$2.00 per person, per day (cash only)

  • FREE: Children 12 & under and Seniors 65+

  • No admission charge for volunteers and entertainers

  • Admission only for Festival First Floor, Third Floor does not require admission

  • Proceeds from the Okinawan Festival benefit a myriad of programs including cultural classes and programs held at the Hawaii Okinawa Center, Hawaii-Okinawa Student Exchange Program, Children’s Cultural Day Camp, Senior Health & Wellness Fair, and the Community Service Outreach Picnic

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AUGUST 31 / 9AM - 5PM

Live Entertainment and Activities

Exhibit Floor & 3rd Floor 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Bon Dance 5:30 PM

  • All booths/rooms will close during the Bon Dance, except selected food booths


  • Convention Center parking open from 7AM, cost $10

  • Shuttle from McKinley High School begins at 7AM, roundtrip shuttle cost $3

Convention Center

Doors open at 9AM
Closes at 10PM


  • No pets (except service animals)

  • No hard shell coolers

  • No lawn chairs

  • Bring CASH - scrip booths only accept cash (ATMs available)

Bon Dance

5:30 PM - 9:30 PM

  • Only selected food booths will remain open until 8 PM.

  • All other festival booths/rooms will close at 5 PM. 

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Live Entertainment and Activities

Exhibit Floor & 3rd Floor 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


  • Convention Center parking open from 7AM, cost $10

  • Shuttle from McKinley High School begins at 7AM, roundtrip shuttle cost $3

Convention Center

Doors open at 9:00 AM

Closes at 4:00 PM


  • No pets (except service animals)

  • No hard shell coolers

  • No lawn chairs

  • Bring CASH - scrip booths will only accept cash (ATMs available)

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2 scrip = $1

*Denotes food booths open until 8:00 p.m. during the Bon Dance on Saturday night.



Okinawan deep fried doughnut – a local favorite! (3 pieces per order)

6 scrip


Okinawan version of the corndog; basically, a hot dog on a stick that is dipped into andagi batter and deep-fried. Mmmmmm!

6 scrip

Champuru Plate

If you love Okinawan food, you will love this plate! Sliced vegetables, luncheon meat and deep-fried tofu are stir-fried champuru-style and served with your choice of white or brown rice, shoyu pork and andamisu (a miso sauce cooked with finely chopped pork). New items this year include vegetarian champuru and steamed Okinawan sweet potato.

18 scrip

Vegetarian Champuru Plate

For our vegetarian friends!

14 scrip

Okinawan Sweet Potato (Tumaikuru)

Steamed, purple, okinawan sweet potato...a homestyle favorite! Sold at the Champuru Booth.

11 scrip

Chili & Rice

Chili & rice in a bowl. Sold at the Okidog tent. Chili Frank Plate – Chili & rice plate served with a hot dog. Sold at the Okidog tent.

12 scrip

Chili Frank Plate

16 scrip


A hot dog covered with chili and wrapped in a soft tortilla with shredded shoyu pork and lettuce. So delicious!

18 scrip

Chicken Plate (halves)

Barbeque chicken prepared local style and served with hot rice and corn.

19 scrip

Chicken Only

Barbeque chicken prepared local style.

15 scrip

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Pig's Feet Soup

Pig’s feet cooked in soup stock and garnished with konbu (seaweed), daikon (turnip), togan (squash), and mustard cabbage, served with hot rice. In Uchi-naaguchi (Okinawan language), it’s called ashitibichi and is a traditional family favorite!

24 scrip

Okinawa Soba*

Okinawan-style soba noodles served in hot soup and garnished with kamaboko (fishcake), shoyu pork, green onions and red ginger.

18 scrip


Okinawan-style soba noodles stir-fried with vegetables and luncheon meat, and seasoned with a special chef’s sauce.

13 scrip

Yakitori Stick (each)

Chicken skewers grilled to perfection with teriyaki sauce.

4 scrip

Yakitori Bento

Two chicken skewers with rice and furikake.

12 scrip

Bottled Water, 16 oz.

4 scrip

Bottled Soda, 20 oz.

5 scrip

Hot Coffee

3 scrip

Iced Coffee, Canned

5 scrip

* Food booth open until 8pm

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The Festival


Seating for 600 will be provided to watch the local performing arts groups for odori (dance), koto, sanshin, eisa, taiko, karate students perform on Saturday and Sunday. We have a long list of performers coming from Okinawa! Please see the entertainment program above for more details.


Bring your reusable shopping bags and fill them with fresh, locally grown vegetables, fruits and other delicious treats to eat! Cool down with a refreshing mason jar of plantation tea. Support local businesses and eat local!


Add 2019 to your Okinawan Festival t-shirt collection! The 37th Okinawan Festival T-shirt is available in men’s, tank top, women’s, and youth sizes. Designs will be posted on the website and Facebook.


Children’s Activities include favorite games, Keiki Korner for the little ones (pre-school and under) and new this year - a hands on Lego booth all on the exhibit floor. Upstairs in the “Mura - village”, the whole family can take pictures dressed in Uchina kimono and participate in various interactive exhibits in Bunkwanushima (cultural village) room. Activities from the June Mini-day Camp will be scheduled throughout the weekend. Different photo opportunities are available through- out the festival and village floors.


Discover a fabulous selection of potted plants and flowers for sale, such as orchids, water lilies, succulents, vegetables, and fruits. Find the perfect addition for your houseplant collection and outdoor garden!


Carefully sculptured and designed miniature trees and plants displayed by the members of the Bonsai association are shared at the festival.


The Hawaii Okinawa Plaza is completed and ready for business! Celebrate with us and learn more about this project which helps to secure the financial future of the HUOA. Updates from the HOP committee will be on display and visit with our local and Okinawa partners who helped make this dream come true!


Olelo Community Media has been a longtime partner of the Hawaii United Okinawa Association. Learn about all the different classes and skills you can learn through Olelo and learn how to take better photos and video on your own device. Sign up for Olelo classes and you too can be part of our HUOA video crew!


Enjoy an ice-cold Orion Beer or Awamori cocktail! 

Open Saturday 8/31 - 11:00am – 5:00pm, then relocate bar closer to the Bon Dance 5:30pm – 9:00 pm

Open Sunday  9/1 - 11:00am – 3:00pm


Cash or credit cards only.  No scrips


Orion Beer $8.75

Chili Pepper Awamori Gimlet $9.00

Kona Coffee Awamori Cocktail $9.00 

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The Mura - Village

on the third floor


Room 311
Experience Hawaii’s version of Okinawa’s famous Heiwa
Doori (marketplace in Naha). Specialty foods from Okinawa will be on sale, such as konbu (dried kelp), goya-cha (bitter melon tea), Okinawa soba noodles, andagi mix, shikwasa (Okinawan lemon-lime) juice, kokuto (black sugar candy) and more.


Room 313 A &B
Explore a wide array of wonderful original arts and crafts by local artisans and crafters.


Room 316A
Cultural Village - Improve your knowledge of Okinawan culture! The Cultural Village features a variety of displays and activities highlighting Okinawan culture, including musical instruments, calligraphy, Shimakutuba (Okinawan language), and kimono and 
paranku dressing and picture taking (available for a fee). This year, we will have a special feature on Okinawan tattoos with a special book signing with Lee Tonouchi and Laura Kina - author and illustrator of "Okinawan Princess - Da Legend of Hachiji Tattoos." We will also have historical insight into why women's hands were tattooed and you can have your own hands tattooed too!

Schedule - Book signing & Performances (download PDF)


Room 312

Yuimaaru means “Communities supporting one another” is the core part of our Okinawan community. Learn about the history and legacy of the Hawaii Okinawan community and what makes it so special. Exhibits will tell the stories of the Hawaii Okinawan Restaurant Project, which showcases the many restaurants owned by Okinawan families in Hawaii, the Battle of Okinawa, Pigs from the Sea, and the Okinawa Prefectural Peace Museum. Storyteller Alton Takiyama Chung will bring to life the stories of the Himeyuri and the Pigs from the Sea. Step back in time to discover the roots of the Hawaii Okinawan community! See Schedule


Room 317A

Join us as you journey to find your roots.  Our immigrant data base contains 19,000 records and covers Okinawan immigrant information from 1900-1925.  We will have representatives from Okinawan Prefectural Library (OPL) who are able to tap into their vast records for finding relatives in Okinawa. You can also come and learn about the one and only Serikaku Sashiki Flyer “Made-in-Hawaii” airplane from Waipahu.  We’ll have a fun “make-and-take” airplane for the young children. Love to learn and read?  Come and browse and buy our “Short Story Books” filled with stories of our Issei, Nissei and Sansei life experiences and situations both in Hawaii and Okinawa.  We also have a “Beginner’s Guidebook” for genealogy research.  Come check us out in Room 317A on the 3rd floor. 

Download the Genealogy Request Form


Room 315
Explore Okinawa through the Okinawa Visitors and Convention Bureau’s colorful display of places to explore and visit. Talk story with members of Hawaii Okinawa Creative Arts and their shisa! Opportunity to get a real sanshin from an authentic sanshin shop!


Room 314

Learn about the Hawaii United Okinawan Association's (HUOA) events, clubs, classes, and programs.  Learn about membership opportunities and find out how you can get involved! HUOA gift shop items and selected Okinawan artifacts from local families will be available for sale with proceeds going to specific HUOA programs.


Room 313C

Movies for the whole family to enjoy!

Saturday 8/31

9:15 am - 11:16 am Jimami Tofu . (121 min)

11:20 am - 12:30 pm Pigs from the Sea (70 min)

12:35 pm - 2:11 pm Ryujin Mabuyer (96 min)

2:15 pm - 2:41 pm Family Ingredients (26 min)

2:45 pm - 4:46 pm Jimami Tofu (121 min)


Sunday 9/1

9:15 am - 10:25 am Pigs from the Sea (70 min)

10:30 am - 12:06 Ryujin Mabuyer (96 min)

12:10 pm - 12:36 Family Ingredients (26 min) 

12:41 pm - 2:42 Jimami Tofu (121 min)

2:45 pm - 3:55 pm Pigs from the Sea (70 min) 


Room 317B
Hospitality room for volunteers. 

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Ryukyu Sokyoku Koyo Kai Hawaii Shibu

Derek Fujio, President | Jane Kaneshiro, Sozan Kai | Bonnie Miyashiro, Soho Kai | Yamashiro Yoneko, Sokyoku Kenkyu Kai | Yasuko Arakawa, Aki no Kai | Toyoko Toma, Sokyo Kai | Kazuko Ito, Sokyoku Kyoshitsu

9:30 AM

Ryukyu Koten Ongaku Nomura Ryu Ongaku Kyokai Hawaii Shibu

Seiichi Yagi, Chapter President

9:55 AM

Hawaii Taiko Kai

Terry Higa, Instructor

10:20 AM

Opening Procession

Chondara, Shishimai, VIPs, Paranku, HUOA flags

10:50 AM

Paranku Clubs of Hawaii

Jane Tateyama, President

11:05 AM

Formal Opening Ceremony

Jo Ige, HUOA President | Governor Ige | Mayor Kirk Caldwell | Counsul General | UJSH President

11:20 AM

Brandon Ing & Yuttai Kwattai

Brandon Ing

11:45 AM

Ryusei Honryu Ryuko Kai

Teacher and Artistic Director Mitsuko Toguchi Nakasone, Kaishu

12:00 PM

Yui Buyo SuiShin Kyogi Kai Hawaii Shibu

Misako Yagi, Shibucho

12:25 PM

Hawaii Okinawa Creative Arts

Jon Itomura, President & Eric Nitta, Vice President

12:50 PM

Hooge Ryu Hana Nuuzi no Kai Nakasone Dance Academy

Lynne Yoshiko Nakasone, Grand Master and Director

1:20 PM

Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii

Founder and Regional Director, Akemi Martin, Sensei

1:50 PM

Jimpu Kai U.S.A. Kin Ryosho Ryukyu Geino Kenkyusho

Cheryl Yoshie Nakasone, Instrructor and Shibu Cho

2:25 PM

Matsukawa Ikuko Chorus Group

Aiko Maeshiro, Group Leader

3:00 PM

Shorin-Ryu Hawaii Seibukan

Masakazu Teruya, Kancho

3:25 PM

Ryukyu Koten Afuso Ryu Ongaku Kenkyuu Choichi Kai Hawaii

Grant "Sandaa" Murata, Chapter President

3:50 PM


4:50 PM

Opening & Welcome

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5:30 PM

Young Okinawans of Hawaii

Brandon Ing / Collin Hoo

5:35 PM

Iwakuni Odori Aiko Kai

Gregg Nakayama, President | Marion Kanemori, Vice-President and Dance Committee Chair

6:40 PM

Hawaii Shin Kobukai

Betty Dela Cuesta, Head Instructor

7:15 PM

Aiea Taiheiji Yagura Gumi

Todd Imamura, President

7:50 PM

Hawaii Eisa Shinyuu Kai

Melissa Uyeunten

8:25 PM


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9:25 PM

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Kilauea Okinawa Dance Group

Toshiko Neumann, Leader

9:30 AM

Hawaii Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Karate Association

Mitchell Shimamura, Sensei

9:50 AM

HUOA Ichigo Ichi E Class

Derek Asato, Sensei

10:15 AM

Hui Okinawa Kobudo Taiko

Troy Sakihara, Leader

10:40 AM

Radio Okinawa's 2019 Miuta Taisho Winner: Champu Ryu Geino Dan

11:15 AM

Azama Akemi Ryubu Kenkyujo Hawaii Shibu Nomura Ryu Dento Ongaku Kyokai Hawaii

Allison Yanagi, Saikosho

11:50 AM

Chinagu Eisa Hawaii

Devin Kawamura, President

12:25 PM

Nidaime Teishin Kai Hawaii Shibu & HUOA Sanshin Class

Ryosei Oshiro, Sensei

1:00 PM

Tamagusuku Ryu Senju Kai - Frances Nakachi Ryubu Dojo

France Nakachi Kuba, Artistic Director; special appearance by Azama Honryu Seifu Ichisen Kai USA Mototake Kinuko Ryubu Kenkyujo

1:45 PM

Yomitan Tokeshi Shishimai Hozonkai (Society of Traditional Yomitan Tokeshi Shishimai Preservation)

Kiyoshi Kobashigawa

2:30 PM

Okinawa Minyo Kyokai Hawaii & Urizun Minyo Group

Tribute to Derek Ichiro Shiroma, Sensei

3:10 PM


3:40 PM

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