Uchinaguchi/Shimakutuba, Revival of Okinawa language in Hawai`i Begins with First Session
Posted on 15 April 2009
Ukwanshin’s first Okinawan language class began this past Monday, with a great turnout of over 25 people at Norman’s house in Manoa. Mrs. Sasaki was also surprised at the turnout and said she was overjoyed at seeing so much interest to start. She also commented that her dream is to see us using the language again naturally. She comes to us from Naha, and has a connection to Okinawa’s royal past. Her grandmother was the wetnurse for the last king, Sho Tai, and she remembers talking with the royal grandchildren of the king. She also told of going to visit the royal residence with her grandmother. The classes are held every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month from 7-9pm. Please contact us for more information. Those of you outside O`ahu, or Hawai`i, we will soon be having live hookup either through video feed or the internet.