HUOA seeks donations for the construction of Hawaii Okinawa Plaza
October 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo
On October 15, President Chris Mamoru Shimabukuro of the Hawaii United Okinawa Association (HUOA), which has been visiting Okinawa from October 7 for an ancestral home study tour, visited the Ryukyu Shimpo building. The HUOA carries out tours every year. This year, 41 people, from first to fourth generation Okinawan-Hawaiian, stayed in Okinawa for ten days. The group took a tour of the Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum and castle ruin sites and also touched base with their relatives in Okinawa. Shimabukuro called for donations for the construction of a “Hawaii Okinawa Plaza”.
A third-generation Okinawan, Shimabukuro visited the Ryukyu Shimpo office with Choko Takayama, President of the Okinawa Hawaii Association and Asami Ginoza Secretary-General of Hawaii Okinawa Plaza Construction Fund-raising Promotion Committee. He said, “We would like to ask for support for the construction of Hawaii Okinawa Plaza to pass down Okinawan culture in Hawaii to the fourth and fifth generations.”
The HUOA has been planning to build a commercial facility called “Hawaii Okinawa Plaza,” to be completed in 2015, to subsidize the management expenses of their operating base Hawaii Okinawa Center. One hundred million yen out of a total construction cost of five hundred million yen will be covered by donations from Okinawa. The Promotion Committee is the contact point in Okinawa. As a memoir to the history of sending pigs from Hawaii to Okinawa during the severe food shortage after the war, a toy pig will be presented for donators.
For further details, call the Promotion Committee at 098(897) 0116.
(English translation by T&CT and Megumi Chibana)
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