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Japanese Cultural Center Of Hawaii (JCCH)

What’s Happening at the JCCH

Mochitsuki Workshop

Mochi is a popular food enjoyed at the New Year. Our friends at
Konko Mission of Wahiawa will teach participants the traditional method of making mochi at the JCCH’s Mochitsuki Workshop. There will be two sessions and limited spaces are available!*

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Saturday, December 9, 2023

*Viewing of the demonstration will be open to the public. Advance registration is required for hands-on participation.

Pre-Order the JCCH 2024 Year of the Dragon T-Shirts

Pre-order the new 2024 Year of the Dragon t-shirts designed by
Sumofish online through the JCCH Gift Shop! This design is available in unisex adult and youth styles. Quantities are limited. Pre-order pickups and additional purchases begin in-store on November 30, 2023.

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*If you are a current active JCCH member or JCCH volunteer, please reply to this email for an additional discount code.

JCCH Scholarship Program

JCCH Spring 2024 Scholarship Program is still accepting submissions! This scholarship is open to undergraduate seniors and juniors at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and West Oʻahu.

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Applications are due by Wednesday, December 20, 2023 at 11:55 PM HST

JCCH Office Featured Ikebana

Each week, our ikebana volunteers generously donate an ikebana arrangement to display in our administrative office lobby. We hope you’ll enjoy this week’s design!

Ikebana by:
Shizuyo Kikuta

感謝 - With Gratitude

JCCH Craft Fair and Craft Table

The JCCH Craft Table fundraiser raised over $1,200 for our nonprofit organization this past weekend during the JCCH Craft & Collectibles Fair. Mahalo to the donors who gave us completed craft items to sell, the supporters that came to shop, and JCCH volunteers Claire, Debbie, and Gale for leading this fundraising event.

If you missed the fair, craft items are available for purchase in-store at the
JCCH Gift Shop.* Save the date for the next craft fair on Saturday, December 9, 2023 from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM.

Gift Shop Hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

*Please check our website for holiday hours.

2023 Shichi Go San Event

This past Sunday, keiki and their families visited the JCCH for our annual
Shichi Go San event. 67 keiki between the ages of three and seven years old participated in a special ceremonial coming-of-age event that consisted of kimono dressing, photography, and a traditional Shintō blessing. Mahalo to Masako Formals, Halemano Photography, and Izumo Taishakyo Mission of Hawaii for helping us to create a memorable experience for these families.
The Hawaiʻi Herald, a local Japanese community newspaper, to close up shop after 43 years

For 43 years,
The Hawaiʻi Herald publication has served the local community, calling itself "Hawaiʻi's Japanese American Journal." The company just announced it will publish its last issue in December due to dwindling revenue. Read the full article from Hawaiʻi Public Radio here.

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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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