The Hawaii United Okinawa Association will honor eight people for their contributions to the Okinawan and larger local and global community at its 2019 Legacy Awards luncheon on Saturday, Nov. 2, in the Coral Ballroom of the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

The HUOA will honor four individuals from Hawai‘i and four from Okinawa. Honorees from Hawai‘i are Arthur and the late Lorraine Kaneshiro for establishing the “With Love From Lorraine” cultural grant; George Tamashiro, visionary behind the Hawaii Okinawa Plaza and an HUOA past president; and restaurateur and award-winning chef Roy Yamaguchi.

Honorees from Okinawa are Asami Ginoza, HOP fundraising chair; Akira Makiya, Okinawa Hawaii Kyokai past president and HOP fundraising committee president; Zenki Nakazato, former vice governor of Okinawa, who was influential in the HOP fundraising effort; and Choko Takayama, Okinawa Hawaii Kyokai’s immediate past president and former East-West Center grantee. Attendees may congratulate the honorees in the foyer area beginning at 9 a.m.

The silent auction will begin at 9 a.m. in the foyer. Ballroom doors will open at 10 a.m. and the program will begin at 10:15 a.m.

Individual seats are $125 per person; Silver tables (10 seats per table), $1,750; Gold tables, $3,000; Platinum tables, $5,000; and Diamond tables, $10,000. For more information or to purchase tickets online by credit card, visit the HUOA website at Email questions to, or call 676-5400.


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