Next Meeting: Sept. 10, 2015

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Agenda:

This month’s meeting will be a briefing on the 2016 Taste of Okinawa, which is scheduled for April 30, 2016.

Active discussion will take place after the briefing by co-chairs: Roy Irei, Chris Pearce, and Akemi Martin.

 

Date:       September 10, 2015 Thursday

Time        6-8:30 pm

New Location!

Vineyard Zippy’s  —  59 N. Vineyard Boulevard  532-4211

images-47Parking is in the Zippy’s lot and only in the Queens Medical Center lot.  No parking at Hosoi.

 

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Next Meeting: August 13, 2015

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Agenda: Stanley Takamine will speak on the Building of the Hawaii Okinawan Center.

110331_14Stanley Takamine served as Co-Chairman of the committee that built  the Hawaii Okinawa Center.  He is a retired Hawaiian Electric Administrator, Past UOA President that shaped HUOA as we see it today.  While Ed Kuba served as the Fundraising Chair and spoke to us of the fundraising challenges and success, Stan was his boss and went to Okinawa and wooed the businesses and friends that made the fundraising a huge success.

 

Date:       August 13, 2015 Thursday

Time        6-8:30 pm

New Location!

Vineyard Zippy’s  —  59 N. Vineyard Boulevard  532-4211

images-47Parking is in the Zippy’s lot and only in the Queens Medical Center lot.  No parking at Hosoi.

 

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Next Meeting: July 9, 2015

Ed Kuba with Senator Jill Tokuda

Ed Kuba with Senator Jill Tokuda

Agenda: Ed Kuba “How a Shy Guy from Kapahulu Became a Born Again Uchinanchu”

Hawaii Okinawan Center, 94-587 Ukee Street

Hawaii Okinawan Center, 94-587 Ukee Street

Ed Kuba is known as the “Father of the Hawaii Okinawa Center.”  This is because under his leadership it was built on tme and on budget.  He coordinated 500 volunteers to raise $9 million in three years.

Date:       July 9, 2015 Thursday

Time        6-8:30 pm

New Location!

Vineyard Zippy’s  —  59 N. Vineyard Boulevard  532-4211

images-47Parking is in the Zippy’s lot and only in the Queens Medical Center lot.  No parking at Hosoi.

 

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Next Meeting: June 11, 2015

 

Senator Jill Tokuda

Senator Jill Tokuda  Video

Senator Jill Tokuda will review this past legislative session.  As chair of the powerful Senate Ways and Means Committee she helped passed many important legislation that will affect the local economy and life in Hawaii in general.

This will be a great forum to ask her questions.  On the flip side, please educate her on your business issues and how bills affect your bottom line.  If laws hurt your business, be prepared to explain how laws should be changed or eliminated to help businesses.  Although Legislators do their utmost to make the best decisions, often their efforts hurt businesses because they don’t have the frame of reference since owners do not go down to the Capitol to explain the pros and cons of the issues.  Legislators want to help the public but people need to speak up and make their concerns known.

This is your opportunity to interact with the chair of the powerful Ways and Means Committee.

Because WUB Hawaii is a member of the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce, the 2015 COCH Legislative Report is provided here.  In the report you will learn about specific legislative items that you can bring up for discussion with the Senator.

Senator Jill Tokuda – Hawaii Legislature Website

Jill Tokuda – Personal Website – Background

Interview (2014)  Civil Beat

Video:  Ask Your Senator (2013)

“Palace Intrigue” (mentions Tokuda faction) Civil Beat 

“Hawaii Legislature Passes $26B Budget” Civil Beat

 

Agenda:   Senator Jill Tokuda will review this past legislative session.  Q&A to follow.

Date:         6-8:30 pm  June 11, 2015    Thursday

New Location!

Vineyard Zippy’s  —  59 N. Vineyard Boulevard  532-4211

images-47Parking is in the Zippy’s lot and only in the Queens Medical Center lot.  No parking at Hosoi.

 

Next Meeting: May 14, 2015

 

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Agenda:   Interactive discussion of upcoming events and programs for the rest of 2015.

  • 30th Anniversary Sister State/Prefecture Commemoration in Atlanta, Georgia
  • WUB Network Board Meeting
  • Uchinanchu Talk Story V – September 2015
  • 2016 Taste of Okinawa

Date:         6-8:30 pm  May 14, 2015    Thursday

New Location!

Vineyard Zippy’s  —  59 N. Vineyard Boulevard  532-4211

images-47Parking is in the Zippy’s lot and only in the Queens Medical Center lot.  No parking at Hosoi.

 

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Next Meeting: March 12, 2015

Prof. Tetsumi Takara - Ryukyu University

Prof. Takara – Uchinanchu Talk Story III

Prof. Tetsumi Takara is professor of law at the Ryukyu University.

He will speak on the proposed changes to Japan’s Constitution to allow Japan to use armed forces to resolve international disputes and what it might mean for Okinawa’s future.

Podcast – Prof. Takara at UTS III

New York Times “Abe Is Said to Have Plans to Revise Pacifist Charter” (5 February 2015)

 

Agenda:   Prof. Takara will discuss the propose changes to Japan’s peace constitution and what it could mean for the future of Okinawa

Date:         6-9 pm  March 12, 2015    Thursday

New Location!

Vineyard Zippy’s  —  59 N. Vineyard Boulevard  532-4211

images-47Parking is in the Zippy’s lot and only in the Queens Medical Center lot.  No parking at Hosoi.

 

Next Meeting: February 12, 2015

 

Gerald Bullock

Gerald Bullock

Gerald is a “Head Hunter” or “Medical Device Recruiter.”  He will be talking about what he does as a bi-cultural Japan/USA headhunter/recruiter.

Earlier in life he studied linguistics and English as a Second Language (ESL) at UH Manoa.  Gerald is an Uchinanchu-in-heart – he loves the band Begin!

A teaching assignment brought him to Kobe, Japan where in a surprising turn of events he met a few headhunters and became intrigued by their profession.  He subsequently moved to Tokyo where he lived for several years.  He recently made Hawaii his home.  LinkedIn source.

Agenda:   Gerald Bullock will be speaking on his work as a “headhunter.”

Date:         6-9 pm  February 12, 2015    Thursday

Location:  Maple Garden Restaurant  909 Isenberg Street

 

Next Meeting: November 13, 2014

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Agenda: Prof. Dan Boylan will give us his analysis and perspective on the 2014 election.

Date:        6-9 pm  November 13, 2014      Thursday

Location:      Maple Garden Restaurant       909 Isenberg Street

Dan Boylan is a widely recognized expert on Hawaii politics.  He moderated PBS Hawaii Insights program for over 20 years and continues to write the “Mostly Politics” column for Midweek.  He recently retired from teaching history at UH West Oahu.

 

Please see Columbia Journalism Review aticle: “Q&A: Hawaii Political Reporter Dan Boylan”