Okinawan Cultural Directory

The Hawaii United Okinawa Association (HUOA) is pleased to present its Okinawan Cultural Directory. HUOA expresses its appreciation to the cultural leaders, sensei, instructors and their respective members for generously participating in the Association's activities and events.


Below is a listing of different schools or clubs whose activities help to preserve, perpetuate and promote the culture of Okinawa. The talents and artistry of our cultural leaders successfully share the beautiful traditions of Okinawa to a wide range of audiences.


We welcome other Okinawan cultural groups to contact our office to add or make corrections to their listing to or tel: 808-676-5400.



Association and Hawaii Chapters

Dance Academies


Language / Poetry 

Okinawa Koto

Sanshin (shamisen)


Afuso Ryu Gensei Kai, Hawaii Shibu

June Uyeunten Nakama, Instructor

98-504 Pono Street

Aiea, HI 96701

Phone: 808-485-8413

Fax: 808-485-8413

Cell: 808-223-9703


Discipline: sanshin; Ryukyuan classical/folk music


Afuso Ryu Gensei Kai, Kenton Odo Kenkyujo

Kenton A. Odo, Instructor

1969 Hoolehua Street

Pearl City , HI 96782

Cell: 808-392-6969


Discipline: sanshin; Ryukyuan classical/folk music


Nakasone Seifu Kai

Harry Seisho Nakasone, Instructor

2724 Kahoaloha Lane #2406

Honolulu, HI 96822

Phone: 808-943-8826

Fax: 808-943-8826

Cell: 808-271-1225

Discipline: sanshin-classical/folk


Nomura Ryu Ongaku Kyo Kai Hawaii Shibu

Norman Kaneshiro (Shihan; Instructor)

2715 Pulena Place

Honolulu, HI 96822

Cell: 808-294-9152


Discipline: uta-sanshin (classical)


Ryukyu Koten Afuso-ryu Ongaku Kenkyu Hawai Choichi Kai

Grant "Sandaa" Murata, Shihan-Director

1264 Ainakoa Avenue

Honolulu, HI 96821

Phone: 808-737-3111

Cell: 808-256-5919


Discipline: sanshin; Ryukyuan classical/folk music


Shinsato Shosei Kai

Katsumi Shinsato, Sensei

1615 Bernice Street

Honolulu, HI 96817

Phone: 808-845-3321

Discipline: sanshin-classical/folk 


Okinawa Minyo Kyokai, Wakugawa Akira Dojo-Derek Ichiro Shiroma Kenkyusho

Derek Ichiro Shiroma, Director & Instructor

3427 Maunaloa Avenue

Honolulu, HI 96816

Phone: 808-382-2075

Urizun Minyo Group


Discipline: Uta-sanshin (various styles)


Senior Groups

Taiko, Eisa, Paranku


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Last updated: December 2, 2009
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