Hawaii Okinawa Plaza to Serve as Revenue Stream for the Hawaii United Okinawa Association

Gregg K. Kakesako
Special to The Hawai‘i Herald

The Hawaii United Okinawa Association is honoring its rich cultural heritage by ensuring that the organization will have a steady revenue stream to help keep Okinawan culture alive for generations to come. Their vehicle for doing that is the newly completed Hawaii Okinawa Plaza, a $6.7-million retail and office building at the corner of Ka ‘Uka Boulevard and Uke‘e Street, directly across the street from the Hawaii Okinawa Center in the Waipi‘o Gentry area of Waipahu.

The Hawaii Okinawa Plaza was formally blessed and opened on the Labor Day holiday, Sept. 3, with some 400 guests from Okinawa — many of whom had donated to the project — and local Uchinanchu in attendance. It marked the climax of a weekend spent celebrating Okinawan culture, Hawai‘i style, at the 36th Okinawan Festival at the Hawai‘i Convention Center.

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