Historic lecture opens Okinawan Festival tonight

The Kaua’i Historical Society is joining the Okinawan community in celebrating

the 100 year anniversary of Okinawans in Hawai’i.

The Society will sponsor

a history lecture on Thursday, May 18, at the Kaua’i War Memorial Convention

Hall at 7 p.m. The Kaua’i Okinawan Festival is May 19 and 20, at the Kukui

Grove Pavilion.

Wesley Ueunten will discuss the cultural ties between

Okinawa and Kaua’i.

His lecture will cover a brief history of Okinawana,

the condition is Okinawa during the immigration period of 1900-1924, labor

conditions, and the sister city relationship with Kauai and Ishigaki, Okinawa.

An added highlight at the evenings lecture, will be the Ueunten family

demonstrating Okinawan music and dance.

Ueunten was born on Kaua’i,

attended Kalaheo School and graduated from Mid Pacific Institute in 1978 and

the University of Hawai’i in 1983. He then studied in Okinawa for two years and

in Tokyo receiving a MA. in Sociology. Ueunten has been active in the Okinawan

community in Hawaii, Tokyo and Northern California. He now resides in Northern

California with his wife, who is from Ishigaki and their two daughters.

The lecture is free and all are welcome. Call KHS at 245-3373 for more

information.

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