Okinawan Culture & Arts
The Historical Gallery is located at Hawaii Okinawa Center. You'll find a selection of historical artifacts and reference books.
Okinawan Classes offered by HUOA
We are fortunate in the Okinawan community to have so
many cultural leaders who continue to preserve, perpetuate and promote the
Okinawan culture. If you are interested in learning more about Okinawan
performing arts, taiko or karate, look through the Okinawan Cultural Directory
and contact a group that may interest you. If you are unsure of which group to
contact, feel free to contact HUOA at 808-676-5400 or
Okinawan Dance Classes offered by Leeward Community College
Leeward Community College is offering Beginning Okinawan Dance class by Yukie Shiroma. It will be held at the Small Dance Studio at LCC in series of 4 classes. To register, call (808) 455-0479 or go to here for schedule and registration information.
Unique to Okinawa, Okinawan folk music continues today. You will find a sampling of the most well known songs at the link above.
Literary Journal: Voices from Okinawa
Voices from Okinawa is the summer 2009 issue of MANOA, an international literary journal published by the University of Hawai‘i Press. Over 200 pages long, Voices features the following: three plays and an essay by Jon Shirota, a Nisei novelist and playwright born in Hawai‘i; two essays by Mitsugu Sakihara, an Issei university professor and historian; an interview with Seiyei Wakukawa, an Issei journalist, historian, and activist; an interview with June Hiroko Arakawa, a Kibei Nisei who was a prominent community figure; an essay by Philip K. Ige, a Nisei writer born in Hawai‘i; art from the Sakamaki/Hawley Collection of Hamilton Library, of the University of Hawai‘i.
Official website of the prefectural government of Okinawa. Available in English and Japanese.
Okinawa Prefectural Government's website that showcase a digital archive of "Okinawa's nature and climate, on entertainment and nightlife, and much more. It aims not only to provide information on Okinawa's past, rich as it is, but also on the "new" Okinawa of today, and it will be a valuable source of tourism information."
Okinawa Convention and Visitors Bureau official website.
Rádio Léquios WEB Radio - Okinawan Music
Enjoy listening to Okinawan music online at Radio Lequios Web Radio. It's free to listen and lyrics are posted as well. A great web radio site hosted by Uchinanchu in Brazil, most of the site is in Portuguese but the music player is in English.