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TTA 2022 Tentative Event Schedule

Click to view listing completed 2022 activities

Date Day Time (HST) Event Location

10/02/22 Sunday 10:00 am - Noon 4th Qtr GMM & Regency Park Rec Rm

Nominating Committee Election.

10/16/22 Sunday 1:30 pm-2:30 pm Hakka Class Zoom

11/06/22 Sunday 10:00 am-12:00 pm 6th Board Meeting TBD

11/12/22 Saturday 10:00 am-4:00 pm Mahjong Workshop Regency Park Rec Rm

11/19/22. Saturday 12:00 Noon Webinar (registration link) Zoom

Through the Ages: Historic Honolulu Chinatown

11/20/22 Sunday 10:00 a - 1:00p General Election Meeting TBD

11/27/22 Sunday 1:30 pm-2:30 pm Hakka Class Zoom

12/04/22 Sunday 10:00 am-2:00 pm Annual Assembly Meeting & Clubhouse (?)

Christmas Party

12/11/22 Sunday 1:30 pm-2:30 pm Hakka Class Zoom



By Gary R. Coover — an Illustrated Zoom Webinar with Q&A

Sponsored by the Tsung Tsin Association of Hawaii

Saturday, November 19, 2022, 12noon Hawaiian Standard Time, 2 P.M. Pacific (California) Standard Time/5 P.M. Eastern Standard Time

Sunday, Nov 20, 6 A.M. Guangzhou & Singapore

Honolulu’s Chinatown as been the major focal point of commerce from the early days of Honolulu and has been in a constant state of change and metamorphosis, sometimes gradual, sometimes drastic. It represents a mixed plate of cultures, and closely reflects the many waves of human immigration to Hawaii. In what is expected to be an extremely compelling and fascinating webinar, it will take a look at the past, present and future of Honolulu's Chinatown, all through the lens of the Tsung Tsin Association clubhouse building, which celebrates it's 107-year birthday in 2023. A Question & Answer period will follow the presentation.

Gary R. Coover was previously trained as a licensed civil engineer and has always had an interest in building design and the people that had a hand in creating it. In his recently published book, Honolulu Chinatown: 200 Years of Red Lanterns & Red Lights, he has done some extensive historical research into hundreds of historical buildings in Honolulu's Chinatown from the turn of the 19th Century to the present day.


To register, go to

Please enroll early. Limited to the first 1,000 participants, however a live stream to YouTube will be available if exceeds capacity. No live Q&A available via YouTube.


Learn conversation Hakka in this enjoyable and educational series of six (6) online zoom classes, taught by our member and native Hakka speaker Jade Penn. All classes will be held on a Sunday and run approximately 60 minutes and might run up to 90 minutes. Start time: 1:30pm

Zoom Meeting, Meeting ID: 857 3635 6792, Passcode: 924324

Direct link:

1. February 20, 2022 2. March 20, 2022 3.April 24, 2022 4. May 29, 2022 5. August 7, 2022. 6. Sep 11, 2022

6. Oct 16, 2022

Click to view - 31st World Hakka Conference page with video clips

Tai Chi Exercise Basics

TTA 3rd GMM - July 31 2022

Great article on TTA member

Members and Guests:

The feature article Generations magazine (Jul/Aug 2022) provides a great article about Dr. Willian "Bill" Won, a Tsung Tsin Associatin member for many years.

Direct access the feature article

Complete Generations Jul/Aug magazine

lantern festival presentationFeb2022-JP2.ppsx

Chinese New Year

Slides shown @ TTA GMM " 2/13/2022.

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Use links to view specific topics

Message from the President

Happy Chinese New Year of the Tiger !

It is my honor to serve as your President for Tsung Tsin Association. I joined in 2017 and was recruited by Benedict and Lynn Duong who I knew from Boy Scouts as their son and my sons were in scouting in the same troop. I have served first as a committee member for the Scholarship Committee in 2018 and in 2019 I was asked to be the Scholarship Chair. In 2020 and 2021, I was the 1st Vice President under the administration of Gary Wong.

2022 Goals: My number 1 goal for Tsung Tsin Association as the President this year is to increase our membership. I would also like to bring back the activities for our general membership meetings (GMM) and “continue the education” of our members on the Hakka culture. We would like to hold Hakka classes and possibly have a mahjong workshop. However, we are still in a pandemic so these activities might be done by Zoom conferencing. Please check the Tsung Tsin website for details. I have attached a tentative Calendar of Events for the next six months.

Administrative: Ongoing administrative projects are updating our Bylaws, updating our Policies and Procedures and I would like to start a communication tree whereby Board members will be calling our members individually reminding them of upcoming activities.

Clubhouse Repairs: The other big task we will try to do this year is to repair our building as you know the club is over 101 years old and the building needs to be repaired. We have been doing repairs as needed, but this year we have a major project which is to repair the roof which will take a lot of funds. If the membership would like to donate to the building fund, please send a check to us as any amount will be appreciated.

Calendar of Events: The Board of Directors has planned an exciting tentative Calendar of Events (subject to the pandemic) and we hope that we can accomplish everything this year. Our first general membership meeting is on Sunday, February 13, 2022, and we will celebrate Chinese New Year by a Zoom meeting. Please check the Tsung Tsin website for the details. I have attached the tentative Calendar of Events for the next six months.

Note: If you need help with Zoom conferencing equipment/requirements, please let us know and we can conduct a workshop where potential participants can learn how to use Zoom.

For the near term, Zoom conferencing is the only practical means we have available to gather the membership and remain in compliance with the changing government rules/restrictions and common sense avoidance of potentially “spreader gatherings”.

Outreach: We’ve established a new committee to help any member who wants to share something with the membership. Would you like to do a Hakka cooking event where you share some of your recipes? How about photos from your last trip to China when you went searching for your ancestral villages? Or even more ambitious, you want to do a Zoom presentation on a topic close to your heart? Outreach will handle all of the details while you do the talking. For more details, contact Ghary Won, our 2nd Vice President at and he'll get back to you.

COVID-19 Protocols: Please watch the news for the latest update on this virus outbreak and if you do not need to go out, please stay at home and be safe and if you do need to go out, please wear your masks and practice good hygiene habits and social distancing. We all need to cooperate so we can contain this deadly virus and keep our family, friends, and community safe.

I look forward to getting to know more of our membership on a personal basis. I would love to hear all your ideas that will make Tsung Tsin Association a better organization. Please feel free to contact me anytime either by email ( or text (808) 341-7592 if you have any questions or just call me at home at (808) 734-6160. I will normally respond back to you within the same day. Thank you for believing in me and my new Board of Directors and I will do my best for this organization to the best of my abilities.

Thank you.

Edwina Lee, President


Dr. Oliver M. Lee Scholarship

2022 Scholarships have been awarded.


2023 scholarship details will be announced in the 4th quarter, 2022.

The Tsung Tsin Association of Honolulu, Hawaii is a IRS 501(c)(4) non profit organization with the mission to promote the exchange of knowledge among the Hakka peoples, develop a spirit of cooperation among the Hakka in Hawaii and throughout the world, and promote education, charity and benevolence.

Information, details and application information can be viewed and downloaded from the scholarship page.


Message from the President

To my fellow Hakka Family: It has been an Honor and a Privilege to have served you as President these past 2 years.

The Year of the Rat started out great as we celebrated Choy Chen and "Night in Chinatown." We physically had Board and General Meetings with Guest Speakers and a cooking demonstration. Even were visited by a contingent of Hakka Professors from various Taiwanese Universities.

Covid-19 put a halt to everything. Even through the Year of the Ox. Sadly, some of our Elders passed away during those times.

We all miss our social gatherings and cultural events including our yearly Banquets.

We had many wonderful things planned, but alas. LIFE IS IMPORTANT. Our concern is YOUR LIVES. Taking care of our Health and Well-Being is No. 1. The added problem of the homeless made it further unsafe to be in Chinatown. Our Board and Committees still worked tirelessly on your behalf, conducting business even thru Zoom Meetings.

Times have changed. Luckily, new Technology is in our hands.

Our talented Board had produced the "I Am Hakka” Video that you can view on YouTube. We had 2 Webinars entitled “Generational Roots: Parts I and II.” Also on YouTube and on this Website. Some people who saw it contacted TTA and were surprised and happy to discover that their relatives were members and eagerly joined our Society.

We participated in the Community by volunteering at the Chinatown Clean-up.

We continued donating monies to various Charities including the Hawaii Foodbank, Mun Lun School, The Palolo Chinese Home and the Hawaii Chinese History Center.

We awarded 3 $1,000 Scholarships for the coming year to the best students who applied.

Did you know that our building is registered on The Hawaii Historical List? it is over 100 years old. Being that old comes with constant maintenance. For instance, the recent rainstorm leaked into our beloved building. We need your help. Please help and contact us.

Our Board and Committee members have been doing everything to see us through the Future. They have completed many projects. Some still on-going.

Hakka people have in their DNA a “NO GIVE UP” Attitude. A Team Work Spirit. They’re very Positive and Adapt to Anything. And that is why, ONLY, THE HAKKA PEOPLE ARE FOUND THROUGH-OUT THE WORLD! No other Chinese people can say that. We are humble and hard-working people. WE NEVER GIVE UP!

Our Ancestors and Founding Members sacrificed a lot for us to continue to promote the Cultural, Education, Social and Family Values of Our Society. Let us continue this Tradition.

I would like to leave with you an insight from a conversation we had with one of the visiting Taiwanese Hakka Professors. He said that you can always tell if a person is Hakka by looking at their small toes. The nails appears to have been “broken” or split, then re-healed itself thickly like a “scar.” I have that. Please check your nails.

Stay Well, Healthy and Safe. An Tor Siah. Mahalo Nui Loa.

Gary Wong, President 2020 and 2021

Part 1 - Hawaii

Part 2 - California

TTA Webinar

Migration of the 19th Century Hakka and Cantonese people to America.




Sat, August 14 - Part I: Hawaii,

Sat, August 21 - Part II: California


The fascinating 2-part webinar series about the migration of the 19th Century Hakka and Cantonese people to America. Part I presented on Saturday, August 14, looks at the Chinese that emigrated to Hawaii and their early experiences there. Then in Part II on Saturday, August 21, we will examine those who settled in California. Dr. Brian Dervin Dillon will share some fascinating little known stories of how these two historical paths were so different, offering us further clues in our search for our origins.

Presented by the Tsung Tsin Association of Honolulu in conjunction with the California Family History Group of Southern California (CFHGSC) and the Bay Area Chinese Genealogy Group (BACGG).

Should you have any questions, please contact Ghary Won at

Night in Chinatown

Jan 17, 2020

Past TTA GM Meeting Notes

TTA Annual Assembly Meeting, Sunday Dec 15, 2019

Planning - Initial general membership events for 2020

  • Jan 17, 5-9p, TTA "Open House", Night in Chinatown, Jan 17 Chinese New Year....CHOY CHEN. With Food, Firecrackers & Narcissus Court Visitation

  • Feb 16, 10:30a, Clubhouse, 1st Quarter General Membership Meeting


TTA General Election Meeting, Sunday Nov 16, 2019, TTA Clubhouse

Planning for Annual Assembly Dec 15.

Election of 2020 Officers

Initial Planning for TTA Open House, 17 Jan, Night in Chinatown,

Cooking demonstration (Steamed Mochi Rice): by Mei Li Leff Taiwan Hakka Association


Notes from TTA 4th Qtr Meeting, Sunday Oct 12, 2019, @ TTA Clubhouse

Election of Nominating Committee -

Anita Wong (Chair), Edwina Lee (Sec), Gary Wong, Linford Chang

Overview of Mid Autumn Banquet finances

Announcement of 2nd TTA scholarship for 2020


Kieron McCartney/Wing Lai on Medicare in regard to changing laws/regulations and programs, in the context of the various providers in Hawaii, (Lifecare Group 808-728-4380)


Notes from TTA 3rd Qtr Meeting, Sunday, July 14, 10:30 @ TTA Clubhouse

Special Presentation by Dr. Morris Lai

Finding your personal Hakka roots.

Click to access/view or download -- Dr. Morris Lai's 22 sheet handout

Additional references provided by Dr. Lai

-- Chinese Exclusion Index listing 60,000 provided by Dr Lai.

Line numbers have been added for the viewer's reference.

Note: This is 12 meg file. Download and view with EXCEL.

-- Chinese of Hawaii, 2 vol publication, (published in 1929 and 1936).

pdf downloadable files

Note: These are large files, vol 1, 222 mb and vol 2, 112mb.


United Chinese Society

The United Chinese Society (UCS) of Hawaii is the umbrella organization for Chinese organizations in the State of Hawaii. It's website includes listings of more than 100 member organizations/officers, and calendar of events that may be of interest to our members and others in the Chinese community. Projects include the annual recognition of Ching Ming, selection of: Model Chinese Mother, Father and Citizen of the Year, plus, the organization of the United Congress Picnic. The UCS also maintains an Immigration Center for the purpose of providing free immigration services to the general community.



As part of its 100+ anniversary Tsung Tsin Association will focus on Hakka music—its history and its impact. To this end an interest group on Hakka music is being formed under the guidance of Dr. Yuanyu Kuan of UH-Manoa. Dr. Kuan teaches Asian Studies and Music.

Activity Fee Reminder

Your annual support is appreciated !

The annual $5 activity fee helps to defray operating costs of the TTA

Tsung Tsin Association

Dr. Oliver M. Lee Scholarship Awarded to Jennifer Wong, June 2, 2019

Installation of 2019 Officers, Dec 2 2018

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival September 16, 2018

TTA 3rd Qtr Meeting - July 22, 2018

Forshang Gardens

Joint meeting with the Taiwan Hakka Association &

Hakka cooking class by TTA member Lynette Lo Tom

Hakka Dinner, July 7, 2018

TECO CG's Visit to TTA, June 2, 2018

2nd Quarter Meeting, May 20, 2018, UH-Manoa, Moore Hall

2018 Scholarship Awarded to Courtney Choy, (May 20. 2018)

Dr. Nancy Whitman, President, Courtney Choy, Michael Tsang, Scholarship Chair

Spring Banquet March 18, Jade Dynasty

TTA 1st Qtr Meeting, Feb, 2018 @ Honolulu Museum of Art Tour

Taiwan Hakka Visit to TTA-HI

Night in Chinatown. Feb 9, 2018

Classes @ TTA

  • How to "Restore Legacy/Scrapbook Photos with Digital Technology" (using Adobe Photoshop), Part 2, Date TBD,

  • The late Dr. Oliver Lee's conversational Hakka class notes/handouts, (1-6) are posted. Click to view

Parts 1, California, Introduction and 2, Hawaii, Conclusion are available, as a set at the Tsung Tsin Association.

Chinese History in California and Hawaii

The present study is a ground-breaking comparison of Chinese ethnohistory, both Punti and Hakka, in three widely-separated places: South China, the Hawaiian Islands, and California. Its focus is both chronologically early and non-urban, or rural. It was written by three generations of scholars, two historians and one archaeologist, within a single family.