Enjoy the Okinawan Festival at home during virtual event from Sept. 4 – 6

Sponsored by Hawaii United Okinawa Association

The Okinawan Festival has been a tradition in Hawaii for 38 years. Although this year will be a little different, you can still experience all the fun of the in-person festivities from the comfort of your own home during the “HUOA Virtual Okinawan Festival – Live from Hawaii,” which will take place from September 4 – 6, 2020 online at okinawanfestival.com.

Despite the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, HUOA recognizes the importance of “Sharing Uchinanchu Aloha” with the community in order to continue its mission of preserving, perpetuating and promoting our Okinawan culture and heritage in Hawaii. The inaugural “HUOA Virtual Okinawan Festival – Live from Hawaii” will enable the association to reach audiences around the world and allow viewers to celebrate all things Okinawan from the comfort and safety of their homes.

On Friday, September 4, 2020 the Virtual Okinawan Festival will begin with a webinar in partnership with the UH Manoa Center for Okinawan Studies celebrating the 120th Anniversary of Okinawan Immigration. The livestream program kicks-off on Saturday, September 5 (2 p.m. – 5 p.m.) and Sunday, September 6 (2 p.m. – 5 p.m.) and will be filled with performances by local Okinawan performing arts groups, special international guests including Jake Shimabukuro, Mamoru Miyagi, Daiichi Hirata, Udui Haru, Requios, and Alberto Shiroma. The show will also feature greetings from special dignitaries, cooking demonstrations, and interviews with HUOA’s member clubs. Saturday evening will also feature a virtual Bon Dance from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. All events are free to participate, but donations to the Hawaii United Okinawa Association are always welcome.

HUOA Virtual Okinawan Festival – Live from Hawaii

Friday 9/4 – 120th Anniversary of Okinawan Immigration Webinar 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Saturday 9/5 – Live Stream program 2:00 – 5:00PM; Virtual Bon Dance 7:00 – 8:00PM

Sunday 9/6 – Live Steam program 2:00 -5:00 PM

The HUOA will also have an online marketplace where people can purchase Okinawan Festival T-shirts, bon dance towels and other favorite items. The Okinawan Festival website will also list restaurants where people can order Okinawan food for take-out to enjoy at home.

The livestream will be easy to watch from the OkinawanFestival.com website, as well as HUOA’s YouTube Channel. For the most up to date information, including a detailed program and items on the online marketplace, visit okinawanfestival.com.