CLUB NEWS

KITA NAKAGUSUKU SONJIN KAI . . . by Milton Higa

Kita Nakagusuku Issei Raymond Yeihan Asato and Tsuruyo Asato were honored at this year’s shinnen enkai, which was held Feb. 24 at the Wisteria. Okinawan entertainment was provided by Afuso-ryu Hawaii Sandaa Kai. Members also enjoyed a hula performance by Gariss Pereira and a karate demonstration by Garinn “Masa” Pereira.

The annual Okinawan Festival will be held Sept. 1 and 2 at Kapiolani Park. Kita will again be helping in the Heiwa Dori tent along with several other clubs. Please call Milton at 674-3211 if you are able to volunteer your services or are interested in purchasing festival scrips.

Our annual Hawaii Okinawa Center clean-up is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 30. Volunteers are needed for this event as well. Please help us preserve our Center. Call Milton for details.

KANEGUSUKU SONJIN KAI . . . by Ed Kino

Mahalo to Harvey Lee for being Kanegusuku’s young participant at the HUOA Summit on April 28 at the Hawaii Okinawa Center. “Our Lives, Our Future” was the theme of the Summit, which was aimed at keeping alive the Okinawan heritage and sharing it with all of Hawaii’s people so that our children and grandchildren will grow up with a sense of pride in their Okinawan heritage.

Mahalo to volunteers Henry Nagamine, Toshi Shimabukuro, Ronald Oshiro, Masuo and Ed Kino, Harriet and David Kihara, Katherine and Kenni Sakai and Lynda Iraha for working at the April 29 Spring Craft Fair.

Volunteers are needed to clean the Hawaii Okinawa Center on July 1, beginning at 8 a.m. Call Ed Kino at 262-2608 by June 25 to sign up as we also need a bento count.

HUI MAKAALA . . . by Karen Shishido

Hui Makaala will introduce its 13 new scholarship recipients at its annual Scholarship Awards Banquet on Sunday, Aug. 12, 11:30 a.m. at the Ala Moana Hotel’s Hibiscus Ballroom. Each student will receive a $2,000 scholarship in their pursuit of higher education. Since its establishment in 1946, Hui Makaala has awarded hundreds of scholarships to worthy students who, hopefully, are now contributing to the community — many in leadership roles. Many of the scholarship recipients are from the Neighbor Islands.

Former University of Hawaii offensive lineman Joe Onosai will be the guest speaker at this year’s banquet. Onosai has competed in the “Strongest Man in the World Contest” and is an accomplished singer and youth director of the Word of Life Christian Center. He is a true inspiration to today’s youth.

Jan Nako Toma is chairing the event. Lunch is $20; reservations can be made by calling Jan at 732-4640, or Karen Shishido at 523-4500.

Please also mark your calendars for Hui Makaala’s 32nd annual scholarship fund-raiser and fashion show, set for Sunday, Oct. 21, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Coral Ballroom. More information will follow in the next issue of Uchinanchu.

HUI ALU INC. (KAUAI) . . . by Jackie Tokashiki, secretary

I represented Hui Alu at the April 28 HUOA Summit at the Hawaii Okinawa Center. It was a very good workshop to get us thinking about our roots, the present, and where we plan to go in the future.

Hui Alu will be holding its second annual Kauai Open Okinawan Golf Tournament at the Wailua Municipal Golf Course on Saturday, Aug. 18. Play will begin at 7 a.m. with a shotgun start. An awards luncheon featuring Okinawan food will follow the tournament. Prizes will be awarded for individual medal play in both men’s and women’s flights. There will also be a drawing for door prizes. The registration deadline is August 10. Registration is limited to the first 144 entrants. The $65 entry fee covers the green fees, cart and awards luncheon. Proceeds from the tournament will help fund Hui Alu’s scholarship program, cultural activities and clubhouse renovations. The tournament is being chaired by Ron Kouchi. Hui Alu President Gary Ueunten invites all interested golfers and Hui Alu supporters to come to Kauai for a day of golf and fellowship. For more information, call Royce Ebesu at 822-4341, or Gary Ueunten at 332-8111.

And finally, Hui Alu would like to thank Dexter Teruya and the HUOA Video Team for producing the program on the Year 2000 Kauai Dance Festival. It was wonderful. They did a great job, professional. At the Summit, Dexter told me that they had shown it on Oahu. He also gave me a copy of the video for Hui Alu. Thank you so very much. It was a very good promotion for Kauai. Our president, Gary, has a tape, and I will share my copy with Mamo Kaneshiro and others. We can show it at our general membership meeting. Hui Alu members will be so proud of their hard work. Ippe Nihei Debiru!

TOMIGUSUKU SON JIN KAI . . . by Sandy Kaneshiro

Haisai! Here’s a short recap of Tomigusuku Son Jin Kai’s activities and information on upcoming events.

We held our annual shinnen enkai at the Hale Koa Hotel on Feb. 10. Over 350 members and member families enjoyed a fabulous buffet, door prizes and fantastic entertainment by Kenny Endo’s youth group and Kariyushi Restaurant owner Steve Yamada’s fantastic karaoke singing. An additional bonus to the evening’s entertainment was the duet sung by Steve and our very own Patricia Tsutsui. Hana hou! We also honored our recently turned and soon-to-be 80-year-old members with a special gift and lei.

On April 7, Tomigusuku Son Jin Kai held its annual Koala Moa fundraising chicken sale at Central Middle School. Ippei Nihwee Debiru to all who helped with the set-up, cooking, selling and clean-up — and especially with purchasing our delicious chicken, sushi and andagi.

Please mark your calendars for our annual picnic on Sunday, July 22. The picnic will be held at Ala Moana Park (areas 9 and 11). Please bring your entire family and friends to play games, eat shave ice, and get together with old and new friends.

The HUOA’s Okinawan Festival will be held Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1 and 2, at Kapiolani Park. Our club will be participating in the festival by cooking and selling our famous Okinawan soba soup in the Soba Booth all day Saturday. We will need at least 20 people for each shift. Please contact any of your club officers for more information. Reminder: Don’t forget to purchase your Okinawan Festival scrip from Tomigusuku. This scrip sale and our other fund-raising events help defray costs for our various club functions, including the annual shinnen enkai and picnic.

See you at the picnic and Okinawa Festival!

HAWAII SASHIKI CHINEN DOSHI KAI . . . by Mel Gushiken

Hawaii Sashiki Chinen Doshi Kai will be sending six students from Oahu and Kauai to Okinawa on an exchange program sponsored by Sashiki Cho and Chinen Son. The students, who range in age from 13 to 17, are descendants of immigrants from Sashiki Cho or Chinen Son. Selected for the exchange were: Jeri Shimazu, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Shimazu; Jason Nagamine, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Nagamine; Barry Nakamoto, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jared Nakamoto; Calli Chinen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Chinen; Jennifer Gima, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Preston Gima; and Amy Ueunten daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Ueunten. The students will be hosted by families in Sashiki and Chinen from Aug. 7 to 20.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the student exchange program between Hawaii Sashiki Chinen Doshi Kai and the Sashiki Cho Department of Education.

The program got off the ground in 1992 with the Hawaii Sashiki Boys Wing and Doreen Yamashiro, who taught English in Sashiki for a year. Shigeru Miyagi, Sashiki Cho’s superintendent of education, coordinated the program with the assistance of the Hawaii Sashiki Chinen Doshi Kai. Six students from Sashiki Cho’s junior high and high school participated in the first Hawaii Sashiki Boys Wing cultural exchange program.

In 1996 students from Chinen Son joined Sashiki Cho students for the homestay program. By last year, Hawaii Sashiki Chinen Doshi Kai members had hosted 20 students from Sashiki and Chinen. The program has led to a long-term relationship between the host families in Hawaii and the students from Okinawa.

CAPTION:

Hawaii Sashiki Chinen Doshi Kai exchange students: (standing from left) Jeri Shimazu, Jennifer Gima, Calli Chinen and Amy Ueunten, (kneeling, left) Barry Nakamoto and Jason Nagamine.

HUI OKINAWA . . . by Amy Shiroma

The last burst of a colorful fireworks display put on by the Lehua Jaycees will be followed by something even more thunderous: the Taishoji taiko drummers ushering in Hui Okinawa’s eisa and bon dancers at Mooheau Park on Wednesday, July 4, from about 8:20 p.m. until 10:30

The 4th of July program will be a chance for Hui Okinawa’s cultural committee to showcase an exciting form of eisa being taught to Hui Okinawa members and others interested by Grant Murata Sensei from Honolulu. The style of eisa is popular on Oahu and Kauai. Murata Sensei is also teaching taiko and sanshin.

Hui Okinawa’s eisa celebration will actually begin at 9 a.m. at Mooheau Park with a lesson in the Young Okinawans style of eisa. The potluck lunch will be followed by picnic games. Event chair Milton Yafuso promises lots of prizes.

Hui Okinawa’s concession stand will open to the public at 6 p.m., selling andagi, saimin, hot dogs, shave ice and more.

CHATAN/KADENA CHOJIN KAI . . . by Ray Uyema

It’s official! Chatan Sonjin Kai is now Chatan/Kadena Chojin Kai. At our March 17 shinnen enkai at the Hawaii Okinawa Center, more than three-fourths of the members present voted to adopt the new name. Our name change is aimed at strengthening the relationships between the descendants of immigrants from Chatan and Kadena. The ties extend beyond Hawaii, to our ancestral homeland, Okinawa.

Guests at our shinnen enkai included Katsuya Taba from the Chatan-Cho Board of Education Cultural Section and Munehiro Machida, a professor at the University of the Ryukyus. Chatan/Kadena President Henry Arakaki also acknowledged the generous monetary contributions to our club by the mayors of Chatan and Kadena.

YOUNG OKINAWANS OF HAWAII . . . by Jon Itomura and Valerie Schmidt

It’s turning out to be another busy year for the members of Young Okinawans of Hawaii.

We held our shinnen enkai/installation banquet on Feb. 3, which happened to be a very special date. Exactly 20 years ago to the day, YOH was established during a meeting above Tamashiro Market of the 1980 Okinawa Leadership Tour participants.

On our 20th anniversary, Valerie Hatsuko Aniya Schmidt was installed as president. We were honored to have Cyrus Tamashiro, who served as the first president of YOH as our special guest speaker. Our resident comic, Iris Hiramoto, had us laughing all evening long.

We were also fortunate to have quite a few of the founding members of YOH attend the banquet. Their presence left us with the feeling that although YOH has changed over the years, age is not what counts: It’s all about that special Uchinanchu spirit.

On April 21, YOH members enjoyed a day of golf at the Bayview Miniature Golf Course. The weather was beautiful. Members, family and friends tried their luck on the interesting 18-hole golf course. Forty-four members attended the event, including children of all ages. Everyone had fun and took home prizes and, best of all, lasting memories.

A few weeks later, on May 9, YOH President Val Schmidt and immediate past president Jon Itomura, along with Eric Nitta, opened the HUOA’s Storytelling Festival with a performance of shishi-mai. The Storytelling Festival commemorated the 50th anniversary of the HUOA’s establishment. On the final night of the festival, we also read Okinawan folk tales to children while the adults listened to obake stories in the Legacy Ballroom.

The next day, YOH hosted the ladies of Hui O Laulima at a Mother’s Day craft social. Every year, YOH and Hui O Laulima spend 10 days making andagi at the State Farm Fair. All of the proceeds from our andagi-making benefit our annual holiday seniors luncheon. Last year, YOH provided entertainment and lunch for over 600 special seniors at the Hawaii Okinawa Center. This year, we will be making andagi Aug. 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18 and 19.

Because of the hard work involved, we began holding a social event prior to the fair. Forty-five people turned out for this year’s social. Every imaginable craft supply was made available: The attendees were required to bring only their appetites for lunch and their creative energy. The ladies made crafts such as cards and bags for Mother’s Day and other special occasions. Children and grandchildren made their own variations of the shishi lion from tissue and shoe boxes so they will have their own shishi to bring to bon dances.

The obon season is upon us again and YOH has been asked to perform at a number of bon dances around town. Please join us for our performances at the following temples:

• July 13 & 14: Koboji Shingon Mission

• July 27 & 28: Jikoen Hongwanji Mission (practice sessions set for July 18, 20 & 25)

• Aug. 25: Aiea Hongwanji Mission

• Sept. 1: Okinawan Festival at Kapiolani Park

• Sept. 15: Autumn Dance Festival at the Hawaii Okinawa Center

We are still confirming the dates for the Kailua Hongwanji, Jodo Mission and Waipahu Hongwanji bon dances. YOH will pass that information on to the HUOA office as soon as we confirm it.

AZA YOGI DOSHI KAI . . . by Cornell Miyasato

Aza Yogi Doshi Kai is in charge of the Country Store for this year’s Okinawan Festival. We are seeking your support to help stock our store with donations that we can re-sell. We are looking for “new,” saleable items — preferably in their original packaging — and saleable Okinawan artifacts. If possible, please also provide us with the approximate purchase price of the item.

We are also asking volunteers to make and donate “Okinawan Festival Mix” (see recipe below), which we plan to sell.

Donations can be dropped off at the Hawaii Okinawa Center between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., August 27 to 30. For more information, please leave a message at 299-9222.

OKINAWAN FESTIVAL MIX

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup Kayro syrup

3/4 cup sugar

3 tablespoon shoyu

2 (12.3 oz.) boxes of Chex cereal

1 jar furikake

sesame seeds

1 jar peanuts

Mix and boil butter, syrup, sugar and shoyu until sugar dissolves.

Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees, turning every 15 minutes.

Package in quart- or sandwich-size ziploc bags.