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Thank you for signing up as volunteers.
The 20th Annual (2014) Honolulu Festival's volunteer sign up has been closed.

The primary objective of the Honolulu Festival Foundation is to provide the annual festival to residents and visitors to Hawaii at no cost.
By sponsoring and promoting the Festival, the Foundation is proud to make an important contribution towards perpetuating culture, customs and traditions of Asians and Pacific Islanders.

Our major goals are to expand community support for the Honolulu Festival and to provide economic support for the State of Hawaii.

Organizers and volunteers represent a wide array of public and private entities locally and internationally. We welcome all volunteer candidates who are willing and able to diligently give their time to promoting and producing Hawaii's premier cultural event, Honolulu Festival.

As a prospective festival volunteer, you should anticipate spending about 6 to12 hours on committee work and during the actual festival itself, mostly during the month of March.
You will be expected to participate in practices or meetings as required, and exhibit good teamwork. Unfortunately, we cannot represent that applying assures acceptance, as there are more applicants than openings each year.

We look forward to reviewing your application.


* You must register and sign the waiver in order to volunteer.
* Parents of all volunteers under the age of 18 must sign a waiver.
* Your choice of tasks are not always assigned.
* Your T-shirts sizes are not guaranteed.



|| Volunteer Job Descriptions

Grand Parade (March 9, 2014)

Hawaii Honolulu Festival VolunteersDuties include assisting with:
  • Carrying banner/placards
  • Managing parade participants
  • Distributing water to participants
  • Crowd Control
Job Requirements:
1) Able to walk the parade route (begin at Fort DeRussy, down
    Kalakaua and ending at Kapiolani Park, approximately 1 mile)
2) 15 years of age or older
*Exception of the Children's Mikoshi (should be 12 years and under recomended)
3) Able to lift up to 15 lbs.
4) Able to perform cheerfully



Mikoshi (March 9, 2014)

Hawaii Honolulu Festival VolunteersDuties include assisting with:
  • Parade Participation, Carrying Mikoshi
  • Playing Music
  • Dancing
  • Dismantling the Mikoshi
Job Requirements:
1) Able to walk the parade route (begin at Fort DeRussy, down Kalakaua and ending at Kapiolani Park, approximately 1 mile)
2) 15 years of age or older
*Exception of the Children's Mikoshi (should be 12 years and under recomended)
3) Able to lift up to 15 lbs.
4) Able to perform cheerfully



Daijayama (Several Pre-Meeting and March 9, 2014)

Hawaii Honolulu Festival VolunteersDuties include assisting with:
  • Building Daijayama float
  • Parade Participation
  • Playing Music
  • Dancing
  • Dismantling the float
  • Instructors (will be trained)
Job Requirements:
1) Able to walk the parade route (begin at Fort DeRussy, ends at Kapiolani Park)
2) 15 years of age or older
3) Able to lift up to 15 lbs.
4) Able to perform cheerful
5) Able to attend pre-meetings and practices

For specific information:
Honolulu Festival Feature Article "Honolulu Daijayama"



Ennichi
(March 8 and 9, 2014)  

Basically All-Day Tasks
March 8 (Sat) 9:00AM - 6:00PM
March 9 (Sun) 9:00AM - 3:00PM

Ennichi is a special day in Japan that celebrates each person's relationship with a particular deity. This day usually celebrates the birth or the passing of the deity the person is honoring. A large number of food and game stalls are constructed near the temple or shrine to ensure its attraction to many visitors, both young and old. Honolulu Festival reproduces these Ennichi food and game booths and gives away prizes for game winners.

Duties include assisting with:
    Kingyo SukuiKingyo Sukui
    Scooping goldfish with a thin net made of paper. Giving out prizes.

    Shateki
    Shooting a toy gun at targets.
    Giving out prizes.

    Yo-yo Tsuri Yo-Yo Tsuri
    Game in which a paper string is used to hook onto a ball (yo-yo) in a bucket of water. The trick is to keep the string from tearing apart.
    Volunteers’ job is to partially fill the balloon with water to make the yo-yo, to also assist children to play the game, and to give out prizes.

    cotton candy Cotton Candy
    Making and giving out cotton candy

    Crowd Control

    Keeping crowd orderly and forming a line

    Bento
    Delivering bento for the workers
Job Requirements:
1) Enjoy working with children
2) Able to cheerfully perform duties as listed above to help with games
3) Able to speak loudly to control crowd
4) Able to lift up to 15 lbs.



Honolulu Festival Information Desk (March 8 and 9, 2014)

Basically All-Day Tasks
March 8 (Sat) 9:00AM - 6:00PM
March 9 (Sun) 9:00AM - 3:00PM

Hawaii Honolulu Festival VolunteersDuties include assisting with:
  • Giving away Honolulu Festival goods to visitors (while supplies last)
  • Providing event schedules and information to visitors
  • Assisting in giving away door prizes to winners
  • Delivering bento for the workers
Job Requirements:
1) Able to perform cheerful customer service
2) Able to lift up to 15 lbs.



Sugaren Banner Bearers (March 8 and 9, 2014)

Hawaii Honolulu Festival VolunteersDuties include assisting with:
  • Bearing a banner on the stage
  • Parade Participation, Bearing a banner
Job Requirements:
1) Able to walk the parade route (begin at Fort DeRussy, down Kalakaua and ending at Kapiolani Park, approximately 1 mile)
2) 15 years of age or older
3) Able to lift up to 18 lbs.
4) Able to perform cheerfully

Sugaren's Yosakoi Performance
http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=324209724277283




Each year as the Honolulu Festival approaches there are hundreds of volunteers that come out to support the Festival.
The people of Hawaii are known for giving. These volunteers include local students, families and friends. It is through volunteering that they are able to come into contact with the cultures of Japan and the other Pacific Rim countries, and make new friends from all over the world.

It is amazing how this circle of volunteers interested in cultural exchange continues to expand each year.

It is quite contagious! So contagious that many volunteers get hooked and return each year.

 

 
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