The object of this game was to grab the bag of snacks with your teeth — no hands allowed. (Photos courtesy Colin Sewake)

My Hawaii – Family Fun and Games in Nagahama

The Nagahama Kumin Undökai Brings a Community Together Colin Sewake Hawai‘i Herald Columnist “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 The 46th annual Nagahama....
Photo of a fallen tree on cars and a nearby house/building caused by typhoon Trami

My Hawaii – Tracking the Typhoon Trami

MY HAWAII By Colin Sewake On Saturday morning, Sept. 29, I woke up at about 5:30 to pretty strong winds outside. The lights in the kitchen and the digital clocks were flickering. I turned on my laptop and went online to check the Kadena Air Base Facebook page and learned that the U.S. military bases....
Gushikawa Memorial Park is an established cemetery that makes visiting departed loved one safe and easy. (Photos by Colin Sewake)

My Hawaii – When the Time Comes

SHI-MI Location: Gushikawa Memorial Park, April 2017 The Obon season concluded while I was in Hawai‘i, volunteering with the Okinawa Prefectural Library staff at the Okinawan Festival. Several Uchinanchu who were in Hawai‘i on work-related projects in late August rushed back to Okinawa by Sept. 3 in order to be home for Obon. Most of....
In 2005, the Nagahama Kariyushi Kai had a party to recognize Toma-san and myself for our promotions — Toma-san to Lieutenant in the Okinawa Police Force, and myself to Major in the Air Force Reserves.

My Hawaii – Recalling Milestones

MY HAWAII BY Colin Sewake Colin Sewake Hawai‘i Herald Columnist HAPPY 18TH ANNIVERSARY AND SLAB PARTY Location: Nagahama, Yomitan, May 3, 2017 Happy 18th Anniversary to Keiko and me! No, it’s not our wedding anniversary — we were married Aug. 8, 1996, and celebrated 20 years last year. May 3, 1999, was the day we....
FM Yomitan announcer Miyuki Higa and guest Colin Sewake flash shakas during their broadcast.

My Hawaii – My Family Today

MY HAWAII BY Colin Sewake VISITING AUNTY FUKUE Location: 3-36-2 Iso, Urasoe-shi, Nov. 22, 2017 On my way to work, I stopped by Takayesu Soba, located behind Urasoe General Hospital in the Iso area of Urasoe City. A while back, I told you the story of how a few of us, myself included, helped Takayesu....
This tree at U.S. Army Garrison Okinawa in Sobe, Yomitan, also known as Torii Station, fell victim to Typhoon Saola in late October. Torii Station is the main Army installation in Okinawa. (Photo by Colin Sewake)

My Hawaii – Typhoon Tales

TYPHOON REPORT LOCATION: Okinawa, Oct. 28, 2017 Just thought I’d give everyone an Aloha Saturday morning typhoon report from Okinawa. Yes, it’s windy and rainy here, as we are being hit by a small typhoon. The Japanese system has labeled it Typhoon #22, but the Joint Typhoon Warning Center labeled it Tropical Storm #27 and....
The Yuibuyou Yomitan Group Ashibi members practice their shaka after dance practice. Okinawa-Hawaii Kyoukai member Masaji Matsuda is kneeling in the first row, far right. (Photos by Colin Sewake)

My Hawaii – Yomitan Dancers Gear Up for Okinawan Festival

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 LET’S DANCE! Last month, my good friend and fellow Okinawa-Hawaii Kyoukai member....
Colin’s big purchase of the day: Ichigo daifuku that cost ¥280 ($2.60).

My Hawaii – Celebrating the Holidays in Okinawa

Colin Sewake Hawai‘i Herald Columnist “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 ’TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS IN NAGAHAMA, YOMITAN Every year, I look....
Columnist Colin Sewake for "My Hawaii"

My Hawaii – Happy “Barkday”, Hana!

MY HAWAII BY Colin Sewake This past February, our family bid our dog Hana a “Happy Fourth Barkday!” With this year being the “Year of the Dog” according to the Chinese calendar, I thought I’d tell you about our family’s experiences with man’s best friend in Okinawa. Since moving to Yomitan, we’ve taken care of....
Akisamiyo! Stuck in the gutter. (Photos by Colin Sewake)

My Hawaii – Slices of Life in Okinawa

MY HAWAII By Colin Sewake IN THE GUTTER Location: Nagahama, Yomitan; January 2019 No, I’m not referring to my bowling ball, but rather to my Nissan Serena minivan.I left home to pick up my son Yoshiaki (“Aki”) from Yomitan High School and then take him to his juku (cram school) in Okinawa-shi (Okinawa City). For....

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