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Hawaii Okinawa Today’s new episodes premiere on the first and third Saturdays of the month at 7 p.m. and repeat the following Thursdays at 5 p.m. on ‘Olelo Community Media Channels. HOT and Hawaii Okinawa Special shows are also additionally aired on ‘Olelo to fill in open time slots at other times. Programs are subject to change without notice. For updated information and streaming on-demand programming visit 

“Hawai‘i Okinawa Today Holiday Special 2021,” Saturday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m.; repeats on Thursday, Dec 23 at 5 p.m.  

A HOT holiday special featuring a flashback of select favorite performances through the years. 

The Hawaii United Okinawa Association YouTube channel was initiated in January 2020 to help keep Hawai‘i’s Okinawan community connected through the COVID pandemic lockdown. But due to its success and ability to reach Okinawan communities beyond the shores of the 808 state, the HUOA YouTube programming is flourishing and here to stay! Here is the line up for November:

“Yuntaku Live! Pigs From the Sea,” Sunday, Dec. 19, at 8 p.m.; repeats on Friday, Dec. 24 at 10 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 25 at 8 a.m.; and Wednesday, Dec. 29 at 4:30 p.m. 

Livestreamed on Tuesday, May 25 this year, Hawaii United Okinawa Association members David Jones and Jon Itomura hosted this episode featuring a topic that dates back 74 years ago. HUOA members and contributors Shari Tamashiro and Dan Nakasone guest stars in this episode to share how the story “Pigs from the Sea” came about.

In 1948, the Hawai‘i Okinawan community rallied together to help the people of Okinawa after the devastation of World War II. Okinawan government records indicated that the pig population dropped from more than 100,000 pigs before the war to a little under 800 afterward. To help their friends and family members back home, Okinawans in Hawai‘i helped raise over $50,000 (which today would be worth half a million dollars) and sent over 550 pigs from Omaha, Nebraska on the USS John Owen. Seven men were tasked with taking care of the pigs aboard and one month later guaranteed their arrival in Okinawa. The pigs were distributed across the islands and the story still lingers today; how local Okinawans from Hawai‘i helped save residents of Okinawa through their life-changing gift of aloha. 

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