MY HAWAII BY Colin Sewake

“Okinawa is such a beautiful place, not just the ocean and scenery and culture, but the people. I’ve been treated well and taken care of by many people here in what has become ‘My Hawai‘i.’” — Colin Sewake


Location: Yomitan; February 2018

For about a year now, several of us have been helping to plan the Hawai‘i-Okinawa Goodwill Softball — HOGS — tournament, which will be held in Okinawa next month. The idea for a tournament surfaced during the Sixth Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival in October 2016 when several senior league members from Hawai‘i played against teams from Itoman. They wanted to continue the friendship-building here, so they scheduled three days of games against teams from Okinawa-Shi (City), Chatan, Yomitan and Nakagusuku. The visitors will also be doing some sightseeing while in Okinawa.

HOGS member Gary Yamaguchi was here in Okinawa last month for work, so fellow Okinawa-Hawaii Kyoukai member Masaji Matsuda and I met up with him in his free time to go over details for their visit to Yomitan on March 9.

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