SPOTLIGHT By Karleen C. Chinen
Karleen C. Chinen
The Hawaii United Okinawa Association presented five individuals with its “Legacy Award” on Dec. 4 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom. Over 400 people attended the event, which featured a silent auction as well as special entertainment honoring the five honorees. HUOA president Tom Yamamoto described the honorees as “five remarkable individuals.”
Honored were: retired public school educator and World War II Military Intelligence Service veteran Dr. Yoshinobu Oshiro; entertainment entrepreneur Roy Tokujo; Hui Makaala founder and Democratic Party leader, the late Tokuichi “Dynamite” Shishido; fine artist Seikichi “Chick” Takara and Living National Treasure of Japan in Afuso Ryu sanshin, Terukina Choichi-Sensei from Okinawa. The 2016 program marked the first time a recipient from Okinawa was selected for the award.