The phenomenal success of Honolulu Festival is a reflection of the ever-increasing dedication and enthusiasm of all volunteers who help every year. With the amazing display of Aloha Spirit from our volunteers we are able to see smiles & enjoyment from over 20,000 guests at the Festival!

Volunteers have the opportunity to provide their support in many different activities at the Hawaii Convention Center or the Grand Parade in Waikiki.

To volunteer please fill out the online registration form and be ready to have a great time!

Volunteer Job Descriptions

Educational School Tour


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

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


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


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.

  • 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


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).

HCC Receptionist

3/11, 3/12 9am-1pm, 1pm-4pm *times are subject to change
  • Information
    • 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

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

»To apply for the Honolulu Festival’s volunteer is here