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....
A sampling of kotsutsubo jars that were once used to preserve the bones of deceased ancestors. Nowadays, the bodies of the deceased are cremated.

My Hawaii – A Visit to Yuntanza Museum

MY HAWAII By Colin Sewake I took a friend to the new Yuntanza Museum a week after it opened. The opening ceremony was held June 22 and the museum officially opened to the public the next day. General admission is ¥500 and only ¥200 for village residents. I had an annual passport made without any....
Columnist Colin Sewake for "My Hawaii"

My Hawaii – Sakura Viewing . . . Okinawa Style

MY HAWAII BY Colin Sewake DAYTIME SAKURA VIEWING ON MT. YAEDAKE Location: Motobu-cho, Feb. 7, 2018 When I think of symbols that represent Japan, three images come to mind: Mt. Fuji and Hello Kitty and sakura cherry blossoms. Fortunately for me, I’m able to enjoy these beautiful flowers in bloom every winter season, even while....
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....
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....
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....
Sisters Keiko (right) and Yasuko get ready to devour their soba. (Photos by Colin Sewake)

My Hawaii – Connecting Through Food

TAKAYESU SOBA LOCATION: Urasoe, January 2017 Keiko’s older sister Yasuko is married to a rice farmer and they live in Hokkaidö, the northernmost prefecture of Japan. She flies home to Okinawa, the southernmost prefecture of Japan, every January to visit the family. During Yasuko’s visit earlier this year, we picked her up from Naha Airport....
Columnist Colin Sewake for "My Hawaii"

My Hawaii – Awaiting Softball Visitors, and Thanks Jimmy!

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 HAWAI‘I-OKINAWA SOFTBALL TOURNEY PREPS Location: Yomitan; February 2018 For about a year....
A gathering of friends at the Hotel Sun Palace Kyuyoukan: (from left) Regina Yoshimori and Tom Yamamoto from Hawai‘i, columnist Colin Sewake and Yoshikazu Matsubara from Tomari Senior High School in Naha.

My Hawaii – Spam Musubi Worth Lining Up For?

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 SPAM MUSUBI-PLUS Location: Domestic Terminal, Naha International Airport; July 2018 What’s known....
Columnist Colin Sewake, his wife Keiko and Malani at the Tökyö Billboard Live club in Roppongi in 2016.

My Hawaii – Memories of Malani

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 The passing of Malani Bilyeu, one of Kalapana’s original members, came as....

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