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Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i President & Executive Director Lenny Yajima Andrew Announces Retirement
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August 1, 2011
Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i President & Executive Director
Lenny Yajima Andrew Announces Retirement
The Cultural Center launches a search for replacement
Honolulu - President & Executive Director Lenny Yajima Andrew announced today that she will retire from her position at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i.
"It has been an honor and privilege serving as president of the Cultural Center," said Lenny Yajima Andrew, president & executive director of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i. "While I've truly enjoyed working with our board and other volunteers whose passion for their work is infectious, I'm looking forward to spending more time with my family and friends."
Andrew has served as president & executive director for the past 4 1/2 years and oversees all operations of the Cultural Center and manages a staff of 12 employees.
Under Andrew's leadership, the Cultural Center has grown its educational programs, expanded community outreach events, and made significant strides in the effort to preserve World War II Confinement Sites in Hawai'i.
"We are so grateful for the years of service Lenny has put into the Cultural Center and for her many contributions to her staff, volunteers, and the community," said Curt Otaguro, chairman of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i Board of Directors. "Lenny has an incredible appreciation and understanding of the Japanese American experience. We are hopeful we will find a strong leader for the Center with Lenny's passion and vision. We wish her well as she begins her retirement."
"I am proud of the progress we have made at the Cultural Center. The Cultural Center is well positioned to meet exciting challenges and to continue telling the evolving stories of the Japanese American community," said Andrew, "I am confident that my retirement will have a minimal effect on the Cultural Center, because of the capable professional staff, the strong Board of Directors, the dedicated Board of Governors and the enthusiastic core of volunteers. I will miss the daily interactions."
Andrew will remain at the Cultural Center until a successor is chosen to ensure a seamless transition. The Board of Directors has begun the search for a new president. Interested applicants should forward their inquiries and resumes to JCCHPresidentSearch@gmail.com.
The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i, a non-profit organization, strives to strengthen our diverse community by educating present and future generations in the evolving Japanese American experience in Hawai'i. Founded on May 28, 1987, the Center celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2012. The Cultural Center has more than 4,800 members and annually connects to more than 30,000 residents and visitors through its programs and events. The Cultural Center features a historical museum, an exhibition gallery, library/archive center, the Kenshikan martial arts d j , the Seik an Japanese teahouse, and a Gift Shop. For more information call (808) 945-7633, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at
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