Eric Wada, artistic director and co-founder of Ukwanshin Kabudan, will offer a free workshop on Ryūkū/Okinawan Dance.  Eric-shinshii heads the Hawaii branch of the Tamagusuku Ryu Shosetsu Kai, teaching traditional Ryukyuan dance in Honolulu.

If you are interested in attending this workshop, please register online at:

(click on this link).

Please note:

  • The date for this workshop was listed incorrectly in the Ukwanshin Nu Kwii newsletter.  The correct date/time is Saturday, Feb. 18 from 10am – 12pm.
  • A mini-fundraiser featuring ‘gently used’ kimono, yukata, and obi will be held before and after the workshop.  Come and check it out!

2023 Shinnenkai – New Year’s celebration – Reserve your tickets now!!!



Sunday, January 22, 2023
Jikoen Hongwanji Social Hall
Doors open at 5:30
Limited seating. “First come, first served”

Join us for a long-awaited in-person gathering to celebrate the new year.  Come to  enjoy an entertaining evening with family and friends. Musical performances by sanshin and udui (dance) students will be our featured entertainment.  A dinner bento will be available for purchase.  You may also get lucky and win a door prize!   Please register to reserve a seat and select your dinner choice: 


Every attendee must purchase a ticket for admission entry and bento dinner. Confirmation of reservation will be acknowledged upon receipt of payment.

Updates on online programs and classes for December 2022 and January 2023

Gusuyoo chuu wuganabira,

On behalf of our Ukwanshin Kabudan shinkaa (circle of friends), I would like to thank all of you for supporting our classes and programs. This has been an interesting year as we slowly started easing our way back to in-person engagements. A special thank you to Jikoen Hongwanji for continuing to provide a space for us to gather. We hope to have even more opportunities next year to be physically together while maintaining our online platform as well.

In anticipation of a busy holiday season for everyone, we’ve decided to take an early break this year. Here is our upcoming online programming schedule (also see December calendar):

  • no Umanchu Suruti presentation for December or January (resume 2/6/2023)
  • no Shima Kutuba class for December (resume 1/9/2023) 
  • last Ufubushi classical uta-sanshin class with Keith-shinshii will be 12/6/2022 (resume 1/3/2023)
  • last Fa-uta folk uta-sanshin class will be 12/7/2022 (resume 1/4/2023)
  • no Beginners’ uta-sanshin class on 12/14/2022 (discontinue in 2023 – see below)
  • last Jiutee dance music uta-sanshin class will be 12/14/2022 (resume 1/11/2023)

We will continue our regular monthly schedule in 2023 with one exception. The monthly beginning foundations uta-sanshin class (2nd Wednesdays, 7:30-8:00pm) will be discontinued. We will instead offer periodic Uta-sanshin Gateway courses which are week-long intensive classes for beginners. Please be on the lookout for announcements on these courses.

We are also excited to announce plans for the first time in 2 years, in-person Sougwachi Uyuyee (lunar New Year celebration) in January and Loochoo Identity Summit in March. Also, we are looking forward to resuming the annual Gakumun Tour to Okinawa in the fall. Please stay tuned for more details as we roll them out.

Please continue to stay safe and take care of each other this holiday season. We look forward to seeing you all soon. Ippee nifee deebitan.

Let’s Speak Uchinaaguchi!

Monday, Nov. 14, 2022, 7 pm (Hawaii time)
Contact us for the Zoom link

Please join us Monday, November 14 on Zoom for our monthly Shimakutuba session with Brandon-shiinshii.  Hope you are finding occasions to say/use the words and phrases that you have learned from these sessions in your daily activities.  Please note that this month’s session will be the last for 2022.  Classes will resume in 2023.

Anshee ya!  (See you!)