2018 OAA New Year’s Party

New Year's Party
The New Year’s Party is one of the OAA’s largest annual events, drawing 600+ participants!

Okinawa Association of America’s
Annual New Year’s Party 2018
Sunday, January 21 • 11AM ~ 3:30PM • Quiet Cannon

901 Via San Clemente, Montebello, CA 90640
Facebook Event Page

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Ticket Options
Download the registration form (PDF)
(Reservation REQUIRED by January 15, 2018)

  • $45 Filet Mignon Entrée
  • $40 Vegetarian Entrée (roasted veggie stack with marinara sauce)
  • $30 Student Discount (ages 11-18, copy of student I.D. required)
  • $20 Child’s Lunch (ages 3-10, chicken strips with french fries & fruit)

Welcoming 2018, Okinawa Style

Ring in the Year of the Dog with Uchinaanchu (Okinawan) spirit! The Okinawa Association of America (OAA) will be hosting their annual New Year’s Party on Sunday, January 21st. Held at the beautiful Quiet Cannon banquet hall in Montebello Golf Course, this event is one of the OAA’s largest with over 600 attendees. Registration is required (deadline: January 15th to guarantee a ticket at current pricing).

The $45 ticket includes a filet mignon entrée (vegetarian option available for $40). To encourage more families to attend, there is a discount for students ($30 for ages 11-18; student I.D. required) and a children’s meal ($20 for ages 3-10).

The entertainment program will feature traditional Ryūkyūan music and dance (Majikina Honryu Aigen no Kai and Tamagusuku Ryu Kansenkai), Ryūkyūkoku Matsuri Daiko L.A. Branch, karate demonstrations, and karaoke. This year’s special guests are the VoiceLab Choir, Yuna & Tida (Okinawan folk music duo), and a young dance troupe performing “Dynamic Ryūkyū,” an energetic number that blends traditional elements with modern flare.

Support the OAA by purchasing $2 raffle tickets and try your luck at winning the grand prize: a Kangen Water ionization machine generously donated by Enagic USA, Inc. Other great prizes include round trip airfare to Tokyo donated by Uyehara Travel, $200 travel vouchers donated by IACE Travel, a 43” LG Smart TV donated by the Awakuni Family, and more. Winners do not need to be be present. Tickets may be purchased by contacting the OAA office.

The event will also include a silent auction, a year in review photo slideshow, and community dancing and singing to close out the day.

For more information or to register for the event, please contact the OAA at 310-532-1929 or oaamensore@gmail.com. Registration is required by January 15th (additional $10/person after deadline, if space allows) and seating is assigned on a “first come, first served” basis.

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Performance Line-Up
In order of appearance; subject to change without notice

  • Kaimaku (opening classical music)
    Sanshin: Ryūkyū Minyō Kyōkai Hokubei Shibu, Ryūkyū Koten Ongaku Nomura Ryū Kyō Kai Hokubei Shibu, Ryūkyū Koten Ongaku Nomura Ryū Hozonkai Gushi Atsushi Kenkyūsho, Ryūkyū Koten Afuso Ryū Ongaku Kenkyū Chōichi Kai Los Angeles
    Koto: Ryūkyū Sōkyoku Kōyōkai Los Angeles Branch
    Taiko: Mitsufumi Ryū Taiko Hozonkai Gushi Atsushi Renjo
  • Tamagusuku Ryū Kansenkai Yonamine Keiko Ryūbu Dōjō (traditional Okinawan dance)
  • Uezu Yoko Minyō Kenkyūsho (traditional Okinawan folk music)
  • Shugyokan Dojo (Shōrin-Ryū karate and Okinawan kobudo, head instructor: Prince Loeffler)
  • “Dynamic Ryūkyū” (modern dance performed by Canna Iwasaki, Stephanie Ajifu, Brady Lopez, Kohki Nishioka, Azusa Shinzato)
  • Yuna & Tida (traditional Okinawan folk music)
  • Majikina Honryu Aigen no Kai (traditional Okinawan dance)
  • Nishikawa Atsuko Ryūkyū Minyō Kenkyūsho (traditional Okinawan folk music)
  • VoiceLab Choir (choral group)
  • Tamagusuku Ryū Kansenkai Yonamine Keiko Ryūbu Dōjō (traditional Okinawan dance)
  • DJ Neal (karaoke, Japanese enka music)
  • Ryūkyūkoku Matsuri Daiko Los Angeles Branch (contemporary Okinawan drum-dancing)
  • Kachāshī/atchamē (community dancing)
  • Community singing: “Tinsagu nu Hana” (lyrics will be provided in the program book)

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Raffle tickets are only $2 each and can be purchased at the event or pre-ordered through the office: 310-532-1929, oaamensore@gmail.com

Attendance is not required to win prizes. Winners will be informed by phone or email after the event.

  • GRAND PRIZE: “Kangen” Water Ionization Machine
    1 winner; generously donated by Enagic USA, Inc. (Leveluk R model, $1,980 value)
  • Round Trip Airfare to Japan*
    1 winner; generously donated by Uyehara Travel
  • Two (2) $200 travel vouchers
    1 winner; generously donated by IACE Travel
  • LG 43″ Smart TV with webOS
    1 winner; generously donated by the Awakuni Family (approx. $270 value)
  • More prizes to be announced!

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More great prizes will be available through our on-site silent auction. Please contact the OAA office for more information: 310-532-1929, oaamensore@gmail.com

  • Los Angeles Kings hockey tickets (2)
    Starting bid: TBA, generously donated by Kamiya Insurance Agency
  • Okinawa-themed gift basket
    Starting bid: TBA
  • Vacation package
    Starting bid: TBA
  • Hello Kitty gift basket
    Starting bid: TBA
  • More prizes to be announced!

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If you are interested in giving just a few hours of your time helping at one of the OAA’s largest gatherings of the year, please fill out this online form. (Service hours are available for high school students.)

Volunteers need not work the entire day and we would be grateful if you can spare just a few hours! We are in need of volunteers to help with various tasks:

  • Truck-loading at the OAA Center, Saturday, 1/20, starts at 9AM
  • Truck-unloading and stage set-up at Quiet Cannon, Sunday, 1/21, starts at 8AM
  • Table set-up, reception/merchandise help at Quiet Cannon, starts at 8AM
  • Stage crew help at Quiet Cannon, 10:30AM – 3:30PM
  • Truck-loading after the party at Quiet Cannon around 4PM
  • Truck-unloading at OAA Center, around 4:30PM

A free boxed lunch (sandwich, snack and beverage) will be provided on Sunday, 1/21/18 to volunteers (minimum of 3 work hours) who are not buying the entrée ticket*. We can accommodate people who are buying their luncheon tickets by assigning them to the pre-party morning shift (8-11AM) or the post-party shift (3:30PM-) so they may enjoy the party.

All volunteers who will work at the party must be signed up by Wednesday, 1/17 in order to get the free boxed lunch (if not purchasing the entrée ticket*). A short instructional meeting may be held at the OAA Center, date to be announced.

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