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.