Sanshin grand master Terukina to receive 2016 HUOA’s legacy award

Sanshin grand master Terukina to receive 2016 HUOA's legacy award

Choichi Terukina

September 3, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Hawaii United Okinawa Association (HUOA), led by President Tom Yamamoto, will give its 2016 legacy award to National Living Treasure of Japan Choichi Terukina, 84, who lives in Naha City. The HUOA presents the legacy award annually to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the Okinawan descent community.

Terukina is recognized for his achievements in promoting Ryukyu traditional music in Hawaii. The Hawaii affiliate of the Ryukyu Koten Afuso Ryu Ongaku Kenkyu Choichi Kai led by Terukina was established in 1984 and has now about 100 members.

Terukina said, “This award is a great delight for me. My hope to have Okinawan performing arts take root in Hawaii has borne fruit. Hawaii is a foreign country but we [Okinawan descent community] have the same root. I want to teach performing arts that make the hearts of performers and audience become one.”
The award presentation ceremony will be held on December 4 at a hotel in Honolulu City.

(English translation by T&CT)

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