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Japanese Cultural Center Of Hawaii (JCCH)
What’s Happening at the JCCH

(ai) ❤️ Maui Fundraising Event: Vendors and Entertainment

On Sunday, September 3rd, our friends from the culinary industry will join together for a night of small plates, drinks, and fundraising. New vendors have been added including
Asato Family Shop, Johnson Brothers of Hawaiʻi, and ITO EN (Hawaii) LLC. Entertainment will be provided by Jeremy Cheng, Shane Tsukayama, and David Aquino. This is a 21+ event.

Mahalo to everyone who has purchased tickets! We are
less than two weeks away from our fundraising event and humbly ask that you share this event with your ʻohana and friends. Our goal is to have 100% of all proceeds go to our nonprofit beneficiaries, Maui United Way and the Chef Hui Maui Hospitality Relief Fund.

Generations Ballroom, 5th Floor
Sunday, September 3, 2023
5:30 - 9:00 PM
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Registration is Almost Full!

Pau Hanafuda returns next month at The HALL by Beer Lab HI (Pearlridge Center)! Learn how to play Hawaiʻi's version of the traditional Japanese card game, hanafuda (flower cards), meet new people, and enjoy extended happy hour deals on food and drinks. Register now — spaces are limited!

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Tuesday, September 12, 2023
6:00 - 8:00 PM
JCCH Booth at CPB

Central Pacific Bank in Tidepools at CPB (Downtown Honolulu - Main Branch) for a cultural fair to celebrate Obon season. Enjoy live entertainment, local crafts, and delicious foods while immersing yourself in the festivities. Click the link above for information about Tidepools, including parking options.

The JCCH will have a booth featuring activities like
hachimaki (headband) stamping and tanabata (star festival) wish-making.

Thursday, August 31, 2023
4:00 - 7:00 PM

JCCH Craft & Collectibles Fair

Save the date for next month's craft fair at the JCCH! Shop with local vendors that offer a selection of Japanese and Japanese-inspired items. The JCCH Gift Shop and Historical Gallery will also be open.

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Saturday, September 9, 2023
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
JCCH Office Featured Ikebana

Each week, our ikebana volunteers generously bring an ikebana to display in our administrative office lobby. We hope you enjoy this beautiful arrangement!

Ikebana by:
Patricia Kubo

Reminder: 2023 JCCH Annual Membership Meeting

If you are an active JCCH member, you should have received an email invitation to our upcoming
2023 JCCH Annual Membership Meeting. Attendees will receive updates about the Center and an exclusive first look at the new JCCH video series: Wakame 若目. If you have any questions, please email

Thursday, September 14, 2023
5:30 - 7:00 PM

Registration is required to attend the in-person meeting. All attendees must be active JCCH members. You may sign-up for or renew your membership at

Community Announcements

U.S.-Japan Council 2023 Annual Conference

U.S.-Japan Council Annual Conference is a yearly event that brings together regional, national, and international leaders from the government, business, academia, and nonprofit sectors to discuss the current status and future outlook of the U.S.-Japan partnership across a range of timely and relevant topics.

This year,
JCCH President & Executive Director Nate Gyotoku will be speaking on Wednesday afternoon on the panel, Sustaining Japanese American Non-Profit Organizations for the Future. This moderated panel discussion and audience Q&A will allow participants to learn about four diverse Japanese American community organizations and their current initiatives related to issues of sustainability, security, and inclusion. Registration closes on November 1, 2023 or at maximum capacity.

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November 8 - 10, 2023

Traveling Exhibit at Hawaii's Plantation Village

Check out the traveling exhibit,
Generational Legacies: Santa Fe Internment Camp, at Hawaii's Plantation Village. Information about the Manzanar, Tule Lake, and Bainbridge Island incarceration sites are also available. This exhibit includes photos from Dr. Gail Okawa's collection.

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Exhibit ends on Tuesday, September 5, 2023
2024 Hokkaido Snow Camp

Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH) and Japan’s Soshi Educational Group (SEG) are partnering on an Educational and Cultural Exchange program to introduce Hawaiʻi’s high school students to educational opportunities in Japan after completing high school.

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Applications due (postmarked) by Tuesday, September 8, 2023

Kumihimo Leno Flower Class

Join the
Hawaiʻi Handweavers' Hui for their upcoming kumihimo class led by Randy Spicocchi. No previous braiding or sewing skills are required. Register online by September 29th. Limited spaces are available.

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October 6 - 7, 2023
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Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii
2454 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96826

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The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i (JCCH), a non-profit organization, strives to share the history, heritage and culture of the evolving Japanese American experience in Hawai‘i. Located at 2454 South Beretania Street in Mō‘ili‘ili, the Cultural Center features a Community and Historical Gallery, Resource Center, Kenshikan martial arts dōjō, Seikōan Japanese teahouse and Gift Shop. The Cultural Center presents various programs, festivals and exhibitions throughout the year.


Honoring our heritage. Embracing our diversity. Sharing our future.


We aspire to co-create a society where a deeper knowledge of one's heritage and a profound understanding of oneself will enable enlightened connections among all people.

Mission Statement

To be a vibrant resource, strengthening our diverse community by educating present and future generations in the evolving Japanese American experience in Hawai‘i. We do this through relevant programming, meaningful community service and innovative partnerships that enhance the understanding and celebration of our heritage, culture and love of the land. To guide us in this work we draw from the values found in our Japanese American traditions and the spirit of Aloha.


The seeds of thought and planning which had since developed into the solid concrete of Phase I and the working committees of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i were sown over two generations ago. Minds and hearts of Issei and Nisei (first and second generations) forebearers set themselves to the tasks of survival, later to national heroism, and later still to the responsibility of restoring the concept of cultural pride in themselves and their community. Emotions generated by the Kanyaku Imin (125 Years of Japanese In Hawai‘i) celebration in February of 1985 spurred the devotion of major Japanese groups in the community to initially conceptualize the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i.

In 1986, The Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce (HJCC) initiated the Japan-Hawaii Cultural Center project, "The Dream," for the purpose of bringing together related organizations in Hawai‘i to work in a common effort to preserve the legacy and history of the pioneers who came to Hawaii from Japan, and whose sacrifices and contributions made it possible for the younger generations to become integral members of American society. It was planned to be a legacy where future members of our community could look back and be fully conscious of their roots. The Center would also foster relations by promoting harmony and mutual understanding between Japan, Hawai‘i, and the United States.

The Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce was willing to accept the enormous responsibility of immortalizing and cultivating the legacy of the Japanese in Hawai‘i by making a commitment to plant and nourish the seedling. Many community organizations supported the creation of a Japanese cultural center, as indicated by a survey to assess the need and expectations for a center.

Courses of action plans were implemented to create Ad Hoc Committees composed of the various Japan related organizations, and to organize a fund-raising organization to raise funds from the community within the State of Hawai‘i as well as in Japan. Committees set in motion to carefully plan, develop, and research in establishing the Cultural Center. The inception of some committees were: Steering, Planning, Public Relations, Historical Research Program, Program, Membership and Property Management. A schedule of "Milestone" tasks for these committees were implemented to prepare for the tremendous work that lay ahead in the formation of the Cultural Center.

On May, 28, 1987, the birth of a new direction and a new step toward the dreams of our forefathers emerged as the Cultural Center was incorporated under the laws of the State of Hawai‘i as a non-profit corporation to develop, own, maintain, and operate a Japanese cultural center in Hawai‘i. As an independent entity, the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i would play a most crucial role in perpetuating the cultural heritage we inherited from our Issei forefathers into the lifestyles and values of our children's children.

Revamped, Revved and Ready... the Cultural Center Boards and staff moves forward with great aspirations

The Board of Directors consists of 15 community leaders from O‘ahu, Maui, Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i counties who lead the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i by establishing policies and strategic direction. Each Director either chairs and /or is a member of the Executive Committee, Governance Committee, Membership Development Committee, Fundraising Committee, Facilities & Operations Committee, and Budget & Finance Committee. The Board members are elected by the membership as a whole.

The Board of Governors currently has forty (40) members who advise and make recommendations to the Board of Directors, and oversee the implementation of programs and activities of the Cultural Center. The Board of Governors also assist and maintain the fiscal well-being of the Center by supporting its fundraising activities. The Board of Governors are appointed by the Board of Directors.

The staff of nine full-time and two part-time employees is led by the President & Executive Director who administers the day-to-day operations of the Cultural Center.

The Board of Directors, Board of Governors and the staff, and volunteers work in unison to carry out the many exciting plans at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. When put together these individuals, though all unique in their background, create a dynamic, capable and passionate group who are dedicated to the Cultural Center's mission of sharing the history, heritage and culture of the evolving Japanese American experience in Hawai‘i.


Historical Gallery & Gift Shop: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Resource Center: By Appointment Only

Administrative Office: By Appointment Only

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