Robert Nakasone encourages sit-in protesters in Henoko with Hawaiian leis
July 4, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
Robert Nakasone, a resident of Hawaii who is a second-generation Okinawan visited the sit-in protest site in front of the gate of Camp Schwab in Henoko, Nago on July 2. He presented Hawaiian leis to citizens protesting against the construction of a new U.S. base in Henoko.
Nakasone said in his speech, “We can understand the hardship that Okinawa suffers because we have deep exchanges between Hawaii and Okinawa. We present Hawaiian leis, which mean that we always stand by you and support you.”
Hawaiian women including those of Okinawan descent made about 50 leis after they decided to present them three weeks ago.
Yasuhiro Maeki, 31, from Okinawa City, returned the courtesy performing an eisa dance for Nakasone.
(English translation by T&CT)
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