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Webinar: 120th Anniversary of Okinawan Immigration to Hawai'i

by Sachiko Iwabuchi 岩渕祥子 on 2020-08-24T14:00:00-10:00 | Comments

120th Anniversary of Okinawa Immigration Webinar Title

In commemoration of the 120th Anniversary of Okinawan Immigration, the Hawaiʻi United Okinawa Association is proud to partner with the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa Center for Okinawan Studies to present an educational symposium webinar about Okinawan immigration.  

The first group of Okinawan migrants left Okinawa in 1899, and arrived in Hawaiʻi in 1900.  But the socio-political-economic forces that led to immigration began decades earlier.  Learn about the conditions that led to immigration to Hawaiʻi and beyond.

The webinar covers Toyama Kyūzō's role and accomplishments as the "Father of Okinawan Immigration"; stories about the first two groups that came to Hawaiʻi (1900 and 1903); subsequent changes of Okinawan community in Hawaiʻi; and the expansion of Okinawan immigration to South America and the Pacific.

Webinar Information with the image of Toyama Kyuzo


  • Date & Time: Friday, September 4, 2020 - 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm (Hawaiʻi Standard Time)
  • Free to participate; registration is required




Masato Ishida, PhD
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Masafumi Honda, PhD
University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo

Special Guest Lecturer
Munehiro Machida, former Director of the Center for Okinawa Migration Studies, University of the Ryukyus

Wesley Ueunten, PhD
San Francisco State University
Takahiro Nakajima, PhD
University of Tokyo

Presentations will be made in English and Japanese (English subtitled).

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