd places will have the opportunity to visit Okinawa to deepen their understanding about Okinawa and gain some inspiration for further research.
•Awardees will receive travel funding for the award ceremony in Washington, D.C.
•Winning essays will be published on the official website of the Okinawa Prefectural Government. Copies of the essays may be shared with libraries in Okinawa and the U.S.

Please visit www.okinawa-conference.com for submission guidelines and to submit your entry. If you have any questions, please contact us at info@okinawa-conference.com.