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Okinawan People and Culture in Hawaii

Information about Okinawan events, organizations, and resources in Hawaii. Includes information about the Hawaii Okinawan Festival on Oahu, the Haari Boat Festival on the Big Island of Hawaii, the Hawaii United Okinawa Association, and community Okinawan clubs in Hawaii plus Okinawan performers, cookbooks and arts in Hawaii.

Okinawan Events in Hawaii

Haari Boat Festival

Hawaii Okinawan Festival
The Okinawan Festival of Hawaii takes place every year in Honolulu's Kapiolani Park and it attracts more then 50,000 visitors. Proceeds from the festival benefit the Hawaii United Okinawa Association's efforts to preserve and promote the sharing of Okinawan culture.

Okinawan Organizations in Hawaii

Hawaii United Okinawa Association (HUOA)
This organization founded in 1951 serves as an hub for about 50 member clubs throughout the state of Hawaii. The Hawaii United Okinawa Association is a charter member of the United Japanese Society of Hawaii.

WUB Hawaii
Official Web site of the Hawaii chapter of the Worldwide Uchinanchu Business Association.

Hawaii Okinawa Center
The Hawaii United Okinawa Association is based at the Hawaii Okinawa Center, a facility located on 2.5 acres in Gentry Waipio Business Park. (94-587 Ukee Street in Waipahu. Phone: 808-676-5400)

Okinawan Clubs and Cultural Groups in Hawaii
- Hui Okinawa
- Hui Makaala
- Young Okinawans of Hawaii

More About Okinawan Culture in Hawaii

Chimugukuru: Okinawan Mixed Plate II
This Okinawan cookbook by Betty Shimabukuro was produced by Hui O Laulima, the women's auxiliary of the United Okinawan Association of Hawaii. The first edition sold more then 10,000 copies and it earned more then $80,000 for the group's cultural activities.
- 2nd Edition: Published in 2008
- 1st Edition: Published in 2000

Ukwanshin Kabudan
Ryukyu and Okinawan performance troupe based in Hawaii.

Traditional Art:
Okinawan Bingata by Yusuke Yokoi
Article about a Honolulu exhibit of the stencil-dyed textiles produced by textile artist Yusuke Yokoi.

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