When Frances Nakachi moved to Hawai‘i from Okinawa in 1986, she said she found herself feeling at home in the Okinawan community. Everyone seemed like ‘ohana, or as they say in Okinawa, Ichariba chödë — “Once we meet, we are family.”
So she took her passion for Okinawan dance and created a school that celebrates and fosters the unity of family and spirit of community. This year, that school, Tamagusuku Ryu Senju Kai Frances Nakachi Ryubu Dojo, is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a dance program titled “Kariyushi Kariyushi,” meaning “Joy and Gratitude,” on Sunday, May 21, at the Hawaii Okinawa Center (94-587 Uke‘e St.) in Waipahu. The performance will begin at 3 p.m. (doors open at 2:30 p.m.).