One of the highlights of last month’s Installation Banquet was the honoring of the Year 2000 “Uchinanchu of the Year” — each of whom was selected for the honor by their respective clubs. In this issue of Uchinanchu — and continuing in our April issue — we will profile (in alphabetical order by club) these special treasures. But first . . .

Young Okinawans of Hawaii President and installation program emcee Jon Itomura captured the essence of the award program in his introduction. If you missed it, we want to share it with you.

“You’ve all seen those VISA credit card commercials that try to put a price on certain things. My commercial would go something like this: sack of andagi - $1.50; Okinawan soba - $3.50; HUOA Installation Banquet tickets - $30 . . . ‘Uchinanchu of the Year’: priceless . . .”

Go to the honorees.

(Special thanks to Chatan Sonjin Kai member Ray Uyema for sharing these digital files with Uchinanchu.)
[Webmaster note: The Web site team also thanks Ray Uyema for the digital files of the writeup and pictures.]