The Hawaii United Okinawa Association presented its “Legacy Award” to five individuals for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the Okinawan community. The luncheon program was held Nov. 12 in the Coral Ballroom of the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Honored were: Gov. David Ige, Hawai‘i’s first governor of Okinawan ancestry; Military Intelligence Service veterans Shinye Gima and Herbert Yanamura, both of whom served in Okinawa during the Battle of Okinawa; ‘ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro and Sun Noodle founder Hidehito Uki.

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