Korean Conflict 1951-1953
September 21, 1951: United Okinawan Association of Hawaii is "inaugurated" at Nuuanu YMCA with 14 locality clubs.
Also known as the Hawaii Okinawa Kenjin Rengo Kai. Charter clubs were Ginowan Sonjin Kai, Goeku Sonjin Kai, Gushichan Sonjin Kai, Gushikawa Sonjin Kai, Kailua Okinawa Kenjin Kai, Kaneohe Okinawa Doshi Kai, Kita Nakagusuku Sonjin Kai, Nago Chojin Kai, Naha Shijin Kai, Onna Sonjin Kai, Osato Doshi Kai, Shuri Shijin Kai, Tamagusuku Sonjin Kai and Yomitan Sonjin Kai.
The first officers were Dr. Henry S. Gima, president; Kiyoshi Shimabukuro, Chozen Kanetake, Kamesuke Nakamura, vice presidents; Dr. James Tengan, Nariyasu Chibana, English secretaries; Seian Hokama, Junkichi Higa, Japanese secretaries; Sadao Asato, Ansho Uyeshiro, treasurers; Kenichi Higa, Taketa Moromisato, Seiki Takasato, Kamekichi Higa, auditors; the Reverend Seikan Higa, the Reverend Houn Tamayose, advisors.
Under the U.S.-Japan Peace Treaty, Okinawa officially separates from Japan and is renamed the Ryukyus.
Hawaii-Okinawa Farm Youth Training Program started by Dr. Y. Baron Goto
Democratic Party in Hawaii emerges
UOA includes 32 locality clubs
Guidelines regarding social obligations established
Donation to Kyushu Flood victims
Testimonial dinners for graduating college seniors begins (terminated in 1975)
Hawaii becomes the 50th State
Brotherhood Program (Hawaii-Okinawa Friendship Mission)
60th Anniversary celebration of Okinawans arrival in Hawaii
Throughout the 60s
Anti-Vietnam War and Black Power movements give rise to ethnic studies programs on mainland university campuses.
Donation to Tidal Wave victims in Hilo
Scholarship Program Established
65th Anniversary of Okinawans arrival in Hawaii
Donation to victims of Typhoon Cora on Miyako Island
70th Anniversary of Okinawans arrival in Hawaii
Okinawan Cultural Jubilee is held
Reversion of Okinawa to Japan after nearly three decades of U.S. military occupation.
Deigo tree (India coral bean) planted on the grounds of the Japanese Consulate.
75th Anniversary of Okinawans arrival in Hawaii
Bicentennial celebration of United States
Exhibit at Blaisdell Center on contributions of Okinawans to American culture
Support for Bishop Museums Cultural Heritage Museum
80th Anniversary of Okinawans arrival in Hawaii
Publication of "Uchinanchu: A History of the Okinawans in Hawaii" in collaboration with UH Ethnic Studies Oral History Project
First Young Leaders Study Tour to Okinawa
10-year Medical Research Project begins
First Okinawan Festival at McCoy Pavilion at Ala Moana Park.
UOA gains tax-exempt, charitable status
UOA Logo, designed by Seikichi "Chick" Takara, is adopted. (see page 32)
First UOA Study Tour to Okinawa
Club Kobashigawa becomes 43rd member club
Scholarship Program with University of the Ryukyus begins
Centennial of Japanese immigration to Hawaii -Kanyaku Imin Centennial Celebration
Hawaii-Okinawa sister-state relationship executed with Governors Ariyoshi and Nishime signing
85th Anniversary of Okinawans arrival in Hawaii
Donation of 5,500 books to University of the Ryukyus Library
Wahiawa Kyoyu Kai becomes 44th member club
Okinawan Festival at Thomas Square and Honolulu Academy of Arts
Yonagusuku Sonjinkai becomes 45th member club
Bunka Kaikan fundraising campaign begins, Lynne Waihee, Honorary Chair
Release of cassette tape, "Chibariyo-1988"
Plant cuttings and seeds sent to Orion Brewery
Survey of Ethnic Records begins, Mona Nakayama, Chair
Issei Video Project initiated, Wesley Ueunten, Chair
Yaeyama Kyo Yu Kai accepted as member club
Groundbreaking of Hawaii Okinawa Center
Issei Video showing at Honolulu Academy of Arts
90th Anniversary of Okinawans arrival in Hawaii
Bishop Museum Okinawa Family Sunday
First Haari Boat Festival (Hilo)
Publication of "Uchinanchu-a Pictorial Tribute to Okinawans in Hawaii"
Pau Hana Plantation Fair
HOC Topping Off Party
Completion and Dedication of Hawaii Okinawa Center
Okinawa Treasure Exhibit at Honolulu Academy of Arts
Hawaii Okinawan Music and Dance Festival at NBC Arena
Okinawan Festival Parade in Waikiki
Okinawan Festival moves to Kapiolani Park from Thomas Square
Re-enactment of arrival of first 26 immigrants
Ogasawara Ryu Demonstration
Waipahu Plantation Fair - Waipahu Cultural Garden Park
Pau Hana Plantation Fair at Sheraton Waikiki
"Okage Sama De" closing banquet
HOC Wall of Honor Dedicated
Sealing of Time Capsule
(to be opened in 2042)
UOA becomes Hawaii United Okinawa Association (HUOA) on December 7, 1994
95th Anniversary of Okinawans arrival in Hawaii
President Bill Clinton visits the Okinawan Festival and gets his first taste of andagi
Uchinaaguchi and Ikebana classes start at the Hawaii Okinawa Center
The first Okinawan Cultural Summer Day Camp for Kids starts at the Center
Governor Ben Cayetano appoints Okinawan Centennial Celebration Commission
Hawaii observes the centennial of Okinawa immigration to Hawaii
Toyama Kyuzo Inurnment Service
Namie Amuro Benefit Concert at Waikiki Shell
"Leilanis Hibiscus" presented at Kumu Kahua Theatre
Voyage of Rediscovery - Hawaii/Kin Student Exchange Program
Mini Tsunahiki Festival at Ala Moana Park
Jon Nakamatsu Piano Recital at NBC Concert Hall
Hui Makaala Fashion Show
International Scholars Forum "Uchinanchu Diaspora"
HUOA and State of Hawaii Okinawan Centennial Celebration Commission releases limited edition Centennial Coin.
Japanese American National Museums traveling exhibit "From Bento to Mixed Plate: Americans of Japanese Ancestry in Multicultural Hawaii" opens at the Okinawa Prefectural Museum
Hawaii Okinawa Center and HUOA merge
10th Anniversary of Hawaii Okinawa Center
HUOAs 50th Anniversary