About Us

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Maui Ryukyu Culture Group created and owns the only two shishimai (Okinawan lions) on Maui. Shishimai were “awakened” traditionally and therefore are stored and used following tradition.

Maui Ryukyu Culture Group members working together load donations for Salvation Army.

Maui Ryukyu Culture Group members working together load donations for Salvation Army.

Maui Ryukyu Culture Group is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization deeply rooted in the Maui community and dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of the first generation Okinawan immigrants’ cultural legacy in Hawaii. Maui Ryukyu Culture Group (MRCG) activities take place on Maui; however, supporters exist throughout the world. MRCG has no religious or political affiliations, and membership is open to anyone. Members do not have to be Okinawan to join or participate. In fact, many MRCG members are Okinawans-at-heart, or persons just interested in learning more about the people of the Ryukyu Islands.

Members usually met on the 3rd and 4th Saturdays of the month to learn various performing arts from certified instructors, and weekly to practice what they learned. For more information on lessons, see Classes and Fees. MRCG also sponsors lectures and classes on Okinawan dance, history, and culture, performs in various settings on Maui, and gives back to the community when possible.

Vision
To preserve the memory of our Ryukyu (Okinawan) immigrants through education and involvement in the history, language, culture, and performing arts of Ryukyu (Okinawa)

Mission
To educate ourselves and others of the Ryukyu (Okinawan) people and to preserve and protect the language, drama, literature, artifacts, music, dance, history, and culture.

Contact Information
Maui Ryukyu Culture Group
P.O. Box 1311
Wailuku, HI 96793
Email: maui.ryukyu@gmail.com
Phone: (808)205-7116