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(ō′kĭ-nä′wən, -nou′-)
1. A native or inhabitant of Okinawa.
2. The Japonic language traditionally spoken by the Okinawans.

O′ki·na′wan adj.
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In what may be MTMC's biggest community relation's event ever, some 40,000 Okinawan citizens visited the 835th Transportation Battalion's Naha Military Pier on May 8-11.
On humans, however, results have been debatable, and very few long-term tests have been done so far, which is why the Okinawan study has also ignited such interest.
On Saturday, Japanese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Takeo Akiba urged US Ambassador in Tokyo William Hagerty to express protest over the murder of an Okinawan woman by a US serviceman.
Tamaki said the central and Okinawan governments remained divided on the base relocation, and that he wants US involvement in resolving the issue.
Currently, they offer three items on their menu: Fried Okinawan Sweet Potato Mochi, Spam Musubi and Vegan Spam Musubi, but they are in the process of expanding their menu.
And yesterday's 40 Okinawan visitors of the Nikkei Jin Kai Museum saw them all.
Various cruise lines are already planning routes between Taiwanese ports and Okinawan islands.
What's more, the popular Super Eisa Performance is held daily at regular time slots, so you can watch the amazingly energetic performance which showcases traditional performing arts and the heartwarming spirit of the Okinawan people.
Over six million of them hie off to the Okinawan islands for their bit of sun and sand every year, making it the country's top domestic destination-Japan's Boracay, as it were.
In this tofu factory, they have been making famous Okinawan Shima Tofu using a traditional method of squeezing crushed soybeans and cooking it in a traditional cooking pot called Chigama.
The Okinawan food culture is the product of cultural synthesis with a heavy influence from Chinese food culture, trade with other countries in South East Asia, and the Pacific Islands, and also a strong Japanese influence.