Okinawan Festival

Volunteer at HUOA! Get involved!

Volunteers are a vital part of the Hawaii United Okinawa Association(HUOA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. As the umbrella organization for our state-wide 48 member clubs, the HUOA relies on the valuable services of our volunteers who carry on the many programs of the HUOA and the maintenance of our home, the Hawaii Okinawa Center. With a goal of preserving, promoting and perpetuating the Okinawan culture, the HUOA depends on a wide variety of volunteers who contribute their expertise and skills to achieve our mission. The HUOA and the Hawaii Okinawa Center has many interesting and rewarding volunteer opportunities. The following are brief descriptions of our typical volunteer needs.

HUOA  Officers, Committee Chairs and Committee Members
Elected and appointed leaders of the HUOA are all volunteers, who commit to providing their time and energies toward achieving the purpose of the Hawaii United Okinawa Association. Volunteers are always being solicited and encouraged to take leadership positions within our organization.

Receptionist / Gift Shop Sales
Personable volunteer to answer the telephone, transfer calls, assist in greeting visitors, perform some clerical duties and assist gift shop customers.

Office Assistants

Dependable volunteers to provide general and clerical support to the HUOA staff, including computer data entry, filing, typing, copying, collating, mailing and other clerical duties.


Provide garden and lawn maintenance at the Hawaii Okinawa Center, including maintaining flower beds, trimming hedges, pruning trees, weed control, mowing our lawn and cleaning our parking lot, Gardeners work weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays.


HOC Docents
Answer general questions about the Hawaii United Okinawa Association, the Hawaii Okinawa Center and our display gallery. Assist with dance performances, cultural presentations and tours of the Hawaii Okinawa Center on an on-call basis.

Video Production Team
Volunteers assist with capturing on video the special events of the HUOA for future reference and for our weekly Hawaii Okinawa Today (HOT) shows on Olelo Channel 53. Duties include camera work, after being trained by Olelo Community Media, editing of our weekly shows at the HOC Video Production Team Editing Room and providing general assistance to the Team in setting up and breaking down at our various video shoots.

Hawaii Okinawa Center Gift Shop

Volunteers assist in preparing gift shop items for sale, keeping inventory of items for sale, restocking inventory and providing other assistance to our Gift Shop Manager.

Special Events

Volunteers assist on an on-call basis for our cultural programs, community service projects, fund-raising activities and special receptions. Our biggest need for volunteers occurs at our annual Okinawan Festival, where they assist with set up, break down and clean up, manning our various cooking and selling booths, providing cultural information on Okinawa and things Okinawan and presenting Okinawan cultural performances on stage

Website Assistant
Of course, we need volunteers who can assist our organization with the design, up-keep and maintenance of our HUOA website.