2019 “Utayabira, Wuduyabira” Okinawan Music & Dance Concert

2017 Utayabira JapaneseCity

May 19, 2019 (Sunday)
James R. Armstrong Theatre (Map)
3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, California 90501
Program at 2 p.m., doors at 1:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20 each
General admission (first come, first served)

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OAA Annual High School Scholarship 2019


Please contact the OAA office
oaamensore@gmail.com, (310) 532-1929

Hand-delivered to the OAA office by 4 p.m.
on MAY 31, 2019 OR postmarked by MAY 31, 2019

(If mailing the documents, it is the responsibility of the applicant to inform the OAA office about submission and follow-up to confirm delivery.)

Every year, the Okinawa Association of America, Inc. (OAA) recognizes and rewards graduating high school seniors of Okinawan descent. The selection process will be based on the student’s academic accomplishments, extracurricular activities, community contributions, transcript, essays, letters of recommendation, financial need and special consideration for community hours at the OAA.


  • Graduating high school seniors (class of 2019) who will attend college in the 2019 – 2020 academic year
  • Children of Okinawan ancestry
  • Children of parent(s) who are current members of the OAA
  • Students with a GPA of 3.0 and above


  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from a teacher, coach, mentor or counselor on official letterhead with person’s title (family recommendations will not be accepted)
  • Two (2) essays
  • Transcripts
  • Application must be typed, printed out, and signed (handwritten applications will not be accepted)
  • All required documents must be postmarked by May 31, 2019* OR hand-delivered to the OAA office by 4.p.m. on May, 31, 2019

Scholarship recipients will be notified prior to the OAA Annual Picnic on Sunday, July 14, 2019 at Whittier Narrows Park (South El Monte, CA) where scholarship awards will be presented. Recipients are asked to attend this event or send a representative to receive the award from the OAA President.


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

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2019 Uchinaa Junior Study Program

This page is intended for members of the
Okinawa kenjinkai/association in Los Angeles, California.
Please contact your nearest kenjinkai/association to apply!


Junior Study Tour

The Uchinaa Junior Study Program (formerly the Junior Study Tour) is an annual immersion program that brings 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.

It may be delivered in person, mailed, or emailed, but it MUST be in the OAA office before 4:00 PM (Pacific Standard Time). The application process is extensive, so please do not wait until the last minute.

If you are an OAA member, please continue reading for eligibility, documents, and more information ⤵️

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2019 Rummage Collection Fundraiser


In observance of Earth Day, the OAA is teaming up Savers in Lomita to recycle, reuse, and reduce unwanted items in your home. For every donation made, the OAA will receive 20 cents per pound for soft goods, 5 cents per pound for miscellaneous, and 5 cents per pound for books and media. (Damaged or incomplete items will NOT be accepted)

Our goal is to raise $1,000 which is a equivalent of 400 13-gallon bags!

Volunteers needed to organize and bag items (April 1st – 12th, 22nd – 26th) and on April 27th to help with day-of drop-offs and loading the truck. Service hours are available for students. Please click here to sign up

Drop-Off Dates | Acceptable Items | Unacceptable Items

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