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....
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....
Hiroko Matayoshi working on a hanaui project. (Photos by Colin Sewake)

My Hawaii – Yomitan Weavers Planning Hawaii Demo

MY HAWAII BY Colin Sewake VISITING YOMITAN HANAUI Location: Takashiho, Yomitan; July 16, 2018 This morning, fellow Okinawa-Hawaii Kyou-kai member Masaji Matsuda asked if I could come over to Yomitan Hanaui’s Namihira studio, which, actually, is located in Takashiho. He wanted to introduce me to some ladies who weave traditional Okinawan textiles. Yomitan Hanaui’s main....
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....
Columnist Colin Sewake for "My Hawaii"

My Hawaii – More Than Half

MY HAWAII BY Colin Sewake Columnist’s 46th Birthday Sparks a Reality Check “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 I don’t know why it is,....
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....
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....

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