Dancing for Royalty The Ukwanshin Kabudan is commited to shairng the Okinawa culture through all aspects of music and dance, while linking to the history . This helps to provide a better understanding of our heritage and appreciate more clearly, the classical music and dances that have survived the centuries, famine, war, and persecution. We have found much hunger for this, especially in Maui Island, and the Okinawan Community there. In March, we plan to bring the show LooChoo nu Kwa, Children of Loochoo, to the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. In taking our shows and workshops to share, we have also found some stumbling blocks which have revealed to us that there are Okinawan descendants who would like to receive only the surface of their culture, and forget about parts of history and ceremony which are connected. We do not promote nor recruit conversions to Okinawan religion, or politics. The dances and music have played an integral part in the lives of the people, even our 1st generation immigrants. It was interesting to find that a few influential members of the Maui Kenjin Kai, have opposed our program and a few main reasons were that we present religious and political issues which may offend members. For these few to make a decision such as this, only hurts and deprives the majority of the community of their culture. Our culture is not just andagi and kachashi. Like any show, the audience is left up to how much content they want to take in and understand. We present what our ancestors have handed down to us, and also present it in story form to make the music and dance easier to understand and enjoy. The story deals with reality. A 4th generation grandson returns home for his grandmother’s funeral, only to realize how much he’s missed and doesn’t really understand. Memories return, and he sees that there was so much to learn. If we don’t remember what our ancestors have passed down, and which are connected to the music and dance, we would be denying their very existance.Challenges make us try even harder. We look forward to present to Maui the story of LooChoo nu Kwa. Everyone who comes to this show will see something they can relate to, and hopefully bring back some good memories. In almost all study of cultural arts, history, religion and politics are virtually unavoidable. Events in the lives of people are what brings the best creations.