Thanks to a travel grant from the Okinawan Chamber of Commerce aka WUB-Hawaii (Worldwide Uchinanchu Business Association), I was able to attend the centennial celebration of Okinawan immigration to Argentina and Brazil. In August of 2008, an estimated 6,000 Uchinanchu from around the world converged on Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires, including three groups from Hawaii.**Honolulu to LA.
We start our long journey. Of course, the ladies have tons of packed food and quickly distribute the sushi and chicken.
Bump into Albert How at the airport! Haven't seen him since Mililani High School. He's a pilot living on the East Coast. . .coming back from visiting his girlfriend in China. How random is that?
** Excerpts from an essay to be published in the Hawaii Herald will be inserted into this blog if relevant.