Okinawan Festival


Year Started February 1928, with 12 member families. The club disbanded during World War II and reorganized in 1947.
Organizers Shushichi Omine, Rizen Kohatsu, Kiyu Arakaki, Chosei Zukeran.
Original Officers Rizen Kohatsu, president; Seiro Kamiya, treasurer; Kiyu Arakaki, secretary.
Past President Rizen Kohatsu
Seiro Kamiya
Sokukei Gibo
Shinpuku Gima
Shushichi Omine
Kiyu Arakaki
Chosei Zukeran
Kenyei Oshiro
Masuyei Kamiya
Takefumi Omine
Chosei Zukeran
Shinkichi Ishimine
Takaaki Chinen
Kiyu Arakaki
Mitsumori Ashitomi
Charles Omine
Masaichi Oshiro
Shoichi Moriyama
Koichi Kaneshiro
Takashi Tsuhako
Dr. David Arakaki.
Notes Notes by June Arakawa: (1) The Tamagusuku Sonjinkai was established 52 years ago After the organizers consulted with and received the approval of Shushichi Omine, one of their elders, Kiyu Arakaki, was given the task of spearheading the membership drive. The initiation and first New Year's party were held at the home of Rizen Kohatsu, the club's firs president. (2) In the early years of the club, membership was limited because people generally did not own cars and found transportation a problem. Although there were many people from Tamagusuku living in Waipahu and Kahaluu, the difficulties in traveling to Honolulu prevented them from joining the club. Also, during the Great Depression of the 1930s, many were too poor to afford the $2.50 dues. It was not until after Worl War II that membership showed a notable increase. The economic situation had improved with the result that more people owned cars and telephones, making transportation and communication easier. There was also an influx of Tamagusuku people from the outer islands to Oahu. Yet the earlier years were not without some compensations. Because they were held at members' homes, the New Year's parties then were more intimate than those later held at teahouses and restaurants. The annual picnics, too, were than every special occasions--since members rarely went on outings to the country-side, it was a treat for them to go on trucks furnished by the club or by train to places such as Nanakuli, Kailua and Koko Head.