AboutOkinawa Association of America, Inc.

Okinawa Association of America, Inc.

Activity base
North America(United States of America/State of California)
Okinawa Association of America, Inc. About
ChairpersonEdward Kamiya
Organization Overview・Current President: Edward Kamiya (as of 2017); Term of office: 2 years.
・15 committees including Women's Association, Activities Committee and Cultural Committee
・In 1906, Okinawan immigrants from San Francisco moved to Los Angeles, where about 30 Okinawans had been settled via Mexico, and united to form the Nanka Okinawa Kenjinkai, our organization's predecessor.
・Returning from the camps after the war, the Okinawans in Los Angeles started not only rebuilding their own livelihood but also organizing the relief efforts for war-damaged Okinawa. From 1945 to about 1953, the organization's activities were almost entirely devoted to helping rebuild Okinawa with our Issei members appealed to the Okinawans in other cities and organized collection and shipping of materials and money to the homeland.
・In 1994, the organization adopted the name of Okinawa Association of America (OAA) became nonprofit organization.
・In 1999, we celebrated our 90th Anniversary and also purchased a 2-story, 10,000 sq. ft. building in Gardena as our new corporate and activity center.
・In 2009, we celebrated our 100th Anniversary.
Related Org.Yes, Various organizations
Okinawa Association of America, Inc. Activity contents
Description・OAA Picnic: A tradition starting from 1930, the event attracts 500 members and non-members. High school scholarship are awarded during the event with Okinawan style Bon dance, live entertainment, games/races, and raffle drawings.
・Annual Okinawa Bazaar: Starting out as a tiny gathering of members has grown into an intergenerational cultural event with hundreds of families attending for an afternoon of tasty food and entertainment.
・Utayabira Wuduyabira: Held every 2 years in May, OAA Geino-bu organizes this event that features local performing groups captivating the audience with traditional dance and music.
Own scholarship programYes.
Scholarship for Graduating High School Students, Okinawa Prefectural Government Scholarships
Exchange with other regionYes.
Junior Study Program, Niseta Tour to Brazil, Okinawa Cultural Lecture & Performance by Hawaii United Okinawa Association's Ukwanshin Kabudan.
Other Okinawa related matters・Enrolled in AmazonSmile and Ralphs program that will donate to OAA a portion of a member's purchase.
・Raise funds by asking members to donate used goods for OAA to collect and sell. All of these funds will be used to support OAA activities and for the maintenance of their Center.

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