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!

OAA Scholarships for 2016 Graduating High School Students

2014 OAA High School Scholarship awardees at our Annual Picnic!

DEADLINE: May 30, 2016

• 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 2016

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 17, 2016 (date subject to change).

Download the OAA HS scholarship application checklist and 2016 OAA Scholarship App (PDF)/2016 OAA Scholarship App (WORD) today! Please contact the OAA for more information at oaamensore@gmail.com or 310-532-1929.

2016 Uchinaa Junior Study Program


Junior Study Tour

The Uchinaa Junior Study Program (formerly the Junior Study Tour) is an annual immersion program that brings 20 middle and high school students to the islands of Okinawa.

Sponsored by the Okinawa Prefectural Government, elected students are given an all-expense-paid trip to study Okinawan history, culture, society, and diaspora, with an emphasis on nature, peace, and identity. Students will also be given the opportunity to interact with Uchinaanchu from around the world as well as students from Okinawa, with the hope that bonds and understandings will develop between overseas Uchinaanchu and their mother island.

TOUR DATES: July 24 ~ August 8, 2016

It may be delivered in person, mailed, or emailed, but it MUST be in the office by 4:00 PM (Pacific Standard Time)

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2016 OAA Shoe/Clothing Fundraising Drive

Help the OAA fundraise by donating your used clothing and shoes!

We are collecting items for a local recycling company, Angel Bins, who will give us 45-55 cents per pound for shoes and 10 cents for every pound of clothing (and listed items) that we collect. We must collect a minimum of 1,500 pounds (or approximately seventy-five 39-gallon hefty bags).


  • January 18 ~ February 19
    (weekdays, 10AM – 4PM)
  • OAA Center, 16500 South Western Avenue
    Gardena, California 90247
  • Please call before delivering: 310-532-1929


  • CLOTHING: must be in clean, wearable condition
  • ADDITIONAL ITEMS: (must be complete and in clean, usable condition) backpacks, baseball caps, bathroom linens, bathroom sets, bed linens, belts, blankets, board games and puzzles, comforters, curtains, drapes, handbags, hats, kitchen and table linens, scarves, small area rugs
  • SHOES: must be paired and in wearable condition (no golf shoes and ski boots)


  • Items must be in clean, usable condition
  • Please keep CLOTHING and SHOES in separate bags (bag for clothing and additional items listed above and a bag for shoes)

Please contact the OAA for more information:
310-532-1929, oaamensore@gmail.com

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

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2016 Niseta Tour in Brasil • Applications Due 11/25/2015

Niseta Tour 2016

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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

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