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2017 OAA Members Picnic, Scholarship Awards, Okinawan Bon Dance

Artwork by Teak Oliver

Okinawa Association of America’s Annual Members Picnic
Sunday, July 16 • 11AM ~ 4PM (opens @ 10) • Whittier Narrows Park

750 Santa Anita Avenue, Area E-1, South El Monte • On-site parking fee: $6

(Non-members are also encouraged to attend the event and apply for membership)

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PICNIC:
REASONS TO ATTEND & TIPS
SPONSORS
ENTERTAINMENT & ACTIVITIES
RAFFLE PRIZES
BENTO LUNCHES
BON DANCING
YOUTH ART CONTEST

Volunteers needed on July 15th and 16th. Click here to see the volunteer schedule and contact us to sign up: 310-532-1929, oaamensore@gmail.com

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Okinawa Cultural Festival (Formerly OAA Bazaar)

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On Sunday, September 25th from 11AM-4PM, the Okinawa Association of America is hosting its annual Okinawa Cultural Festival (previously known as Bazaar) to raise money and celebrate the rich and unique culture of our community. As always, there will be plenty of food and entertainment, showcasing both traditional and modern elements of Okinawan culture! The OAA Okinawa Cultural Festival will be held at the OAA Center,  16500 South Western Avenue, Gardena, CA 90247.

FOOD

  • Andagi – Okinawan donuts
  • Ashitibichi* – Pig’s feet soup
  • Beniimo Ice Cream* – Okinawa purple sweet potato
  • Fu Chanpuru* – Okinawan stir fry with egg flatbread
  • Nantu – Okinawan mochi
  • Okinawa Manju – Sweet mochi cake
  • Okinawan Soba – similar to Udon/Ramen
  • Rafute Donburi* – Slow cooked pork belly
  • Snow Cones
  • Spam Musubi
  • Teriyaki Chicken & Beef Bento
  • Taco Rice* – Ground beef on rice, toppings

*Food items in limited supply

ENTERTAINMENT
Listed alphabetically, not by performance time

ACTIVITIES AND SHOPPING

  • Raffle – $300 grand prize! raffle-ticket-form (PDF)
  • Instagram Contest – $50 prize
  • Children’s games, arts & crafts, puppet making
  • Merchandise from Okinawa
  • T-Shirts, Tote Bags, Mugs – original designs
  • Fresh Plants and produce
  • Rummage sale
  • Bake Sale

**NEW** INSTAGRAM CONTEST – WIN $50 CASH!
All our volunteers worked very hard to create the maasan (delicious) food at the bazaar. Show them some love and share your favorites on Instagram!

  1. Follow @oaamensore on Instagram
  2. During the festival on Sunday, September 25,2016, post a food selfie (a photo of yourself and a tasty Okinawan dish) to Instagram using the hashtag #OkinawaFestLA

All entries must be posted by 3:00pm onSunday, September 25,2016. Any picture posted after 3:00pm will no be eligible for the contest. Submissions will be judged by quality and who looks like they’re enjoying it the most. The winner will receive a $50 cash prize! Winners will be announced on Instagram.

Per Instagram rules, we must mention this is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm they release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s term of use.

OAA Picnic Entertainment Schedule

13331157_10154149233680610_7176241762778589143_nThe annual OAA picnic is coming up on Sunday, July 17, at Whittier Narrows Recreation Group Picnic Area #E-1. The picnic open at 10AM; program begins at 10:45 AM. Below is the general lineup of the full entertainment schedule for the picnic.

NOTE: Schedule is subject to change

  • 10:45
    • President’s Welcome
    • VIP Welcome
    • Rajio Taiso- Radio Exercise warm-up for all!
  • 11AM – 12PM
    • Puniwai Hula Halau
    • Blaise and Phoenix Baker – ukelele
    • Ai Teshima – solo tahitian
    • Toyomu Kai – Ryukyu dance
    • Martial Arts Committee
    • Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko
    • Toyomu Kai – Ryukyu dance
    • Na Wahine ‘O Kawena Hula Halau
  • 12PM – 1PM
    • Shosetsu Kai – Ryukyu dance
    • DJ Neal – karaoke
    • Scholarship Awards
    • Kids Games (Round 1)
  • 1PM – 2 PM
    • Aikoh Kai – Okinawa minyo music
    • Raffle Drawing
    • Kids Art Contest Winners announced
    • Shosetsu Kai – Ryukyu dance
    • Kalyn Aolani Oshiro – ukelele
    • Kids Games (Round 2)
  • 2PM – 3PM
    • Logan Brothers – contemporary music
    • Raffle Drawings
    • Special overseas guests: Nema Mamoru & Motomura Atsuko – Uta-sanshin
  • 3PM – 4PM
    • Bon dancing
    • Tug O’ War- Tsunahiki
    • Raffle: Grand Prize

Check out our Facebook page for more details of the picnic. For more information, see 2016 Picnic Flyer Inserts.

Hope to see you there!

2016 New Year’s Party

Okinawa Association of America’s Annual New Year’s Party
Sunday, January 17 • 11AM ~ 3:30PM • Quiet Cannon @ Montebello Golf Course

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

Click on a link below to learn more:
ABOUT | ENTERTAINMENT | RAFFLE PRIZES
LUNCHEON | MERCHANDISE | TICKET INFORMATION
VOLUNTEER | DONATE

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2015 OAA Bazaar/Fundraiser

Artwork by Richard Yamashiro

Okinawa Association of America’s Annual Bazaar/Fundraiser
Sunday, October 4 • 11AM ~ 4PM • OAA Center

16500 South Western Avenue, Gardena 90247
Facebook Event Page

Click on a link below to learn more:
ABOUT | ENTERTAINMENT | RAFFLE PRIZES
FOOD BOOTHS | SHOPPING | KIDS ACTIVITIES
VOLUNTEER | DONATE | COUPONS

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2015 OAA Picnic • Scholarship Awards • Okinawa Bon Dance

Artwork by Richard Yamashiro

Artwork by Richard Yamashiro, text by Joseph Kamiya

Okinawa Association of America’s Annual Picnic
Sunday, July 12 • 11AM ~ 4PM • Whittier Narrows Park

750 Santa Anita Avenue, Area E-1, South El Monte

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PICNIC:
ABOUT | ENTERTAINMENT | RAFFLE PRIZES
BENTO LUNCHES | BON DANCING | ART CONTEST

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Battle of Okinawa: Lecture, Performance, and Sharing

2015 Irei no Hi TEASER FLYER 1 Medium

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