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HUOA Virtual Craft Fair

We have begun! It’s so nice to be a part of the group again. Please visit the website https://huoa.org/nuuzi/virtualcraftfair.html to see all of the vendors’ crafts and support HUOA!!!


HUOA Virtual Craft Fair

HUOA Virtual Craft Fair

We will be participating in the:
HUOA Virtual Craft Fair
November 15, 2020 - January 15, 2021

Okinawan gifts

Can you believe it’s October? As the year closes out, don’t forget that it’s the perfect time to do your Christmas shopping. Rather than buying from Amazon, buy your special person a piece that will bring them joy and know it’s coming from a small business. We have every shirt you could need: Okinawan at Heart, 100% Okinawan, 100% Half Okinawan, 100% Part Okinawan, Uchinanchu, and 808 Uchinanchu!!! We started this online shop to provide more variety to our customers. We used to have to store products in boxes. I do still have Uchinanchu bumper stickers and various shirts Previously...


Shuri Castle and the songs in its shadow

Shuri Castle and the songs in its shadow

We were happy to hear that Shuri Castle reopened!! Our daughter’s first visit to Okinawa occurred after the fire, so we hope to return again soon! We walked by the castle on our way to a wonderful restaurant. Even though the building were noticeably burnt, they were still beautiful atop a distant hill. Unbeknownst to us, an Okinawan singer / sanshin player would grace our private dining room with wonderful songs that got my mother-in-law dancing out of her seat.  I saw the joy the songs brought to her, as if she was transported back to her youth in Naha....


The Story Behind our 100% Half Okinawan Design

Thomas is half Okinawan, but he tends to get mistaken for Italian.  While he respects all other cultures, he is very proud of his Okinawan heritage.  He wanted people to look at him and know exactly where his heart lies.  The Hidari Gomon is placed as the "O" in Okinawan, a reference to the rich history of its people.  Though the shirt could have just said "Half Okinawan", he wanted to stress that he loves being part of such a rich culture and is 100% proud of being half.