* Applications in 2018 has been closed. We look forward for your participation next year. Thank you!

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!

Volunteer Job Descriptions

Educational School Tour

*Registration is currently close.

3/9 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, bottled Water provided


*Registration is currently close.

3/10 9:50am-2:00pm, 1:50pm-6:00pm & 9:50am-1:00pm, 3/11 12:45pm-3:30pm
  • Information
    • greeting and explanation for visitors.
  • Supplies
    • supply of ennichi items and facility management

Supplies: T-shirt, lunch, bottled Water provided

HCC Receptionist

*Registration is currently close.

3/10 9am-1pm, 1pm-4pm & 3/11 9am-1pm, 1pm-3pm
  • Information
    • greeting visitors by the entrance.
    • passing out event programs.
    • required to stand during your entire shift.

Supplies: T-shirt, lunch, bottled Water provided

Film Festival

*Registration is currently close.

3/10 9:45am-2pm, 1:45pm-6pm(Reception), 9:45am-1pm, 3/11 12:45pm-4pm(Usher/Operation)

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, bottled Water provided

Grand parade

*Registration is currently close.

3/11 2pm-8pm, 3:30pm-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).
      * Please note that we may ask you to pick up happi coats at the end point of the parade.
  • 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, McDonald’s coupon, bottled Water provided

DaijayamaDance Practice and Parade

*Registration is currently close.

3/10 2pm-4pm & 3/11 2pm-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 3/10 (practice session) and 3/11 (Grand Parade).

Parade Flyer Bearer

*Registration is currently close.

3/11 3pm-5pm
  • 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.

Supplies: T shirt, bottled Water provided