Okinawan Festival


Year Started 1908. Originally there were three clubs--one in Lahaina, Maui; another in Kipapa and a third in Kahaluu
Organizers Kinjo Nakata in Lahaina, Tokushichi Ikehara in Kipapa, Chuichiro Nakada in Kahaluu
Past President Kyusho Kaneshiro
Ginki Ikehara
Shigeru Takayesu
Masao Ginoza
Soyei Nakata
Frank Ikehara
Fred Toyama
Kiichi Kobashigawa
Yoshio Nakama
Harold Afuso
Charles Ikehara
Andy Ikehara
Mike Nakama
Dan Fong
Jocelyn Ige
Dwight Ikehara
Notes Notes by Mrs. Kameyo Ginoza: (1) Each original Kin club had a unique feature. The Lahaina club helped to send ailing members back to Okinawa. The Kipapa club gave financial assistance to members who were pineapple growers. The Kahaluu club aided its members by investing in a large set of pots and dishes for use at wedding, birthday or anniversary parties. Since families were unable to afford such extra household items in the past, such aid was meaningful and greatly appreciated by the members. (2) According to issei members, sumo contests among son were held before World War I. Kyuzo Nakata, representing Kin-son, once took the championship. About 1918 the Kin people of Hawaii contributed to the building of the statue of Kyuzo Toyama in Kin-son, Okinawa. After World War II a second donation was made for a replacement because the original statue had been melted down during the war by the Japanese Army for use as scrap metal. (3) In 1953 Kin Sonjinkai members helped Seiyei Wakukawa gather materials for his book Jidai no senkusha: Toyama Kyuzo (The Life and Times of Kyuzo Toyama). (4) The first Kin persons to earn graduate degrees were Dr. Thomas Ige, Professor of Economics, University of Hawaii, and Roy Nakada, an attorney who had had resided in Okinawa.
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