Okinawan Festival

HANEJI CLUB
HUOA MEMBER CLUB

Year Started June 1928, with 26 member families
Organizers The Reverend Kihichi Oyakawa, Ushisuke Taira, Genei Miyagi, Eishin Uechi, Matsusuke Tamashiro
Original Officers The Reverend Kihichi Oyakawa, president; Ushisuke Taira, vice president; Genei Miyagi, secretary, Eishin Uechi, treasurer; Matsusuke Tamashiro, assistant treasurer.
Past Presidents Kinsei Nakasone (1947-48, 1952)
Choyu Shimabukuro (1949)
Ushisuke Taira (1950)
Tokujiro Matsuda (1951, 1953)
Toyokichi Matsuda (1954)
Matsuju Miyashiro (1955-56)
Yonenaga Arashiro (1957, 1964-65)
Zentoku Taira (1958, 1963)
Toyoshi Taira (1959)
Matsukichi Miyashiro (1960)
Fukujiro Soken (1961)
Sensuke Soken (1962)
Chester Yahiku (1966-67, 1975-78)
Fumio Teruya (1968-69)
Raymond Inafuku (1970-73)
Paul Miyashiro (1973-74)
Genko Yafuso (1979)
Notes Notes by Kiei Oyakawa: The name of the Haneji Club has undergone serval modifications to reflect the changing legal designation of Haneji, Okinawa. From 1928 to 1949, since Haneji was a son, the club existed as Haneji Sonjinkai. In 1949, when Yagaji, which was previously part of Haneji-son, was made a separate son, the name of the club was changed to Haneya Sonjinkai, Haneya being a combination of Haneji and Yagaji. In 1950, when the Haneji and Yagaji groups split into two independent clubs, the Haneji group named themselves the Honolulu Haneji Sonjinkai. Today, Haneji-son no longer exists; the area has been incorporated into Nago-shi. Nevertheless, the Haneji people in Hawaii still feel a strong identity as a separate group; therefore, they are continuing as the Haneji Club. A highlight of the past was the welcome dinner in 1946 to celebrate the return of the Haneji sons of Hawaii who fought in World War II.











 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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