Attending the Installation Ceremony of "Shisa" Statues held
at the University of Hawaii


The University of the Ryukyus presented the University of Hawaii (UH) with a pair of “Shisa” statues (Okinawan lion-dog gardians) originally created by the University in commemoration of the establishment of the Center for Okinawan Studies at UH and the continuing partnership between the two institutions.

On June 29, the Installation Ceremony of the “Shisa” statues was held at the campus of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. President Iwamasa, Vice President Oshiro, Mr. Kadowaki (Director, Science and International Affairs Division) and Ms. Kaori Kinjo (International Affairs Section) attended the ceremony.

The pair of “Shisa” statues have been installed in a location on the street between Hamilton Library and the Paradise Palms Café on UH Manoa Campus.

The ceremony began with a Hawaiian “oli” (traditional chant), following which UH Manoa Chancellor Dr. Hinshaw and President Iwamasa both placed leis on each statue.

A reception was held in Hamilton Library after the installation ceremony, which began with a performance of the Okinawan traditional dance “Kajadifu Bushi” by the lecturers of UH Manoa. At the ceremony and the reception, UH Vice President Dr. Morton, UH Manoa Vice Chancellor Dr. Dasenbrock, deans, faculty members, students as well as members of Hawaii United Okinawa Association were present to welcome the “Shisa” statues

In addition, Hawaii Governor Abercrombie, who visited the University of the Ryukyus with UH President Greenwood in October last year, also graced the reception as a mark of celebration for the installation and the longstanding bilateral relationship between the two institutions.

The University of the Ryukyus and the University of Hawaii have maintained a longstanding and friendly mutual relationship since the conclusion of an international exchange agreement in 1988, spearheading active research and educational exchange in various fields, such as Okinawan Studies, Tourism, Marine Science, Medical Science and Law.

During this visit, the delegation visited the School of Medicine, the Center for Japanese Studies, the Center for Okinawan Studies, as well as the Library, and had discussions with UH representatives about future research and educational collaboration between the two institutions. The delegation also visited Hawaii United Okinawa Association which helped to deepen mutual understanding.

The strong partnership between the University of the Ryukyus and the University of Hawaii, in addition to the friendly relationship between Okinawa and Hawaii, have been further enhanced through this visit. More active and fruitful exchanges between the two institutions are expected for many years to come.

UH Vice President Dr. Morton, UHM Chancellor Dr. Hinshaw, President Iwamasa, Governor Abercrombie, UHM incoming Chancellor Dr. Apple, Dr. Nakasone, Vice President Oshirot

UH Vice President Dr. Morton, UHM Chancellor Dr. Hinshaw, President Iwamasa, Governor Abercrombie, UHM incoming Chancellor Dr. Apple, Dr. Nakasone, Vice President Oshiro

Opening Oli by Univ. Hawaii Protocol Team

Opening Oli by Univ. Hawaii Protocol Team

Shisa Installation Ceremony

Shisa Installation Ceremony

“Shisa” Statue with a lei

“Shisa” Statue with a lei

Calligraphy “Chi-no-Shinryo” (Bridge of Knowledge)  by Vice President Oshiro

Calligraphy “Chi-no-Shinryo” (Bridge of Knowledge) by Vice President Oshiro

Okinawan traditional dance “Kajadifu Bushi”

Okinawan traditional dance “Kajadifu Bushi”

Signing the Deed of Gift

Signing the Deed of Gift

President Iwamasa

President Iwamasa

UH Vice President Dr. Morton

UH Vice President Dr. Morton

Mele by Univ. Hawaii Protocol Team

Mele by Univ. Hawaii Protocol Team

Vice President Oshiro, Governor Abercrombie, President Iwamasa, UH Chancellor Hinshaw

Vice President Oshiro, Governor Abercrombie, President Iwamasa, UH Chancellor Hinshaw

Commemorative photo with “Shisa” Statue

Commemorative photo with “Shisa” Statue

At the Reception by UH President Greenwood

At the Reception by UH President Greenwood

with UH Manoa Vice President Dr. Dasenbrock, Dr. Huey (Director, Center for Japanese Studies), Dr. Nakasone

with UH Manoa Vice Chancellor Dr. Dasenbrock, Dr. Huey (Director, Center for Japanese Studies), Dr. Nakasone

Meeting at the School of Medicine (Dean Dr. Hedges, Vice Dean Dr. Izutsu, Dr. Kasuya, Dr. Berg)

Meeting at the School of Medicine (Dean Dr. Hedges, Vice Dean Dr. Izutsu, Dr. Kasuya, Dr. Berg)

With Dr. Chinen (Director, Center for Okinawan Studies) and Dr. Huey (Director, Center for Japanese Studies)

With Dr. Chinen (Director, Center for Okinawan Studies) and Dr. Huey (Director, Center for Japanese Studies)

Japan Specialist Librarian Ms. Bazzell explaining “Sakamaki Horei Collection”

Japan Specialist Librarian Ms. Bazzell explaining “Sakamaki Horei Collection”

Visiting Hawaii United Okinawa Association: with President Mr. Tamashiro, Executive Director Ms. Serikaku

Visiting Hawaii United Okinawa Association: with President Mr. Tamashiro, Executive Director Ms. Serikaku

at Hawaii Okinawa Center

at Hawaii Okinawa Center