26th HUOA Okinawa Festival in Hawaii

The 26th HUOA Okinawan Festival will be held at Kapiolani Park (Waikiki) on August 30 and August 31, 2008 (Saturday and Sunday).

There will be continuous live performances by entertainers from Okinawa and Hawaii, lots of food booths selling everything from Andagi to huli huli chicken, a cultural booth, craft fair, children's games, and a bon dance.

See schedule below. For maps, program, photos, menus and other information, please see the official website http://www.OkinawanFestival.com

Saturday, August 30, 2008 8:30 am – 9:30 pm
Children’s Games close at 5:00 pm
Most food booths & tents close at 6:00 pm
Okinawa Soba & Andagi Booths open until 8:00 pm

Live Entertainment at Kapiolani Park Bandstand: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Enjoy continuous live performances by entertainers from Okinawa and local Okinawan groups
from Hawaii. Performers from Okinawa include singer and songwriter Mamoru Miyagi, Radio
Okinawa’s Miuta Taisho Grand Prix winner, Tatsuya Shimabukuro & the Tokonatsu Band and
Eguchi Seinin Kai, a dynamic taiko group from Chatan.

Bon Dance at Kapiolani Park Field: 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Pull out your kimono and hapi coats and join the HUOA community at the annual Festival Bon
Dance! Hundreds of participants dance the night away honoring their ancestors. Don’t worry
about not knowing how to bon dance, bon dancing is not only fun, it’s easy to learn!

Sunday, August 31, 2008 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Craft Gallery and Children’s Games close at 4:30 pm
Another great day of continuous live performances by Okinawan groups from Hawaii at the
Kapiolani Park Bandstand. Local taiko, traditional Okinawan dance, sanshin, koto and karate
groups show their stuff on Sunday.

While you’re here, get a taste of Uchinanchu (Okinawan) cuisine and try some onolicous grinds
like pig feet soup, yakisoba, champuru, okidog, andagi and more! Take the children to the
Children’s Games area, where they can play for prizes and have some fun in air filled jumpers.
Learn a little culture and history at the Cultural Tent, pick up the official Okinawan Festival t‐shirts
at the T‐Shirt Tent, walk though Hawaii’s version of Okinawa’s Heiwa Dori to take home specialty
Okinawan food items, to start! You can easily spend both Saturday and Sunday discovering all that
the 26th Okinawan Festival offers!

Park for Free and Ride HUOA’s Okinawan Festival Shuttle Bus for $1
The HUOA’s Okinawan Festival Shuttle Bus will run continuously during the Festival. Park free
Kapiolani Community College and ride roundtrip for $1 in a cool air conditioned bus to Kapiolani
Park. There is a storage compartment on the side of the bus for baby strollers and large bags. In
addition, the bus drivers will happily assist passengers in getting on and off the bus.

Shuttle Drop Off & Pick Up Locations
Kapiolani Community College: Waikiki end, near Diamond Head Road
Kapiolani Park: Monsarrat Avenue

Saturday, August 30: 7:00 am – 10:30 pm
Last departure from Kapiolani Park at 10:30 pm

Sunday, August 31: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Last departure from Kapiolani Park at 6:00 pm

The Okinawan Festival is organized and run by an army of over two thousand volunteers from the HUOA’s
48 member‐clubs and their extended ‘ohana of Uchinanchu and Uchinanchu‐at‐heart. Proceeds from the
Okinawan Festival are used to fund the HUOA’s cultural programs. The first Okinawan Festival was held in
1982 at McCoy Pavilion at Ala Moana Park. In 1990, the 90th anniversary of Okinawan immigration to
Hawaii, the Festival moved to Kapiolani Park, attracting a larger, broader and more ethnically diverse
audience. The move proved to be one of the most successful means of sharing Okinawan culture with
residents and visitors alike. For highlights from last year’s 25th anniversary festivities, visit

The Hawaii United Okinawa Association is the umbrella organization for 48 locality clubs whose members
are descendants of Okinawan immigrants, most of whom settled in Hawaii in the early 1900s. The member
clubs of HUOA are comprised of families whose ancestors immigrated to Hawaii from the same region in
Okinawa. HUOA thus plays an important role in fostering the Okinawan ethnic identity. Today,
membership through the member clubs total over 40,000. The member clubs are organized by shi (city),
cho (township), son (rural township) and aza (small village). For further information, visit the organization’s
website at http://www.huoa.org.