As part of the HUOA’s 50th anniversary celebration, a committee has been organized to produce a video which tells the story of the Hawaii United Okinawa Association — from its formation in 1951, to its vibrant present, with its myriad of activities for Uchinanchu and Uchinanchu-at-heart of all ages. The video will be shown at the 50th anniversary banquet set for Sept. 22 at the Hawaii Okinawa Center.

While there is an abundance of photos and video of present-day activities, lacking are visuals of the early days of the then-United Okinawan Association of Hawaii, as well as historic photos of Okinawan immigration to Hawaii and the early Uchinanchu community. If you have any photos or video converted from film of the early days of our community that you are willing to allow the committee to use in the video, please drop them off at the HUOA office by March 15, or call HUOA at 676-5400 or Lillian Takata at 623-5861.



And speaking of photos . . .

HUOA’s new photography subcommittee needs your help! This committee is responsible for shooting pictures of the many HUOA activities taking place all year long and for organizing the photo archives. We’re also responsible for tracking down HUOA photos that members may have stored away until the Hawaii Okinawa Center created safe storage space. If you have photos of HUOA events and activities, please give us a call!

We can also use your help if you like taking pictures and have your own camera, or if you have good organizational skills and would like to work on the photo archives. If you like to write, we could use your help writing text and captions to go along with the photographs.

Interested in helping? If you are or know someone who might want to join the committee, call Michael Young at 836-8843.



Oldtime residents of Kalihi Valley will be holding their third reunion at Masa's Cafeteria (910 Mapunapuna) on Sunday, April 29, from 11 a.m. until about 4 p.m.

According to co-organizer Claude Zukeran, it’ll be an opportunity for people who lived in “God’s Country” before the Likelike Highway came through — when it was a bustling community of pig and vegetable farms — to spend a nostalgic afternoon talking story about the good ‘ol days. He noted also that lower Kalihi Valley — from School Street until about half-way into the valley — was a predominantly Uchinanchu community from around 1920 until about 1956.

The first Kalihi Valley reunion was held in the mid-1980s and attracted about 500 people. The second reunion was held in 1994, attracting about 350 former and current residents. The organizers are encouraging Kalihi Valley old-timers to bring their children and grandchildren to the reunion, so they can learn about their parents’ and grandparents’ lives in “God’s Country.”

Lunch is $20 for adults and free for children under 12. The committee asks that you RSVP by April 19. For reservations or for more information, call: Kiyoshi Taira at 671-4313, Clara Yamashiro at 843-0080, Toki Okudara at 839-2994, or Claude Zukeran at 839-7139.



We were recently warned by a Honolulu Police Department volunteer that anyone parking in the handicapped stalls at the Hawaii Okinawa Center must display their handicapped permit or risk being ticketed. The rules pertaining to parking in handicapped stalls are enforced 24 hours a day on both public and private property — and regardless of whether or not there is a function being held at the Center. So, when you visit the HOC, please park in the handicapped stalls only if you have a handicapped permit.



The Hawaii Okinawa Center is looking for a few good volunteers for 2001.

Volunteer administrative workers are needed to help file, photocopy and prepare documents, and to assist with other clerical duties, such as answering the phones.

We are especially in need of a volunteer with library skills to help maintain the downstairs library in the Higa Building. The individual will assist with cataloguing, loaning, filing and other library duties. The HUOA library consists of Japanese- and English-language books, magazines and other publications, as well as some videotapes. The ability to read, write and speak Japanese is extremely helpful. If you’re interested and think you can help, please call the HUOA office at 676-5400.