Category Archives: Picnic & Scholarship Awards

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

WHITTIER NARROWS MAP

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OAA Annual Scholarship for Graduating High School Students (Deadline: May 31)

OAA ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE: May 31, 2017

REQUIREMENTS:
• Must be fully or partially of Okinawan descent
• Parents (guardians) or applicant must be OAA member(s)
• Minimum GPA of 3.0
• Must be graduating high school in 2017

The awards will be based primarily on academic accomplishments with due consideration given to extracurricular, community activities, and financial needs. The scholarship awards will be presented at the OAA’s Annual Members’ Picnic at Whittier Narrows Recreation Park on Sunday, July 16, 2017 (date subject to change).

APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE:
Download the OAA HS scholarship application checklist (PDF) and 2017 OAA Scholarship App (PDF) / 2017 OAA Scholarship App (WORD) today! Please contact the OAA for more information at oaamensore@gmail.com or 310-532-1929.

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!

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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OAA Scholarships for 2015 Graduating High School Students

2014 OAA High School Scholarship awardees at our Annual Picnic!

DEADLINE: May 22, 2015

REQUIREMENTS:
• Must be graduating high school in 2015
• Must be of full or partial Okinawan descent
• Parents or applicant must be OAA member(s)
• Minimum 3.0 GPA

The awards will be based primarily on academic accomplishments with due consideration given to extracurricular, community activities, and financial needs. The scholarship awards will be presented at the OAA’s Annual Picnic at Whittier Narrows Recreation Park on Sunday, July 12, 2015 (date subject to change).

Please contact the OAA at oaamensore@gmail.com or 310-532-1929 for the application!

2014 OAA Picnic • Scholarship Awards • Okinawa Bon Dance

OAA Picnic 2014

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2013 Okinawan Bon Dance & Picnic

The Okinawa Association of America (OAA)‘s Annual Picnic has been a tradition for local Okinawans and Okinawans-at-heart since its first incarnation in the 1930’s. The picnic has always been a highly anticipated event for families enjoying summer afternoons of homemade treats, family games, and Okinawan cultural performances. It has also become the venue for the OAA to award its annual scholarships to graduating high school students.

This year will mark the seventh year of Okinawa-style bon dancing at the OAA Picnic. Regardless of age or experience, everybody is invited to participate! Okinawa-style bon dancing is accompanied by dancing drummers (eisa) and sanshin (banjo-like instrument) musicians. The origin of bon dancing is a Buddhist ritual to soothe the souls of ancestors during the summer Bon (or Obon) Festival.

The OAA Picnic will be held on Sunday, July 7, 10AM – 4PM, at the Whittier Narrows Recreation Park (download park map), Area E-1, 750 Santa Anita Ave., South El Monte. Teriyaki bento orders ($7 each) and pre-sale raffle tickets ($1 each) are now available to purchase until June 28.  Top raffle prizes are an iPad Mini donated by Kamiya Insurance Agency, and a flatscreen HD TV donated by the OAA Seisonenbu Activities Committee. Parking is $6. Please contact the OAA office at (310) 532-1929 or mensore@earthlink.net for more information.

Download the bento/raffle pre-order form and raffle ticket form

Please submit your pre-order form, raffle ticket form, and payment (made payable to the “Okinawa Association of America”) to: 16500 South Western Avenue #203, Gardena, CA 90247.

Bon dance practices will take place on June 24 and July 1, 7:30 PM, at the Higashi Bldg. of the OAA Center, 16500 S. Western Ave., Gardena. Practices are open to the public. Practice videos are posted here.