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Media Contact: Denise Tagomori Park/Office: (808) 945-7633 Ext. 27

Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i Board of Directors Appoints Carole Hayashino as New President & Executive Director

Honolulu – The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i (JCCH) announced today that Carole Hayashino has been appointed by the Board of Directors to lead the Cultural Center as its new president & executive director effective January 9, 2012. She will oversee the 24-year-old non-profit organization that educates current and future generations in the evolving Japanese American experience with exhibits, programs, educational seminars, research, and festivals.

A search was initiated in August when current JCCH President & Executive Director Lenny Yajima Andrew announced she will retire from her position at the Cultural Center.

“We were fortunate to receive interest from a broad range of highly-qualified applicants,” said Curt Otaguro, chairman of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i Board of Directors and chairman of the search committee. “Carole’s extensive involvement and knowledge of the Japanese American communities and her background as a development officer impressed the search committee.”

Hayashino currently serves as vice president for university advancement at California State University Sacramento where she oversees the external relations of the university including private giving, alumni relations, university marketing and publications. She also serves on the boards of the University Foundation at Sacramento State, Sacramento State Alumni Association, and Capital Public Radio Board of Directors.

“The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i is well recognized as the source of Japanese American experiences and I am humbled to accept this position.” said Hayashino. “I am excited to begin working with the staff, volunteers, members and the community to continue the programs, exhibits, research and especially the educational tours of the elementary school children.”

“The search committee was tasked to find the candidate who would continue the mission of the Cultural Center, by connecting to the community, expanding our programs, and celebrating our vibrant history,” said Otaguro. “Carole brings these attributes to the Center along with the capability to bridge to other partners on the west coast and beyond.”

Hayashino also served as associate director of the Japanese American Citizens League in San Francisco and was involved in the national legislative effort for redress and reparations for Americans of Japanese Ancestry interned during World War II.

She earned her undergraduate degree at San Francisco State University and graduate degree in educational administration at the University of San Francisco.

Elected to the Marin Community College District Board in 2003 and re-elected in 2007, Hayashino is completing her second term as a community college trustee. She is a member and supporter to many San Francisco Bay Area non-profit organizations including the Marin Japanese American Citizens League, Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education and the Asian Pacific Islander Joint Legislative Caucus Institute.

Hayashino is involved in teaching the lessons and legacies of Japanese American internment in her role as a member of the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program’s Advisory Board in the State Librarian’s Office.

She has been awarded the Marin County Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award, Special Appreciation Award from the Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice, Leadership Award from the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, the Community Ally Award by the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance and the Carol Hisatomi Asian Women’s Leadership Award.

Hayashino is Sansei, a third generation Japanese American, and is married to Kyle Tatsumoto, who was born and raised on the Windward side of O‘ahu. Their son, Kenso completed undergraduate school at University of California Davis and graduate studies at Sacramento State; daughter, Ali is a 2007 graduate from the University of Hawai‘i at M noa and is currently a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C.

Hayashino and Andrew will work together to ensure a seamless transition.

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 or visit the website at
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