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Uchinanchu of the Year 2021
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Giving Tuesday
Uchinanchu Newsletter November/December 2021
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Giving Tuesday
2022 Hui O Laulima Cultural Grant Awardees


Hui O Laulima (HOL) is pleased to announce the 2022 Cultural Grant recipients.

HOL, a non-profit women's organization, offers grants to individuals and organizations that promote and perpetuate the unique culture of Okinawa in our island communities.
Each awardee demonstrated potential to promote and expand the influence of our vibrant and colorful Okinawan culture.
A total of $14,000 was awarded to eight organizations and individuals. We congratulate and extend our best wishes to each of the following recipients for a successful year.
  • 1. Janice Shiira/Doreen Yamashiro - Printing of UCHINAAGUCHI KATAYABIRA! for free distribution at Shimakutuba booth; & assorted art materials, children's prizes, etc. at 2022 Okinawan Festival
  • 2. Jimpu Kai USA - Airfare to Okinawa for research/documentation, presentation, & workshops at invitation from Geidai University
  • 3. Jimpu Kai USA - Airfare for performances on Maui (reading of kumiwudui)
  • 4. Kohala Okinawa Kenjin Kai - Airfare for musicians at Hawi Obon Festival
  • 5. Lee Tonouchi - Editing/publishing a Hawaii Okinawan literary anthology featuring established writers of poetry and prose
  • 6. Maui Okinawa Kenjin Kai (Jimpu Kai Maui) - Cheryl Nakasone sensei's airfare for monthly classes
  • 7. Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii - Airfare for 5 members to participate in RMD Headquarters' 40th Anniversary in Okinawa
  • 8. Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Kohala/Waimea - Airfare for instructor from Oahu or sending student to Oahu for workshop in learning new songs
Hui O Laulima is an active member of the Hawaii United Okinawa Association.
Uchinanchu of the Year and 72nd Installation Celebration

The HUOA will present its 72nd Installation Celebration to honor the Uchinanchu of the Year from each member club and to install its officers for 2022.
Incoming president, David Ryo Jones has chosen "Chuishiijii: Reaching New Heights Together" as his theme.

Celebration Package

Due to COVID-19 concerns, this Celebration will be presented virtually to a worldwide audience via YouTube and Facebook. It is scheduled to air on Sunday, January 30, 2022 at 2:00 pm Hawaii time.

Watch us live on the day and time noted by going to the HUOA Facebook or Youtube channel page and clicking on this link or come back and watch later.

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