HUOA to celebrate 30th anniversary of Hawaii-Okinawa sister state in July

HUOA to celebrate 30th anniversary of Hawaii-Okinawa sister state in July

Front row: the Hawaii United Okinawa Association president-elect Tom Yamamoto, president Mark H.Higa, executive director Jane F. Serikaku and the Okinawa Hawaii Association president Choko Takayama. Back row: Hanae Higa, deputy secretary general of the fundraising campaign headquarters for the construction of the Hawaii Okinawa Plaza Kazuo Uechi, and the Hawaii Okinawa Association's board member Shoji Matsuda, on March 16, at the Ryukyu Shimpo building at Ameku, Naha.


March 17, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 16, President Mark H.Higa, president-elect Tom Ken Yamamoto, executive director Jane F. Serikaku of the executive council of the Hawaii United Okinawa Association (HUOA) visited the Ryukyu Shimpo office. The HUOA plans to build the Hawaii Okinawa Plaza, which will have leasable retail and office space and will include space for activities that will promote Okinawan culture. Rental income from the Plaza will support the Hawaii Okinawa Center, which is the operating base for the HUOA. Higa and other members called for fundraising for the construction of the Plaza.

This year marks the 30-year milestone of a sister state arrangement between Hawaii and Okinawa. The HUOA will hold a commemoration ceremony in Hawaii in July. Hawaii Governor David Ige, third-generation Okinawan descendant, will attend the ceremony, and Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga will be invited to it.

The president of the HUOA said, “The Okinawa Plaza is a vital facility for the passing down of the Okinawan culture to future generations. We would like to make the 30th commemorative ceremony successful.”

(English translation by T&CT)

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