Ukwanshin Kabudan Fundraiser & ‘Chiburu’ book signing

Here’s a special chance for you to meet the leaders of Ukwanshin Kabudan, Eric Wada, Norman Kaneshiro and Brandon Ing, this coming Saturday, June 17 from 2-3pm.  They will  be ‘live and in-person’ at Barnes & Noble in Ala Moana Shopping Center   As contributors to the Chiburu anthology, they will be signing the book along with editor Lee Tonouchi.  Selected purchases during the full day may also contribute to a fundraiser for Ukwanshin.  For more detailed information, please see the flyer below. Also, take a look at this amusing promotional video created by multi-talented Brandon Ing. ‘So cute, you know.’  [click on this link:

Kajitui – Pulling Forward

Ukwanshin Kabudan is pleased to announce that our upcoming 9th annual Loochoo Identity Summit will be held on March 17, 18, and 19th and returning to Windward Community College in beautiful Kaneohe.

The theme for this year’s Summit is Kajitui: Pulling Forward.

Ukwanshin Kabudan is an independent non-profit 501(c)3 organization based in Honolulu, Hawaii. It was founded to engage in educational and cultural activities to promote and perpetuate Ryukyu/Okinawan culture, art, history, and language.

Sacred Bones – Bringing Our Ancestors Home

A coalition of local concerned organizations will be hosting two important community forums to inform the public of efforts to return ancestral remains to their homeland. Experts in the field of repatriation will present their findings and discuss prospects to recover our cherished ‘sacred bones.’ Both of these events are free and open to the public. Please join us.

Friday, February 24 from 3:30 – 5:30 pm at Hālau o Haumea, Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, UH Manoa. Please see attached flyer for details.

Sunday, February 26 from 12 noon – 3:00 pm at Jikoen Hongwanji, 2nd floor – wheelchair lift available. Please see attached flyer for details.


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.