Committee is committed to preserving and documenting the
history and legacy of the Okinawa Association of America Inc.
and its members. The Committee also helps to expand the OAA
and it's outreach efforts to preserve and promote Okinawan
of the “HISTORY OF THE OKINAWANS IN NORTH AMERICA” in
1980. The History Committee began compiling this 600 pages
volume on the Okinawan Community in 1968. The late Shingi
Nakamura chaired the History Committee until 1978 and
subsequently the committee was co-chaired by the late
Shinsei Kouchi, the late Shigemori Tamaki, and Tsugio
Miyashiro with the late Takashi Higa as secretary for the
Japanese language version. Ben Kobashigawa, a professor at
San Francisco State University, translated the book into
Available for purchase at: Okinawa Association of America
Inc. Center, 16500 South Western Avenue, Suite #203,
Gardena, CA 90247.
Purchasing of the Okinawa Association of America’s new
building in Gardena in 1999, with its establishment as a
corporate and activity center. This is the most
important accomplishment in the history of the Okinawa
Association of America. After celebrating the one-year
anniversary of the building purchase in August, 2000,
two adjacent buildings were purchased. Please join us in
our fundraising pledge drive in the near future! (Please
see more details about our new buildings in the Building
of the Okinawa Association of America website. With this
new information technology, members and viewers can find
out about the Okinawa Association of America’s history,
information about the different committees, Board of
Directors, Officers, Chairpersons, Calendar of Events,
Okinawans across the U.S. and around the world.
Original Okinawa Association of America Website
Sadao Tome: Director, Initiated Leader
Ryan Yokota: Designer, Manager, and Operator for the
Vicky Oshiro: Procured the Website Name
Jeff and Helene Shimane: Layout
Allyson Nakamoto: Coordinator
Special Thanks to the Little Tokyo Service Center for
Website Editors are mostly the Committee Chairpersons.
Dr. Shingi Kuniyoshi and Mrs. Aiko Tokunaga especially
contributed in the editing.
Interviews have begun for Okinawan Americans who were
born in Hawaii and those born in Latin America who
immigrated to the U.S.