My name is Kaiya, and I am a 17-year old Okinawan-American high school student from Portland, Oregon. I recently went back to Henoko this spring because I was frustrated with the silence of the media around this crisis. 


I wanted to make a documentary to show the world what's happening. My documentary, "Our Island's Treasure," focuses on the current destruction of the beautiful Okinawan ocean in Henoko and the fight by native Uchinanchu people to protect it. Please help spread awareness.


In addition, as a youth member of the Global Uchinanchu Alliance, we organized our first National Week of Action for Henoko on 5/26 - 6/1 and will continue to call on collective action from within the U.S. The information on all of the action ideas are listed in detail on this website. Please join us and share with all of your networks. This is an emergency. Let's rise for Henoko!

© 2019 Created by Kaiya Yonamine.





Please join us as we mobilize action for Henoko across the U.S. 

These are the suggested actions. We encourage you to continue these actions beyond this week in your areas.

Action Idea 1: Contact Congress
Action Idea 2: Contact U.S. House Armed Services Committee 
Action Idea 3: Contact Media
Action Idea 4: Contact Environmental Groups
Action Idea 5: Organize Locally
Action Idea 6: Spread Documentary
Action Idea 7: Spread Education
Hawai'i: Pete Shimazaki Doktor
Portland: Moé Yonamine
Chicago: Ryan Yokota
Bay area: Wesley Ueunten
Los Angeles: Joey Kamiya
New York: Noriko Oyama

HELP US RAISE AWARENESS: Add the "#RiseForHenoko" profile picture frame on Facebook.

Here are the steps:

  • Step 1:​ Go to this link and sign in.

  • Step 2: Select "Change Picture." Choose your picture to post or repost as your profile. Select "Add a frame."

  • Step 3: Select the "#RiseforHenoko" frame from the menu or search for the frame.

  • Step 3: Click "Use as Profile Picture." Choose how long you want to keep this your banner. Save.

  • Share the link to uploading the profile banner on your social media for others to  upload.