2018 / From Argentina, singer and song writer Gus Hokama will join the Okinawan cultural event on July 1

Third generation Okinawan descendant Gus Hokama in Argentina will be making his U.S. debut at the cultural event with the title of “Living Treasures of Okinawa: Taro Higa’s Humanism and the Okinawan Gajumaru Tree” on Sunday, July 1, 2018, 2 – 5 p.m. at Ken Nakaoka Community Center in Gardena.

The focus of this event will be a bilingual lecture about Taro Higa (1916 – 1985), a decorated US Army Nisei veteran from Hawaii, and driving force of Okinawa rescue efforts after WWII.

Like Taro Higa, Gus Hokama is a descendant of Kitanakagusuku Village on Okinawa Island. He will be performing in honor of their ancestral village in the July 1 event.

The lecturer of the Living Treasures of Okinawa is Japan-based author Tetsuro Shimojima, who have conducted wide-range research about Taro Higa and Okinawan people of his generation.

Along with Gus Hokama, Shimojima’s presentation will be accented by  performances from young musicians including Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Los Angeles Branch, and Jeff Tanaka (spoken word) & Joseph Kamiya (uta-sanshin).

Hollywood actor Tamlyn Tomita will be the event’s emcee.

The lecture will be presented in Japanese and headsets will be provided for simultaneous English translation. Headsets are limited. First come, first served.

Admissions are $10 donation tickets. For information, contact Uyehara Travel at (213) 680-2499 or Okinawa Association of America at oaamensore@gmail.com.

“Living Treasures of Okinawa: Taro Higa’s Humanism and the Okinawan Gajumaru Tree “ is organized by Tamiko Uyehara, Uchinaa Goodwill Ambassador. This event is supported by the Okinawa Association of America.

Gus Hokama グース外間 - 時空の花 – Jikuu no Hana (Japanese song)

Gus Hokama グース外間 – NO SE OLVIDEN DE MI (Spanish Song)

Gus Hokama’s CD will be available to purchase at event on July 1.

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