ONLINE UCHINAAGUCHI CLASS (MEMBERS ONLY)
2nd Fridays, 7 PM Pacific
Online via Zoom
Uchinaaguchi katayabira (let's speak Uchinaaguchi)! Study Uchinaaguchi – one of the native Ryūkyūan languages – with Chogi Higa, the OAA's resident expert and historian. In addition to teaching useful words and phrases, Higa-shinshii (sensei) dives into Okinawan culture and history.
KARAOKE CLUB (MEMBERS ONLY)
3rd Saturdays, 6 - 9 PM
Bring your own dinner or preorder a bento (limited)
Majun utayabira (let's sing together)! Sing your heart out to Okinawan folk songs, Japanese enka, Hawaiian favorites, and American classics. The casual and welcoming atmosphere makes it perfect for shy beginners and karaoke enthusiasts alike.
NEW SCHEDULE • 新しいスケジュール:
Last Saturdays, 4 - 6 PM Pacific
Every month: In-person potluck
Every other month: Potluck + online via Zoom
What started as a local potluck has expanded into a hybrid gathering accessible by community members near and far. Each month we practice self-introductions in Uchinaaguchi and every other month we'll explore Okinawan culture or identity through informal presentations/sharing.
NEW YEAR'S PARTY • 新年宴会
JANUARY – Yii soogwachi deebiru! The OAA kicks off the year with live performances (including a classical music and dance ensemble), raffle drawings, a silent auction, a toast for guests who were born in that year's zodiac cycle, the swearing in of elected leaders, and more.
WOMEN'S CLUB NEW YEAR'S PARTY
FEBRUARY/MARCH – The Fujin-bu Women's Club gathers to ring in the new year and foster fellowship with a special members-only luncheon.
IREI NO HI • 慰霊の日
JUNE – The OAA commemorates the end of WWII's Battle of Okinawa and memorializes the nearly 150,000 Okinawan lives that were lost with special educational events to inform the next generation about Okinawa’s wartime experience and its connection to current issues.
PICNIC • ピクニック
JULY – A community tradition since the 1930s! Enjoy a summer afternoon with games, live performances, raffle drawings, water balloon toss tournament, chinahichi (tug-of-war), and the only Okinawa-style Bon Dance in Southern California. Our annual high school scholarship recipients are also awarded.
SENIOR APPRECIATION DAY
SEPTEMBER (By invitation only) – A special luncheon celebrating our senior members with live performances, a certificate ceremony for members who turn 90 that year, birthday acknowledgements, and more.
GENERAL MEETING • 総会
NOVEMBER – Current members are invited to read annual reports, express suggestions or concerns, and vote for open leadership positions. Students who participate in the Junior Study Program or Kempi Scholarship may give a presentation at the General Meeting.