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Yuki No Hama Park l Okinawa Hai!

Yuki No Hama Park

CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER OLSEN Usually when I discover new playgrounds with my kids, my husband is not with me. On this particular trip he was....

Geocaching on Okinawa

For those of you who are new(er) to the island and looking for some great outdoor activities to help you explore the island -...

Yanbaru Forest Toy Museum

CONTRIBUTED BY AMY MADDOCKS Very recently a small, but fun, art museum opened in Kunigami Village, a short drive from Okuma. While I wouldn’t recommend driving...

Shinran Shonin

CONTRIBUTED BY AMY MADDOCKS We found a quaint little area on a weekend drive and wanted to share with you. The next time you are traveling...

Tree Village (Hedo of Ogimi Village)

CONTRIBUTED BY AMY MADDOCKS When’s the last time you saw a random road in Oki and wondered where it led? That happens to us almost daily. When...

Kudaka Island

CONTRIBUTED BY AMY MADDOCKS Want to see a beautiful island with friendly faces, loads of history, and untouched by tourism? According to folklore, Kudaka Island...

Melody Road

CONTRIBUTED BY AMY MADDOCKS Get ready to be “wowed,” my friends—or at least impressed a bit. If you haven’t heard of Melody Road yet, you...

Adan Kid’s Park (AKA Ewok Playground)

CONTRIBUTED BY AMY MADDOCKS Even if you aren’t a Star Wars fan, you can still appreciate this adorable park!  We came across this area by...

Nakabaru Ruins

CONTRIBUTED BY AMY MADDOCKS While Geocaching the other day on Ikei Island, we came across a really cool historical site called Nakabaru Ruins.  There are...

Ryukyu Lacquerware Shop

CONTRIBUTED BY AMY MADDOCKS On a recent rainy weekend we decided to go for a drive to the southern portion of the island.  We went...

Hakugin-do Shrine

CONTRIBUTED BY AMY MADDOCKS While driving south last weekend to enjoy the lovely weather, in the middle of a busy street in Itoman we came...

Motobu Genkimura (Motobu Wellness Village)

Motobu Dolphin Jump CONTRIBUTED BY AMY MADDOCKS We swam with dolphins! Literally! This last weekend my family and I were blessed with the opportunity to join...

Urasoe Art Museum

CONTRIBUTED BY AMY MADDOCKS Urasoe Art Building Want to see some of the most amazing cultural treasures of the Ryukyu kingdom? Head on over to the...

Kokusai Street

Kokusai Street, Naha CONTRIBUTED BY AMY MADDOCKS We talk about “Kokusai Street” all the time here on this beautiful rock we call home, but some of...

Hamagawa Prayer Site

CONTRIBUTED BY AMY MADDOCKS Hamagawa Trail The randomness of this island never ceases to amaze me. I love that little parks, shrines, or random historical sites...

Tomb of Sho Hashi

CONTRIBUTED BY AMY MADDOCKS Tomb The tomb of the first king of the Ryukyu Kingdom is located in Yomitan, a fact not known by many. It...

Striker’s Cafe

CONTRIBUTED BY AMY MADDOCKS Strikers Interior Striker’s Café is a little known secret hiding inside Emery Lanes Bowling Alley on Kadena Air Base. At most bowling...

Tsuboya Pottery Village

CONTRIBUTED BY AMY MADDOCKS Tsuboya Vill Map Tsuboya Vill Street After visiting the Tsuboya Pottery Museum, don’t miss taking a walk down Yachimun Alley. Plan on...

Tsuboya Pottery Museum

Tsuboya Museum Front CONTRIBUTED BY AMY MADDOCKS Naha’s Tsuboya District has been the center of Okinawan pottery since 1682, but they say the earthenware first began...

Pineapple House

Pineapple Big One CONTRIBUTED BY AMY MADDOCKS While taking a drive to the southern tip of the island last weekend, we saw a huge pineapple on...

Ryu’s Dining

Editor's Note: Ryu's Dining was originally reviewed on Okinawa Hai on April 9, 2009; you can read a PDF copy of that original review HERE. The...

Okinawa Motor Festival

CONTRIBUTED BY AMY MADDOCKS Oki Motor Fest Street Jam Any motor-heads out there? Enjoy watching car or motorcycle racing? Or perhaps you want something...

Ryukyu Glass Craft Village

CONTRIBUTED BY AMY MADDOCKS Ryukyu Glass Photo Op Beautiful, vibrant, enjoyable, eye-pleasing, engaging fun, are just a few words to describe the experiences awaiting you at...

Kurashiki Dam

CONTRIBUTED BY AMY MADDOCKS & DIANA MIDDLETON This post was originally contributed by Diana Middleton in 2007.  But we felt it deserved an update!  Thanks...

Platters

CONTRIBUTED BY AMY MADDOCKS Platters Interior For those of you on a budget or just want some great food, check out Platters on Kadena Air Base....

Okinawa’s Neo Park

CONTRIBUTED BY AMY MADDOCKS An updated review of this animal park: Neo Sign On our way to Okuma one weekend, we decided to stop and check out...
Haebaru's Beaury Park l Okinawa Hai!

Haebaru’s Beaury Park

CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER OLSEN Thanks to a tip from a great friend at amymaddocks.com, I hit another playground gold mine! Introducing, Haebaru's Beaury Park. The...