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Thank you to all the participants who submitted pictures. Our judges narrowed down the selection to 10 photos for each theme and we are now asking for your help to decide on the best 2.

There are 2 categories to vote on:

Public voting will be conducted from Sept. 14, 2021, 8:00 AM through Sept. 20, 2021, 11:59 PM Hawaii time.

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Contest is open to HUOA members and the public. Prizes will be mailed to Hawaii/USA addresses only.


HUOA Okinawan Festival prize pack.

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 restaurants:


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 9/4/2021 to 9/5/2021. All entries must be received by HUOA by 9/7/2021 (10:00 PM Hawaii Standard Time) and submitted using this link:

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


SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 7, 2021, 11:59 pm HST


COMMITTEE SELECTION: September 8, 2021 - September 13, 2021


PUBLIC ONLINE VOTING: We will invite the public to vote online for their favorite photos.

Public voting will be conducted from September 14, 2021, 8:00 am HST through September 20, 2021, 11:59 pm HST. Visit or to access the voting site. The winners will be notified via email, as described below, and then, announced via HUOA’s social media, Purple Blast and website


ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNERS: Week of September 20, 2021


Winners will be notified by email after the final public voting has taken place, via the email address provided with entry. At the sole discretion of HUOA, disqualification, forfeiture and the selection of an alternate winner may result from any of the following:

  1. Winner's failure to respond to notification within three (3) business days after its transmission.

  2. The return of an email notification as undeliverable after three (3) attempts.


By participating, all participants and winner(s) grant the Hawaii United Okinawa Association exclusive permission to use their names, photographs, voices, submitted photographs, and likenesses in connection with the promotion of this and other contests and waive any claims to royalty, right, or remuneration for such use. We will not share your personal contact information without your permission.


  1. Participant must be the photographer and the sole owner of the photo. By entering the contest, you agree that the submission is your own work.

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

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

  4. 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.

The Hawaii United Okinawa Association reserves the right to change or discontinue the contest at any time and/or to extend the end date.

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