Gus Hokama’s Lovely Song “Jikuu no Hana”

Gus Hokama’s Segment from the HUOA Virtual Festival 2021

I hope you enjoyed the two days of Uchinaa culture with HUOA’s 2021 Virtual Okinawan Festival (and if you haven’t, there’s always the archives). We were treated to a lot of amazing local talent and a few special guests and one that came to our attention is singer-songwriter Gus Hokama from Argentina and his song “Jikuu no Hana”. The video has been on his YouTube channel for a few years with Español subtitles (it’s sung in Japanese) but the version clipped above has English ones and is the Español version of the song. This particular song with Gus’s husky voice wouldn’t be out of place in a K-drama. It’s so good. The icing on the cake is that musician Brandon Ing makes a special appearance on sanshin for the song. “Jikuu no Hana” is from his 2018 album of the same name which is definitely worth adding to your music library (Apple Music link).

Gus recently released his single “Quiero oír tu voz” on June 19th and has a music video for it.

2nd Okinawan FEASTival

We’re so happy to see a return of Shari’s Okinawan FEASTival! This year it’s running from September 1st to the 14th and there’s a lot of food 🍱 and drink 🍺 to be excited about. 😋

From the opening of American Cafe in 1923 to today, there has been over 350 Okinawan owned restaurants in Hawaii. Most of the original restaurants have closed but there is a new generation operating today. In the spirit of Yuimaaru (communities supporting one another, especially in times of need), we are asking the community to help support these local Okinawan owned restaurants. This year, FEASTival is teaming up with the Okinawan Festival! Festival will be virtual this year at on  September 4th & 5th.

Be sure to check out the website’s FEASTival Specials page as there are limited time specials that can be pre-ordered. Be sure not to miss the handy text-only timeline version Shari created so you won’t miss out any specials.

Champuru featured on Channel808’s bon dance video

I was recently interviewed by Melissa Chang of Nonstop Honolulu / Hawaii IRL to talk about bon dancing. David, president of the Young Okinawans of Hawaii, and I had a great time chatting with Melissa. Enjoy!

There are a couple of videos up so be sure to check out Channel808’s YouTube channel.

And so marks the beginning of Hawaii’s bon dance season. 🙂

An Evening of Japanese and Okinawan Music and Dance – Hawaii

From the flyer:

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa · College of Arts & Humanities · Music Department presents

An Evening of Japanese and Okinawan Music and Dance

Saturday, October 17, 2009
7:30 p.m., Orvis Auditorium
$12 general admission, $8 students & seniors @ the door

A recital featuring instructors from UH Manoa’s ethnomusicology and dance programs, including:

Rev. Masatoshi Shamoto (gagaku)
Onoe Kikunobu (Japanese dance)
Cheryl Yoshie Nakasone (Okinawan dance)
Robert Herr (shakuhachi)
Darin Miyashiro (koto)
Norman Kaneshiro (Okinawan sanshin)

The concert includes traditional gagaku and bugaku, dances choreographed to classic koto/shamisen music, Okinawan classic and folk numbers, and a contemporary koto/shakuhachi duet.

(Nifee deebitan to Char for the info!)

[Updated] “The trends and directions of Okinawan studies in Hawaii” by Mamoru Akamine

[Updated: Room has been changed to #2118.]

September 25, 2009

“The trends and directions of Okinawan studies in Hawaii” by Professor Mamoru Akamine of the University of the Ryukyus.

The noon seminar will be held at John A. Burns Hall Rm. 3012 2118, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

(Nifee deebitan to Char for the info!)

COS Lecture Series 10/1/09 & 10/2/09

Professor Masahide Ishihara will be our first speaker with two different presentation on October 1st and 2nd. Both presentation will be held in the Tokioka Room (Moore Hall 319) at 3:00 pm. Professor Ishihara is a linguist at the University of the Ryukyus. More information on his talk to follow in the coming weeks.

October 1, 2009

“Two Sides of the Coin: Change in Language Attitudes Toward the Ryukyuan Languages”

October 2, 2009

“America’s English Language Policy in Occupied Okinawa and the Reactions of the People of Okinawa”

Link: Center for Okinawan Studies Lecture Series

(Nifee deebitan to Char for the info.)

Chimugukuru: A Celebration of the Heart, Soul and Spirit of Hawaii’s Okinawan Community


Come join us for Chimugukuru: A Celebration of the Heart, Soul and Spirit of Hawaii’s Okinawan Community (featuring storyteller Alton Chung) on Saturday, October 24th at the Hawaii Okinawa Center. 100% of proceeds from this celebration support the Hawaii United Okinawan Association and Ikuyu Madin (HUOA Capital Campaign). The event runs from 1 pm to 9 pm, headlined by two special storytelling programs. Join us for some or all of the special events planned for the day.

Uchinanchu, come learn about your heritage and explore what it means to be Okinawan. Uchinanchu-at-Heart, come learn about Okinawa and become a part of the Hawaii Okinawa community.


Doors open at Noon for open seating for General Admission ($20) and Reserved Section ($30) tickets. Platinum tickets ($100) guarantees a reserved seat in the front section, a parking stall at the HOC and $70 tax-deduction. There are a limited number of these tickets and they’re selling fast!

Tickets for just the Obake Tales ($5) are also available. Entry allowed from 4:30 pm.

We are expecting a sold out performance, so buy your tickets now! Tickets will be on sale at the Okinawan Festival in the Capital Campaign Tent and the HOC.


Nuchi du Takara (1:00 pm-3:30 pm)
Stories are important. They have the capacity to reflect, unite and mobilize a community. They can inspire and they can teach. Nuchi du Takara tells five riveting historical stories of astounding integrity, courage and selflessness. Performed by award-winning storyteller Alton Chung, the stories share the experiences of Okinawans and Hawaii Okinawans during WWII.

Also featuring: Frances Nakachi (Tamagusuku Ryu Senjukai Frances Nakachi Ryubu Dojo) and Derek Ichiro Shiroma (Okinawa Minyo Kyokai Derek Ichiro Shiroma Kenkyusho).

Nuchi du Takara brings to life important stories that define our community, exemplifying the attitudes, values and heart that make being a part of this community special.

These historically accurate stories bridge the past to the present and bring to life incredible heroes to inspire and guide a new generation. These are the stories we need to pass down to our children and grandchildren.


Cultural Events, Activities & Talk Story (3:30 pm-6:45 pm)
A continuous series of events are scheduled, including:

  • Sanshin, taiko and dance performances
  • Hairiest legs, Okinawan whistling and uchinaguchi challenge contests
  • Demos of Kachashi and Okinawan whistling
  • Alton Chung will perform Voices: Takejiro Higa’s Story from his Okage Sama de program
  • There will be a host of short lectures
  • Food: Bake sale, Andagi! and a variety of food booths


Obake Tales (7 pm)
Just in time for Halloween, Alton Chung will regale us with haunting Okinawan, Japanese and Hawaiian ghost stories.


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A new social network (started by Shari Tamashiro) is up on the web and I’m hoping many of Karakui’s readers will join in. The community’s focus will be on Okinawan studies all things Okinawan and is a great way to post blog entries, upload photos and videos, start forum threads, learn about new events, and to just hang out and chat with other members. Be sure to check it out!

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(Nifee deebitan to Shari Tamashiro for the invite.)