The Okinawa Association of America held its annual bazaar/fundraiser on Oct. 12 at the OAA Center in Gardena, featuring entertainment, food, crafts, games and a raffle.
Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi, who is running for re-election, dropped by. He said that although he is not of Okinawan background, he did grow up on a U.S. military base in Okinawa and has an appreciation of the people and culture. From left: Guitarist Troy Keoho, OAA President Shingi Kuniyoshi, Muratsuchi, singer/musician Kalyn Aolani.
Tomio Prehoda and Michelle Akamine of Teruya Sokyoku Kenkyukai played Okinawan koto music. Entertainment was also provided by Afuso Ryu Kenkyuu Choichi Kai Los Angeles, Halau Hula Moani‘a‘ala Anuhea, and Kazuaki Uehara, who performed music from the Yaeyama Islands.
Photos by J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo