Okinawan Festival


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.
2019 2018 2017          
2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001
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.
2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012        
2009 2007 2005 2003
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.

2020 Cultural Grant Application deadline is July 31, 2020. Click here for information and application
Hui Makaala Scholarship
Visit Hui Makaala's website for the latest update on the awarding of these scholarships to students going to college.
Okinawa Prefectural Government Scholarship Application
Okinawan Prefectural Government offers a scholarship for young persons of Okinawan descent an opportunity to learn about Okinawan culture and other subjects of interest so that they can return to their communities and share what they have learned and experienced. Selected individuals will study at University of the Ryukyus or the Okinawan Prefectural Art Institute (Geidai). This annual award includes air transportation, tuition, books, room and board. For more information, please contact HUOA at 676-5400 or email to

Deadline for 2012 scholarship is June 30, 2010.
Guideline & Information
Application Form:  Word doc    Adobe PDF
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 Arts Scholarship
2007 winner Mina Tamashiro
posted 5/14/07

Okinawa Prefecture Government symbolOkinawa 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!
posted 10/14/08