AWARDS, SCHOLARSHIPS & GRANTS
|HUOA Uchinanchu of the Year Award
Hawaii United Okinawa Association wishes to express its heartfelt appreciation to the following individuals who have contributed unselfishly to the success of their respective clubs and organizations. Click on corresponding year for Uchinanchu of the Year Awardees.
|HUOA Legacy Award
Hawaii United Okinawa Association honors distinguished individuals for their outstanding achievements and contributions to our Uchinanchu and Hawaii communities. They have applied the essence of such endearing Okinawan expressions as chimugukuru and yuimaaruu. As leaders and cultural masters, our honorees have performed meritorious services that have enriched our lives and improved the welfare of our communities. Click on corresponding year for Legacy Award honorees.
Hui O Laulima Cultural Grants
Hui O Laulima has provided grants to individuals and organizations in our local Okinawan community with the greatest potential for the preservation, promotion, and perpetuation of the Okinawan culture. This year, a total of $6,500 was awarded to seven applicants. Click here for grant recipients.
2010 Cultural Grant Application deadline is 8/31/2009. Click here for more information.
|Hui Makaala Scholarship
2008 Hui Makaala Scholarship Winners - congratulations to Sarah Fong, Ai Kobashigawa, Case Miyahira, Rendi-Ann Nagata, Marlene Shimamura, Ellise Uyema, Liane Yoshitsugu. See Hui Makaala's newsletter or visit Hui Makaala's website. Scholarships range from $2,000 to $2,500, and are awarded to graduating high school seniors going to four year colleges.
Okinawa Prefectural Government Junior Study Tour
Junior Study Tour Dates: July 15 to 27, 2010
The OPG Junior Study Tour program invites junior high school students from around the world to participate in a two week study tour. In 2009, only six participants nominated by Okinawan kenjinkai across North America (including Hawaii) are invited, with the remainder spots open to those from other countries. HUOA received a request from OPG to nominate one student. To apply, students must be between 15-17 years of age whose parents are members of a HUOA Club. Additional qualifications apply. The final selection of participants will be made by OPG. Information and Application
|Okinawa Prefectural Government Performing
2007 winner Mina Tamashiro
Okinawa Prefecture Home Stay Opportunity
Program dates: January 26 - February 5, 2011
Another opportunity to learn and experience Okinawa - Okinawa Prefectural Government's Home Stay Program seeks to prompt two-way exchange activities between young Okinawan and young Okinawan descendents overseas through home stay. This program seeks to promote international understanding within the prefecture, revitalize Uchina communities abroad, and develop the worldwide Uchina-network. If you are a student younger than 25 in high school or college and would like to apply for a home stay in Okinawa, please download and complete the application.
|HUOA With Love From Lorraine Cultural Grant
Cultural Grant Program established to students pursue certification in Okinawa for their art form. Applications are available through qualified Okinawan performing arts school. Congratulations to Sandra Uyehara and Darcy Gibo as the 2008 recipients of the With Love from Lorraine Cultural Grant!