Seeking volunteers and donations.


As we get closer to our upcoming 10th Anniversary Chijinshuu concert in October, and to make it a success, we need your help.   Below is a list of various roles that will help us out tremendously since the local taiko members will be performing along with the members from Okinawa.

Here is a list:

  • Stage crew (set up mics, chairs, etc. on stage) [~3 people]
  • Ushers [3-4 people]
  • VIP Ushers [3-4 people]
  • OKK Merchandise Table [2 people]
  • Kitchen Helpers [3 people]


If you will not be able to donate your time, the following kitchen supplies will be much appreciated.

  • Napkins
  • Paper plates
  • Utensils (spoon, fork, chopsticks)
  • Sugar/Cream
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Paper towels
  • Ziploc bags
  • To-Go boxes
  • Kitchen knife
  • Plastic food wrap

Please contact Mia Slattum to get involved.

Thank you members for all you do to support our club!!!
Volunteer and donations not limited to members 🙂

OKK Annual Picnic

August 19th at Auburn Game Farm Park!!!  11AM

It’s a potluck so please bring a dish to share!!!!

The weather is finally turning to summer, or at least summer-like sensibilities. This means that it is time for the annual OKK Picnic!

This year’s event will be held at the fantastic “Game Farm Park” located in Auburn, WA. There are ample parking and onsite bathrooms! Many activities are being planned by the OKK Social Committee, including another round of male-female Tug-Of-War!

So bring your family and dishes to share! See you there! If you are, or someone in your family is a recent graduate, please contact your Area Representative.


今年のピクニックも昨年と同じAuburnのGames Farm Parkで催します。駐車スペースも充分あり、お手洗いも会場の直ぐ側にあります。OKKのソーシャルコミッティーの方々が、大人気の綱引きなど、盛り沢山の楽しいゲームも用意しておりますので皆さん奮ってご参加下さい。

Games Farm Park Address/住所: 3030 R ST SE , Auburn, WA 98002  (11AM)


2017 August Newsletter – President’s message

Dear Okinawa Kenjin Club Members,


I cannot believe we are already in the 2nd half of 2017. This summer has been pretty dry and warm and I hope you are enjoying this beau-tiful summer!

In the first half of this year, we had our annual New Year’s Party on March 11th and over 400 people attended and enjoyed the wonder-ful performances. What an amazing event we had and it was always great to end with Kachashii! Also I want to point out that there were many volunteers who contributed their time to run this great event! Without your support, we could not be as successful! Thank you very much!
Also we had Ryukyu Charm Night at APCC on April 30th and many of our members attended! Utako Ishikawa-sensei, Minori Nago-sensei and their students came all the way from Okinawa as guest perform-ers and it was amazing to see how they could collaborate with our young performers! Some members had tears in their eyes probably thinking back home or overwhelmed by the amazing performers. I was so moved. This is why we do this for our members.

Our Kenjin Club is continuing to grow each year. We want to make sure we will have the right environment for our 2nd and 3rd genera-tions to continue enjoying learning the Okinawan tradition. It can be challenging to attract younger generations but I know if we can put our ideas together, we can create a wonderful place for all of us! For example, we can organize a cooking class where older generations can teach younger how to cook traditional Okinawan Food, or teach-ing Okinawan dialect (Uchina guchi), etc…

I am still learning about this organization and I really appreciate all of your big support. I cannot thank you enough. This is everyone’s organization and your ideas are very important for us to grow! Please do not hesitate to reach out to me and share your ideas!
We still have events to enjoy the rest of this year. I look forward to seeing you soon!


Tomo Uehara, President
Okinawa Kenjin Club of WA


ハイサイ! ちゃーがんじゅー やみせーみ?







Wecoming guests from Okinawa



そこで歓迎会を4月28日(金)午後4時から6時までAPCC (4851 S Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA 98409)にてやります。

また、送別会は5月2日(火)午後5時から7時に川辺ハウス(221 18th Ave, Seattle, WA 98144) にてあります。




Hello Okinawa Kenjin Club Members,

We are going to have guests from Okinawa. This time, Minori Nago-sensei, Utako Ishikawa-sensei, and their students are visiting to perform for us.

We have a welcome party at APCC (4851 S Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA 98409) on Friday, April 28th at 4pm – 6pm.

Also we are having farewell party at Kawabe House (221 18th Ave, Seattle, WA 98144) on Tuesday, May 2nd at 5pm to 7pm.

Lets welcome our precious guests from Okinawa!

Also there is Ryukyu Charm Concert on April 30th (Sunday) from 4pm at APCC. Please join us!


Tomo Uehara
Okinawa Kenjin Club of WA

Host Families needed for Okinawan students

Dear Okinawa Kenjin Club members,

Like last year, Elaine Ikoma Ko will be coordinating with 16 middle schoolers from Okinawa from July 27th – August 17th.
Would any of our members be interested in hosting students during that time.
Elaine is currently looking for three families to host two students each, if possible.

The program she coordinates will keep the students busy all day M-F, in South Park area for their classes and excursions which hosts an join us on (Mt Rainier, Mariners game, Space Needle, etc.).
Hosts provide meals (although we often provide meals when we are on field trips), and have them in evenings and weekends throughout the three intensive weeks.
The compensation is $75 per week for the two students, and the sponsoring group is the cultural exchange organization CCI Greenheart, a nonprofit dedicated to cultural understanding and environmental stewardship.

If you are interested, please contact – Noriko Inafuku @ and she will connect you to Elaine Ikoma Ko for further information.

Thank you for your support.

Tomo Uehara

Okinawa Kenjin Club of WA

2017 Okinawa Junior Study Program

沖縄県人会会員の皆様へ  (*English followed by Japanese)








Dear Okinawa Kenjin Club Members! 

I have received the 2017 Junior Study Program Application forms from Okinawa Prefecture.   It is a great way for our young generations (13yo – 20yo: more details in the link below) to go to Okinawa and spend time with locals for a week or so.

The application deadline is on Friday, April 14, 2017, which means we must submit the application on Thursday, April 13, 2017 to get to Okinawa on that day.   

Please let me know if you have any questions or your children or grand children might be interested in applying to this program.   

I look forward to speaking with you soon! 

Tomo Uehara
President of Okinawa Kenjin Club of WA

2017 New Years Party update – President’s message

沖縄県人会会員の皆様へ      * Information in English can be found after Japanese. 


 2016年は、第6回世界ウチナーンチュ大会が行われ、本県人会からも総勢 150名が参加いたしました。また、26年以上もワシントン州沖縄県人会会長として県人会をリードしてきた佐久間氏が退任された年でもありました。佐久間前会長の貢献に心より感謝の気持ちでいっぱいです。





Date:  Saturday, March 11th, 2017 
Time:  11am – 3pm  (doors open at 10:30am)
Location: Seattle Buddhist Church (1427 S Main St, Seattle, WA 98144)

 ·  弁当(25ドル):メインの弁当と別ボックスで刺身がつきます。

·  当日弁当を余分に準備しておりませんので、ご希望の方は事前に必ず注文してください。弁当を購入されない方は、ご自身でお弁当を用意されますようお願いいたします。

·  弁当の注文は下記の方に:

Area Representatives:
Oak Harbor:                 Sonoko Rhodes
Seattle/ South King:    Terumi Kastner
Tacoma:                       Kiyoko McCammon,  Mitsuko Price
Olympia:                      Taeko Skrivarck, Kazuko White
Peninsula:                   Shoko Fritchman,  Yuka Canny
Snohomish:                 Mia Slattum
Lakewood:                   Yoshiko Killian
Bellevue/Eastside:      Toyoko Nipper , Barbara Taira

当日何か演技などをやりたいとご希望の方は、Mia Slattum まで連絡下さい。




Dear Okinawa Kenjin Club Members!

 A Happy New Year! I hope your 2017 has been going well for all of you!

We had many events in 2016, including The Worldwise Uchinanchu Festival in Okinawa, where we had about 150 members from WA attended.  Also our beloved former President Sakuma has retired from his duty.  His 26 plus years services to our organization lead us to become the one of the most attractive Japanese community groups in WA.  I would like to thank Mr. Sakuma for his dedication and the time he served as the President of our group. 

Now, we are in 2017!  We have our annual New Year’s Party coming up on Saturday, March 11th, 2017.  We do have Bake Sales so please bring your favorite baking items for donations to sell at the party!  

Also we are planning to have our election for the new president position in March and April.  We will send out the details information later on. 

 Here is the information on the New Years Party!

 Okinawa Kenjin Club Annual New Year’s Party
Date:  Saturday, March 11th, 2017 
Time:  11am – 3pm  (doors open at 10:30am)
Location: Seattle Buddhist Church (1427 S Main St, Seattle, WA 98144)

·  Lunch Box (Bento) – $25 :Comes with the main lunch box with side sashimi box

·  We do not have extra lunch boxes on the day of the party so PLEASE make sure to order your Bento boxes prior to the party.  Otherwise, please bring your own lunch to the party! 

·  Please order your Bento to your area representatives below:

Area Representatives:
Oak Harbor:                 Sonoko Rhodes
Seattle/ South King:    Terumi Kastner
Tacoma:                       Kiyoko McCammon,  Mitsuko Price
Olympia:                      Taeko Skrivarck, Kazuko White
Peninsula:                   Shoko Fritchman,  Yuka Canny
Snohomish:                 Mia Slattum
Lakewood:                   Yoshiko Killian
Bellevue/Eastside:      Toyoko Nipper , Barbara Taira

  •  If you would like to perform at the new years party, please contact Mia Slattum.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Tomo Uehara


Okinawa Kenjin Kai New Years Party!!!

Date:  March 11, 2017 (Saturday)
Place: Seattle Buddhist Church 1427 S. Main Seattle, WA 98144
Time: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Please join us as we celebrate the new year with dance and music.  Friends and guests are all welcome.

If anyone is interested in participating or help in volunteering for this event, please contact Mia Slattum, who is organizing the entertainment program.

Families are encouraged to bring their own lunch during the program.  If you would like to pre-order a bento, please contact your area representative. 

This will be a good time to renew membership.  The fee is $20/per family.

Hope to see you there!!!