Hawaii Karate Seinenkai
The Hawaii Karate Seinenkai Salutes:
Seishin Uehara
1901 - 1956

Seishin Uehara was born in Motobu, Okinawa. He studied Karate while growing up in Okinawa and came to Hawaii at the age of 13. Along with Mizuho Mutsu and Kamesuke Higashionna, who visited Hawaii in August 1933, he was one of the founding Shihan of the Hawaii Karate Seinenkai. He also taught and trained with Thomas Shigeru Miyashiro. Uehara and Miyashiro assisted Mutsu and Higashionna during their visit to Hawaii, and continued to teach in Honolulu after the pair returned to Japan.

Seishin Uehara referees an Okinawan sumo match in Honolulu on October 17, 1948. Photo courtesy of his family.

Uehara is perhaps best known for his active role as a referee of Okinawan Sumo. While Karate training was generally private, Sumo was a source of great pride in the Okinawan community. At public gatherings and picnics, the strongest young men would inevitably engage in Sumo matches, often under the watchful eye of Uehara. Unfortunately, Uehara passed away at the age of 55 in 1956.

Prior to the reestablishment of the Hawaii Karate Seinenkai, Mrs. Uehara's permission was requested and generously given. The Seinenkai wishes to thank the Uehara family for its support and salutes the life and accomplishments of a truly great man, Seishin Uehara.

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