2016 / Okinawa Association’ New Year’s event attracts 600 people, Jan 17

Opening of the New Year's party of the Okinawa Association of America

Opening of the New Year’s party of the Okinawa Association of America (Cultural News Photo)

Okinawa Association of America's New Year's party: closing

Okinawa Association of America’s New Year’s party: closing program – sing along (Cultural News Photo)

Michiko Numata, left, 2016 OAA Woman of the Year: David Tsuneo Fusato, 2016 OAA Man of the Year

Michiko Numata, left, 2016 OAA Woman of the Year: David Tsuneo Fusato, 2016 OAA Man of the Year (Cultural News Photo)



Okinawa Association to celebrate the New Year, Jan. 17, 11AM – 3:30PM

Ring in the new year with Uchinaanchu (Okinawan) spirit! The Okinawa Association of America (OAA) will be hosting their annual New Year’s Party on Sunday, January 17 from 11:00 am – 3:30 pm.

Held at the beautiful Quiet Cannon banquet hall in Montebello Golf Course, this event is one of the OAA’s largest with over 600 attendees! Pre-registration is required to attend this event (deadline: January 8th to guarantee a ticket at current pricing).

The $40 admission fee includes a prime rib entrée (vegetarian menu available). To help families and encourage younger members to attend, discounted fees are available for children (ages 3 to 10) and students (ages 11 to 18).

One of the event’s biggest draws is the entertainment program, which will showcase the cultural arts of Okinawa, Hawaii, and Japan.

Featuring live music, dance, karaoke, and martial arts demonstrations, highlights include a classical Ryukyu music ensemble, the L.A. branch of Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko (Okinawan drum-dancing), and surprise numbers performed by the OAA’s board of directors and Women’s Club.

Support the OAA by purchasing $2 raffle tickets (winners need not be present) and try your luck at winning the grand prize: a Kangen Water ionization machine generously donated by Enagic USA, Inc. (retail value: $1,480).

Other great prizes include round trip airfare to Tokyo (fuel surcharges and tax not included) donated by Uyehara Travel and $200 travel vouchers donated by IACE Travel. More great prizes include gift cards and electronics.

For more information or to register for the event, please contact the OAA at 310-532-1929 or oaamensore@gmail.com

Registration is required in order to attend (deadline: January 8; additional $10/person after deadline, if space allows) and seating is assigned on a “first come, first served” basis.