A full day, starting with a visit to the Okinawa Prefectural Museum to see the Uchima Family Lineage volume, donated to the UH Library by the Uchima family, and just restored by the Okinawa Prefectural Museum in a collaborative project. The book will be displayed this week for the Festival, then Japan Librarian Tokiko Bazzell will bring it back to UH. The Hawaiʽi Protocol Team (Keawe Lopes, Kaʽiulani Kanehailua, and Kekai Avilez) perform an oli and hula noho (seated hula) to express our gratitude to the Museum for helping Hawaiʽi recover a piece of its history, and Tokiko Bazzell presented the Deputy Museum Director with a Hawaiian quilt. The delegation then toured the museum and met with Mr. Takumi Toma, who did the book restoration work.
The UH delegation then toured Shuri Castle, guided by Dr. Mamoru Akamine, Professor of Chinese and Ryukyuan history at the University of the Ryukyus. They then joined the members of the Hawaii United Okinawa Association, our sponsors for our participation in the Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival, and paraded down Kokusai-dori with hundred of other Okinawans from around the world. Hawai’i Governor Neil Abercrombie and UH President MRC Greenwood led the Hawai’i delegation.
In the evening, the UH delegation attended a reception hosted by Okinawa Governor Nakaima.