Hawaii Karate Seinenkai
The Hawaii Karate Seinenkai Salutes:
Kamesuke Higashionna
1904 - 1968 (?)

Kamesuke Higashionna (also known as Kamesuke Higaonna, Hiroshi Higashionna, and Hiroshi Higaonna) was one of the founding Shihan of the Hawaii Karate Seinenkai. He arrived in Hawaii on August 18, 1933, accompanying Mizuho Mutsu. At the time, he was a student at Toyo University in Tokyo. Although Mutsu left Hawaii after only one month, Higashionna remained for several months. During that time, he taught at various locations on Oahu. On Saturday, September 9, 1933, he and Mutsu, assisted by Seishin Uehara, Thomas Shigeru Miyashiro, and other members of the Hawaii Karate Seinenkai, gave a lecture and demonstration at the Honolulu Civic Auditorium. Over 1200 fans attended. He assisted Mutsu in many other demonstrations during his visit.

Higashionna's mother resided in Olaa on the Big Island. He visited Hawaii about four times after his 1933 visit, each time meeting and training with Thomas Shigeru Miyashiro and his students. At various times he taught on Oahu, Maui and the Big Island (in Olaa and Kona). Higashionna's photograph appears in James Mitose's 1953 (1947) book entitled What Is Self Defense (Kenpo Jiu-Jitsu), where is is described as a master of Karate Kenpo. Mitose was also originally from the Big Island.

The Hawaii Karate Seinenkai salutes Kamesuke Higashionna and expresses its gratitude to him for coming to Hawaii to spread the art of Karate.

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