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The phenomenal success of the Honolulu Festival is thanks to the ever-increasing dedication and enthusiasm of all of our volunteers. It is their amazing display of Aloha Spirit that puts a smile on our guests each year.

Various volunteer opportunities are available, such as assisting the cultural events at the Hawaii Convention Center and the Grand Parade in Waikiki.

If you would like to volunteer, please fill out the online registration form and get ready to have a great time!

*Registration is currently open only for the Grand Parade.

Volunteer Job Descriptions

Educational School Tour

*This year’s registration is now closed.
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3/10 8am-1pm

The Educational Tour is an opportunity for the local students from elementary through high school to observe behind-the-scenes of the Honolulu Festival. The students can also experience various traditions and cultures from around the world.

  • Reception
    • assisting with group check-in and assigning them to the tour.
  • Tour Escort
    • escorting the groups to the tour.
  • Booth Time Keeper
    • managing the time to ensure that the groups will be able to visit each booth.
  • Bon Dance
    • encouraging students to join the bon dance.
    • participating in the bon dance.

Supplies: T-shirt,lunch provided


Film Festival

*This year’s registration is now closed.

3/11, 3/12 9:45am-1pm, 12:45pm-4pm

The 4th Annual Film Festival will be screening various Japanese films hosted by the Japanese Consulate and the Japan Foundation.

  • Reception
    • welcoming guests.
    • presenting the information on the film’s title and its running time.
    • collecting donations from guests.
  • Usher/Operation
    • ushering guests to the 3rd floor.
    • supporting the staff members during the film.

Supplies: T-shirt,lunch provided


Seminar & movie

*This year’s registration is now closed.
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3/11, 3/12 11:30am-4pm

The biopic of Sugihara Chiune, Persona Non Grata will be screened as well, which the guest speaker Mr. Akira Kitade will be sharing his story during this event.

  • Reception
    • welcoming guests.
    • presenting the information on the film’s title and its running time.
  • Usher
    • ushering guests to the 3rd floor.
  • Operation
    • supporting the staff members during the film.
  • Donation
    • collecting donations from guests.

Supplies: T-shirt,lunch provided


Grand parade

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3/12 4pm-7pm, 5pm-8pm

This is such a rare opportunity which you will have an unforgettable experience.
The Honolulu Festival’s Grand Parade has received the Legacy Award from the city of Honolulu. As a result, it was recognized as an annual event of Honolulu, which does not require a request for approval from the city.
The Grand Parade is where you can enjoy watching spectacular performances such as hula dance and Japanese mikoshi (portable shrine) on the streets of Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki.

For more information about the Grand Parade, please click below.
http://www.honolulufestival.com/en/festival/parade/

  • Placard
    • walking along Kalakaua Avenue from Saratoga Road to Kapahulu Avenue
      (approx. 1 mile).
      * You may be requested for 2 or 3 rotations.
  • Honolulu Daijayama/Neputa/Saitama Ryujin-kai/Mikoshi Maui, Children & Inaho
    • participating in pushing the huge carts and floats of the traditional Japanese festivals along Kalakaua Avenue from Saratoga Road to Kapahulu Avenue (approx. 1 mile).

Supplies: T shirt, water bottle, MacDonald’s coupon provided


DaijayamaDance Practice and Parade

*This year’s registration is now closed.
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3/11 2pm-4pm & 3/12 5pm-8pm

The Daijayama is a famous festival in the northern part of Kyushu. Their traditional dance is enjoyed by many.

  • Daijayama Dancer
    • participating in the Daijayama dance to excite the finale of the Grand Parade.
      *You must be able to attend on 3/11 (practice session) and 3/12 (Grand Parade).
      https://youtu.be/ETJuE74ILqM

HCC Receptionist

*This year’s registration is now closed.

3/11, 3/12 9am-1pm, 1pm-4pm *times are subject to change
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    • greeting visitors by the entrance.
    • passing out event programs.
    • required to stand during your entire shift.

T-shirt, lunch provided
※Lunch will be provided only for 4 hours shift.


Parade Flyer Bearer

*This year’s registration is now closed.

3/12 3pm-5pm *time is subject to change
  • Flyer Giver
    • passing out event programs to visitors on Kalakaua Avenue.
      *You are expected to walk from Saratoga Road to Marriott Hotel (approx. 2 miles) and back to Saratoga Road. Approximately, 1,000 programs will be passed out before the parade begins.

Water bottle, MacDonald’s coupon provided


*Registration is open only for the Grand Parade at this time.
»To apply for the Honolulu Festival’s volunteer is here