Camp Warabi 2019 – Cultural Summer Program for Children

Shiisaa art by Flor Kaneshiro


A fun, immersive summer program for 4th – 8th graders
to learn about Okinawan culture, history, identity!

July 8 – 12, 2019 (Monday – Friday)
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

OAA Center, Yamauchi Building

EXTENDED Early-Bird Fee (by June 14, 2019):
$200 member • $235 non-member

Includes daily lunches, snacks, and drinks; camper t-shirts; and workshop materials

Please download the registration form, print it out, and mail it to:
OAA, 16500 S. Western Ave. #203, Gardena, CA 90247

Want to be a counselor/youth leader? Click here to find out more

Camp Warabi is a five-day summer program for 4th – 8th graders to learn about Okinawan culture, arts, and identity. College-age counselors will be selected and trained to lead campers as each day will be filled with fun learning and connecting with one’s Okinawan roots.


  • Immersive learning – The best way to learn about culture is to be immersed in it! From traditional music to folk crafts, campers will have the chance to learn about Okinawa through hands-on workshops, lessons, and games. (Activities subject to change)
    • Eisaa (traditional drum-dancing) lesson and practices
    • Sanshin (traditional 3-stringed instrument) basics and lesson
    • Simple words/phrases in the endangered Okinawan language
    • Okinawan and Okinawa-inspired arts and crafts
    • Youth-focused presentation about WWII’s Battle of Okinawa
  • Fellowship – Ichariba choodee (once we meet, we’re family)! Campers will have the chance to learn about each other and to develop their teamwork skills through engaging activities.
  • Reflection – It’s difficult to find peace and quiet in today’s fast-paced, technology-driven world. The program will schedule daily sustained silent writing for campers to think about and expand on what they learned.
  • Okinawan values and beliefs – With each activity, the program will explore the values and beliefs that are embedded in Okinawan culture: “ichariba choodee” (once we meet, we’re family), “yuimaaruu” (helping each other in the community), “nuchi du takara” (life is a treasure).

Our Goals

  • To create friendships – This program will provide the opportunity for campers to connect with fellow Okinawans outside of their school and family circles.
  • To nurture creativity and teamwork – Culture comes alive! We hope that the program’s activities will inspire campers to be creative and work together.
  • To encourage critical thinking and empathy – Okinawan culture and history will be connected to deeper topics such as ancestry, nature, and values. Additionally, presentations about community, peace, and immigration aim to explore interconnectedness.
  • To strengthen identity – We hope that exploring Okinawan culture will strengthen the camper’s pride in their Okinawan roots and motivate them to learn more.


Seeking Counselors

Let’s have fun with Okinawan culture and strengthen the foundation of the next generation! Stipends will be given to qualified candidates.


Please contact the OAA office to apply:, (310) 532-1929


  • College student (undergrad preferred)
  • Leadership and team-building skills
  • Positive attitude and demeanor
  • Prior experience working with children preferred but not required (e.g., camp counselor, mentor, coach, teacher’s assistant, etc.)
  • Some knowledge of Okinawan culture and history is a plus


  • Assist with preparing and presenting scheduled activities (games, presentations, performances, possible field trip)
  • Interact with and encourage participants (middle school age)
  • Supervise activities as instructed by senior counselor
  • Helping to provide a positive and safe learning environment


  • Must be able to work during the week of the program, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Must attend orientation and training (two or three sessions at the OAA Center in Gardena, CA)
  • Must provide one letter of recommendation from an instructor or counselor


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