Okinawan Festival


2021 Uchinaa Junior Study Program
Program Dates - Tentative: 6/26/2021 to 9/11/2021
Youth of Okinawan descent from around the world will learn about Okinawan history, culture, and nature while experiencing daily life with local Okinawan youths of the same age group. They will build strong bonds, deepen their understanding of their Okinawan roots, the local Okinawan students will broaden their international outlooks, and grow the generation that will shoulder the Uchinaa Network.

Overseas Youth Leader Application Guidelines

Recommendation Form (Form 1)

Participant Application Form (Form 2-1, 2-2)

Essay (Form 3, up to 2 Letter size paper pages) Topic: "Identity as an Uchinaanchu"

Overseas Youth Leader Application Guidelines

Recommendation Form (Form 4)

Overseas Youth Leader Application Form (Form 5-1, 5-2)

Essay (Form 6, up to 2 Letter size paper pages) Topic: "Necessary things for the development and expansion of the Uchinaa Network"

Kenjinkai will attach Japanese translations to all forms
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.
2020 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.

2022 Cultural Grant Application deadline is July 31, 2021. 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.

Scholarship application forms may be found here , or through high schools around the State. The deadline for 2021 applicants is May 31, 2021.
Okinawa Prefectural Government Scholarship (Kempi Program)
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

The deadline for the 2022 Okinawa Prefectural Government Scholarship applications will be announced in the fall of 2021.
Please see below for a sample of the prior application.
Guideline & Information
Application Form:  Word doc    Adobe PDF
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.