Street Address
94-587 Ukee Street
Waipahu, HI 96797
Mailing Address
94-587 Ukee Street
Waipahu, HI 96797
phone: 808-676-5400
fax: 808-676-7811
e-mail: info@huoa.org
web: www.huoa.org
Hours
Monday - Friday9 AM - 5 PM
Admissions
Free, donations accepted.
Museum Type(s)
Staff
Laura Nakasone, Staff Contact

Description

The Hawaii United Okinawa Association is a very active organization. One of its most visible activities is the annual Okinawan Festival, a two-day extravaganza held at the Kapiolani Park bandstand, featuring Okinawan music, dance and other cultural activities. The Festival provides an opportunity to share the unique Okinawan culture with all of Hawaii’s people in a festive outdoor setting. Often touted as the “largest ethnic Festival in Hawaii,” it is an opportunity to get an up-close look at Okinawan culture and taste Okinawan foods. More than a thousand volunteers are involved in staging the Festival each year. The volunteers, most of them members of the HUOA clubs, spend almost a year planning and organizing the event.

History

The Hawaii United Okinawa Association was established in 1951 as the Hawaii Okinawa Rengo Kai, or United Okinawan Association of Hawaii - and renamed the Hawaii United Okinawa Association (HUOA) in 1995. It serves as the umbrella organization for 50 member clubs statewide. The HUOA is also a charter member of the United Japanese Society of Hawaii.