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Japanese Cultural Center Of Hawaii (JCCH)

What’s Happening at the JCCH
Girls' Day is on March 3rd!

This Sunday is
hinamatsuri ひな祭り, a traditional Japanese holiday to celebrate the happiness and well-being of girls. In Hawaiʻi, we call this day Girls' Day!

Check out our website to learn about
hinamatsuri traditions and where to find some special treats for the occasion.

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JCCH Craft & Collectibles Fair

Join us next Saturday for the monthly JCCH Craft & Collectibles Fair. Shop with local small business vendors that will feature Japanese and Japanese-inspired goods. Every year, we feature a special
hinaningyō 雛人形 (ornamental dolls) set for Girls’ Day at the JCCH Gift Shop. Stop by to take a photo with our stunning display! The JCCH Historical Gallery will also be open.

Saturday, March 9, 2024 | 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
General Registration Now Open!

Tanoshii Hawaiʻi is the JCCH's week-long day camp for children ages 8-13. Our annual program offers keiki hands-on activities to learn about Japanese and local culture with friends. Register your keiki today before all spaces are filled!

JCCH Members: Check your email for the registration discount code. If you did not receive the code, please email

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June 24 - 28, 2024

Irasshai: Eat, Drink, Kanpai! Early Bird Tickets

Join us for a festive evening of Asian street food, libations, and entertainment at our annual fundraising event. Live entertainment, a silent auction, and other activities will add to the excitement! Use the code
2024mejiro for a special early bird ticket discount before prices go up on April 1st.

JCCH Members: Check your email for the registration discount code. If you did not receive the code, please email

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Friday, May 17, 2024 | 5:30 - 9:00 PM
JCCH Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to Brandi, Rui, and Marques! These are the three recipients of the
Spring 2024 JCCH Scholarship. We send our best wishes to you all for a successful school year! This program is generously supported by the Sekiya of Fukuoka/Hawai‘i Endowment Fund.

JCCH Office Featured Ikebana

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

Ikebana by:
Litheia Nakamoto
感謝 - With Gratitude
Hawaiʻi History Day

Last Saturday, JCCH staff presented a new lesson plan called "Poetry & Artwork From Incarceration Camps" at the
Honolulu District History Day Fair at Chaminade University. Students were presented with examples of poetry and artwork created by Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II. The students used creativity and resourcefulness to create their own work inspired by the theme of “learning how to take a negative situation to make something positive.”

Community Announcements

Splendors of Ikebana

Ikebana International Honolulu Chapter 56 will host its annual ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement) exhibition in the JCCH ʻOhana Room (5th floor). This year, they will feature small and miniature arrangements.

On March 9th, this chapter will also be selling vases on the 1st floor during our monthly craft fair. Admission is free.

March 8 - 9, 2024
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Image: Honolulu Museum of Art
Shining Prince: The Tale of Genji

See the wide impact the “world’s first novel”—
The Tale of Genji—has had on the arts, through historic Japanese paintings and two prints by 20th-century American Abstract Expressionist Helen Frankenthaler. This exhibition is in the Honolulu Museum of Art's Atsuhiko & Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Thematic Gallery.

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On display until Sunday, April 7, 2024
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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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