About Oki Social

Who We Are

Oki Social was founded by Desmond Liang and his wife as an art focus social event business in 2015. In our early days, we partnered with local artists to host social events such as paint night, sea glass jewelry making, etc.

Later our founders discovered an opportunity in creating good quality Okinawa centric artworks and gifts for folks who love and appreciate Okinawa, its people, its natural environment, and its slow island lifestyle.

Where We Are From

Following his passion for art and design, Desmond started to fill the needs for those who were looking for high quality, meaningful, locally produced, Okinawa centric gifts. In talking with many people who love Okinawa, we found that most products in the Okinawa gift market come from overseas, designed and produced by people who have never lived in Okinawa.

During their first year in Okinawa, our founders spent an entire year going around the island to study Okinawa and meet with locals. With a ton of stories and information collected after this year-long exploration, Desmond created the Okinawa Story Map which tells the stories of Okinawa.

Give Before We Take

Selling products has never been the primary mission in Oki Social. Behind the scene, we invest the majority of our profit into supporting the artist community in Okinawa. We host art and business focus workshops to help artists become entrepreneurs. We support our local school’s art event every year since 2016 by bringing artists to the event to host workshop for students. We build a marketplace called Okinawa Creators Fest for artists to showcase their craft as well as reaching out to a wider range of audiences. We believe if we raise members of our community, our community will raise us too.

Why Art? Why Okinawa?

As a form of communication, the beauty of art is that it is capable of reaching the part of the human soul that doesn’t understand words, but it understands feelings, emotions, and connections. When we see a piece of artwork that resonates to our own experience, we feel connected to the artist who created it.

We believe what our audiences are not looking for a painting on the wall. Instead, they crave for the connection with someone who can capture the best of their experience in Okinawa. I am lucky to be in that position.

– Desmond Liang

It is a privilege to be in the position to listen to so many people about their happy stories in Okinawa, and then turn them into art and gifts to spread the magic of Okinawa.

Today, Oki Social is a trusted partner for many local organizations include businesses, charities, and business associations. Our products are sold all over Okinawa and we recently opened an online shop for Okinawa lovers overseas. With your support, we continue to support the local art community every day in Okinawa.

Thank you so much for your time and attention. Thank you for supporting your Okinawa local artist. If you would like to follow our journey and see what we are working on, there are many ways you can interact with us.