Okinawan Festival

Summer Okinawan Cultural Day Camp for Children (2018)

an event sponsored in part by

the State Foundation of Culture & Arts and Hawaii United Okinawa Association

Dates are subject to change. Contact HUOA for updates.



“Warabi Ashibi” - Children at Play 

Camps scheduled for all major Islands – Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Hawaii

From the island of Kauai to east side of the Big Island – the sounds of our Okinawan music will be heard throughout the state in the month of June.  Children will be able to enjoy the beauty and uniqueness of our culture.  This year it may take the form of Eisa drumming, Kobudo-styled drumming, sanba playing, or Okinawan dance our culture will be shared.

“Warabi Ashibi” is an Okinawan term meaning “children at play.”  The spirit of this theme has governed the Hawaii United Okinawa Association’s Okinawan Cultural Summer Day Camp Program for Children.  The program is designed to teach children about the Okinawan culture and heritage in a fun learning atmosphere. 

Campers (children from the ages of 8 to 13) are introduced to Okinawan history, dance, language, drumming, martial arts, crafts, flower arrangement, cooking and plantation games.  Projects are designed to provide a hands-on fun and educational experience for the participants and will vary from camp to camp. Camps select the curriculum that best suits their participants and community.

“Warabi Ashibi” was first established in 1996 by the Hawaii United Okinawa Association for Oahu. The program is now offered statewide with the assistance from neighbor island Okinawan clubs and a financial grant from the State of Hawaii, State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

 According to State Director Karen Kuba-Hori, “It is such a joy and very inspirational to see our children embrace our Okinawan culture.” This year two of our camps will be facing new challenges as their normal venues will be changing. Hilo will be moving to Higashi Hongwanji and Kauai is still looking for an appropriate location.

For additional and updated information, please call the HUOA office at 676-5400 or email at


Listing of Camps and General Information:

Location: Hawaii Okinawa Center
Date of Camp: June 5 - 8, 2018
(sleepover at the Hawaii Okinawa Center scheduled on Thursday)
Hours: Tuesday – Thursday: 8:30am to 2:30pm
Friday: 8:30am – noon.
Coordinating Club: Hui O Laulima
Directors: Connie Chun and Kate Ardona
Registration: $100 (discount for multi-child households)
Number of Kids: 80
Ages: 8 years to 13 years of age
Contact: Karen Kuba-Hori, (808) 676-5400
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Location: Maui Okinawa Culture Center
Date of Camp: June 5 - 8, 2018
Hours: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Coordinating Clubs: Maui Okinawa Kenjin Kai and Maui Ryukyu Culture Group
Directors: Elaine Fujita and Christine Hondo
Registration: $95 for MOKK members; $120 for non-members,
includes one year MOKK membership.
(Discount for multi-child households)
Number of Kids: 30
Ages: Entering 1st grade – 8th grade
Contact: MOKK, (808)242-1560
MOKK, P O Box 1884, Wailuku 96793

Hawaii – Hilo
Location: Higashi Hongwanji Hilo
Date of Camp: June 10 - 15, 2018
(Excursion scheduled for Thursday – with a Wednesday Fun Night)
Hours: 8:00am – 2:30pm
Coordinating Club: Hui Okinawa
Registration: $100 (discount for multi-child households)
Number of Kids: 48
Ages: 8 years to 13 years of age
Director: Dwayne Miyashiro
Contact: Dwayne Miyashiro, (808) 896-0512,

Hawaii – Kona
Location: Konawaena Elementary School
Date of Camp; June 23 - 24, 2018
Hours: 8:00am to 4:00pm
Coordinating Club: Kona Okinawa Kenjin Kai
Registration: $45
Number of Kids: 20
Ages: 8 years to 13 years of age
Directors: Doris Grace
Contact: Doris Grace, (808) 896-0477,

To be determined at a later date.