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Hawaii United Okinawa Association's Mission

The Hawaii United Okinawa Association (HUOA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to promote, perpetuate, and preserve the Okinawan culture here in Hawaii. 


It is a huge part of the Hawaii Okinawan community and allows its members to learn about the culture through various educators and practitioners, a central meeting place to share experiences, and a way to connect with Okinawan government, organizations, and its people.  Running an active organization and a meeting place like the Hawaii Okinawa Center comes with a significant expense.


Your donation helps us in our mission to promote, perpetuate, and preserve the Okinawan culture in Hawaii

Where Does My Donation Go?

Annual Giving Campaign - "Preserving Our Legacy"

This campaign helps to support ongoing programs like Sanshin, taiko, Uchinaaguchi, Ichigo Ichie, and Ikebana classes, Children’s Cultural Day Camp, international student exchanges, visits by Okinawa prefectural and municipal government officials,  and Okinawan music, dance, and theatrical presentations.  


Your gift will also help to preserve the Hawaii Okinawa Center (HOC) and its multi-purpose ballroom/theatre, cultural gallery, resource center, and Okinawan-style gardens that are open to the public.  Help us to share Okinawan culture and our facilities with all people by including us in your annual charitable gifting.

Capital Campaign -"Ikuyu Madin"

The Hawaii Okinawa Plaza located directly across the Hawaii Okinawa Center is now open for business! The two-story 16,000 square foot building opened its doors in late 2019 and is now the home to five new tenants.  This accomplishment took years in the making and would not have been possible without the help and support of the over 1,200 donors in Hawaii and Okinawa. To all of our donors, we say, Thank You! Ippee Nifee Deebiru!

Rental income from the Plaza will go to the Hawaii United Okinawa Association to support its many cultural programs as well as the upkeep and capital improvements of the Hawaii Okinawa Center.  Although the Plaza is open for business, donations are still needed and greatly appreciated.  Help us to ensure the success of the Hawaii Okinawa Plaza and secure our future by donating to the HUOA Capital Campaign, "Ikuyu Madin". 

Genealogy Database

Your contribution goes towards supporting the mission of the Okinawan Genealogy Society of Hawaii (OGSH) to encourage and support Okinawans in their search for family histories and lineage and to document their findings. 

Your gift will enable OGSH to continue and expand existing products that support this endeavor through our database enhancements and improvements, our Short Story books for documentation of the histories, and our participation at events and venues that enhances community awareness of the tools available to them to research their ancestral records. 
Your gift also enables OGSH to participate in outreaches to share our knowledge and to strengthen Okinawan relational ties both locally, nationally, and globally.  

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