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Okinawa International Women’s Club

Okinawa International Women’s Club CONTRIBUTED BY NAOMI KATO JOHNSON Okinawa International Women’s Club (OIWC) is a non-profit organization that has been around for 60 years. We are...

Marine Gift Shop, Camp Foster

CONTRIBUTED BY LOUISE DUPUY The Marine Gift shop is a short walk from Camp Foster’s movie theatre. Not sure what a Marine gift shop stocks?...

Local Voices: Every Little Life Matters

CONTRIBUTED BY INORI HAYASHI "This is what we do; we team up with people who have similar mindsets and rescue abandoned animals because we believe...

A Mission Trip to Cambodia

CONTRIBUTED BY MARIE LEWIS/PHOTOS BY PETER VANOSDALL AND MARIE LEWIS I recently had the opportunity to go on a short-term Christian mission trip with a...

Organic Okinawa: Volunteers Keeping Okinawa Beautiful

CONTRIBUTED BY IRWIN DULAN II Recently while strolling through Urasoe Dai Koen I came across a friendly elderly gentleman. Dressed in a smart exercise jumper...

Employment Resources: Marine and Family Programs

CONTRIBUTED BY KATIE GARTNER/ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FROM LORI CLEYMANS Like many of you reading this, I attended the Newcomers’ Orientation Welcome Aboard (NOWA) brief in a...

Volunteering for the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society

CONTRIBUTED BY KARA PIERACCINI When I moved to Okinawa, I had grand ideas of getting a job. Seven months, a handful of interviews, and no luck...

Girl Scouts on Okinawa

CONTRIBUTED BY KIM RUNKLE When my husband deployed a year ago and a half ago, I knew I needed something to keep me busy and...

American Red Cross on Okinawa

CONTRIBUTED BY MOLLY WIECHMANN Did you know there are not one, but TWO American Red Cross offices on Okinawa?  That’s right!  Camp Foster and Kadena...

Relief Work on Mainland Japan: Volunteers Needed!

CONTRIBUTED BY AMANDA MARSHALL The grave damage caused by the March 11, 2011, earthquake & tsunami is out of the news, but I was recently...

Kadena Gift Corner

CONTRIBUTED BY SARAH FORTE Kadena Gift Front Where do you buy gifts for friends and family back in the States? I, for one, suffer from the...

American Women’s Welfare Association

CONTRIBUTED BY JOY BARNES At my core, I am an activist.  Before my “career” as a stay at home mom, I worked for a feminist...

Army on Okinawa Gift Shop

CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER GELORMINE I don't want to alarm anyone but THE HOLIDAYS ARE RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER!  *ahem* (I think my panic and unpreparedness...

Kadena’s Special Olympics

CONTRIBUTED BY CHIP STEITZ AND TARA HOWES This summer I received an email from Chip Steitz regarding the Special Olympics held each year on...

Get Involved. Assist The Local Orphanages

CONTRIBUTED BY JANAE BURGER As a child I watched ‘Annie’ numerous times while singing along with the song, “The sun will come out tomorrow’ and...

Okinawa Kids Clothing Swap Program

CONTRIBUTED BY JOELLE YAMADA As some of you know, I was a bit shocked to give birth to a little girl in July.  Along with...

Hippotherapy

CONTRIBUTED BY DASHA GARIEPY Interacting with horses like Sprite and Coke helps kids with disabilities Hippotherapy actually has nothing to do with hippos, and everything to...

Yaedake Bakery

CONTRIBUTED BY DASHA GARIEPY In case you've ever wondered what those cheerful store clerks are chirping at you when you walk in the door, it's...

WWOOF!

CONTRIBUTED BY DASHA GARIEPY Interesting, isn't it, how life can change in less than a month? I posted a blog about international volunteer work on...

OAARS

CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER NORDELL Volunteering is such a wonderful thing and many of us want to do our part to make the world around us...

POPs

CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER NORDELL My parents instilled a love of live theatre in me from a very young age. My family has always been involved...

Navy Gift Shop & Kids Cottage

Editor's Note: This store changed its name to Navy Fleet Gift Shop and moved to a new location on Camp Shields in 2013. Click...

N.ever A.gain V.olunteer Y.ourself

CONTRIBUTED BY JOELLE YAMADA I typically check this site a couple of times a day.  Call me compulsive, but I just love reading all of...

Friends Abroad

Friends Abroad, originally uploaded by okinawa hai. CONTRIBUTED BY CINDY CROSBY One of our Okinawa hobbies is hosting students for a company called "Friends Abroad".  Basically,...

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