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Thank you to all the participants who submitted pictures. We received an overwhelming amount of entries. Our judges narrowed down the selection to 10 photos for each theme, and we asked for your help to decide on the best 2.


Ohana means family

Ohana means family

Submitted by Sherry Miyashiro

Ohana means family

Ohana means family

Submitted by Nicki Neimy

Show us your food!

Show us your food!

Submitted by Lori Shinsato

Show us your food!

Show us your food!

Submitted by Leslie Nagamine


HUOA Mask, Bon dance towel, Island Princess Gift Basket or a gift from one of our sponsors.

A total of 4 prizes will be awarded. 2 winners for each theme. Winners will be contacted by email and winning photos will be shared on our website, Uchinanchu Newsletter, and social media channels.


Ohana means family


It is the people that make us who we are. Through this theme, we wish to capture the spirit of Ohana (family) in this year’s festival.

Show us your food


Take a photo of what you are eating or cooking during the virtual Okinawan Festival. Please add the restaurant name and the name or description of the dish. *Note: Feel free to re-plate your take-out.

Here is a listing of places on Oahu that offer Okinawan food or are Okinawan owned:


Photos will be judged on originality, composition, style, and the ability to embody the overall festival theme of “Sharing Uchinanchu Aloha”


  1. Photos must be taken from 9/4/2020 to 9/7/2020. All entries must be received byHUOA by 9/7/2020 (10:00 PM Hawaii Standard Time).

  2. Participant must be the photographer and the sole owner of the photo.

  3. Photo cannot infringe on any copyright, statutory, common law or other rights of any person, entity, firm or corporation.

  4. HUOA shall retain rights to all photos submitted and has the right to use and publish the photos for HUOA related purposes.

  5. Maximum of 2 photos for each theme, submitted per participant

  6. Winners will be announced on our HUOA website and social media channels.

  7. Prizes will be mailed to Hawaii/USA addresses only

  8. Entries must be submitted directly to the following link: *Submission period closed*

  9. For any winning photos in which a person/persons is/are recognizable, you must provide a “model release” from the subject or, in the case of a minor, the subject’s parent or guardian. A sample model release is available here.

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