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Japanese Cultural Center Of Hawaii (JCCH)

What’s Happening at the JCCH

Modified Hours Notice

The JCCH Gift Shop, Gallery, Resource Center, and Administrative Office will be closed to the public on the following days:

June 24 through July 1, 2024  |  Tanoshii Hawaiʻi (keiki summer camp)

July 3 through July 6, 2024  |  Closed for Inventory

Please note that there will be no email newsletter next week. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Welcome New CTL Intern
Skyler Murao

Skyler Murao is a rising junior at the
University of California in Irvine studying Psychological Sciences. She joins the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaiʻi as a summer intern through the nonprofit organization, Center for Tomorrow’s Leaders (CTL), which aims to equip students with experiences to become leaders for Hawaiʻi. Skyler enjoys creative hobbies including painting, sketching, and playing instruments, as well as being outside and swimming. She is interested in learning more about how nonprofits function and is especially excited for the community outreach aspect of the JCCH. She is aiming to go into counseling/social work as a career, and is grateful for the opportunity to help out this summer and learn more about nonprofit work and Japanese community identity.
What’s Happening at the JCCH
Ending Soon: Kimono Sale

This week is your last chance to shop the sale! Receive
20% off kimono, yukata, and accessories at the JCCH Gift Shop through Saturday, June 22, 2024.*

Gift Shop Hours
Wednesday - Saturday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

*2-hour parking validation with a $10+ purchase at the JCCH Gift Shop. Discount cannot be combined with other offers. All sales final. See store for full details and limitations.

How to Wear Yukata Reel

Allegra Soumei Matsuo Mossman shows us how to wear yukata in a quick step-by-step tutorial video.

2024 OBON SCHEDULE: Check out our list of Obon events on Oʻahu, Big Island, Kauaʻi, Maui, and Molokaʻi here.

Watch Our Instagram Reel
Save the Date: Mōʻiliʻili Summer Fest

Join us in the
Old Varsity Theatre Parking Lot (1100 University Ave) for the 11th annual Mōʻiliʻili Summer Fest! Our booth will feature a special JCCH Gift Shop pop-up and family friendly activities.

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Saturday, July 6, 2024
5:00 - 10:00 PM

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:
Grace Sekimitsu
感謝 - With Gratitude

Hoʻohana Cohort Program - Session 3

Last Thursday,
Marie Kumabe, Principal and Owner of Kumabe HR, spoke to our cohort members about sitting on a board. She explained the process of joining a board of directors, and the etiquette associated with board service. Marie discussed how contribution can be more than just financial, and that giving your time and skills to an organization is in some ways more beneficial.

Learn About Our Program
Community Announcements

Irei no Hi Okinawa Peace Memorial

Jikoen Hongwanji will hold its annual Irei no Hi, a modern Okinawan holiday to pray and remember the numerous lives lost in the Battle of Okinawa (1945). Their program will integrate the arts including live music and dance in their Social Hall. Admission is free.

Learn More

Sunday, June 23, 2024 | 12:00 PM
Understanding Hawaiian Culture through Hanafuda

Helen Nakano, founder of Hanafuda Hawaiʻi, at the Kaimukī Public Library. Learn about native Hawaiian plants, both endemic and indigenous plants, while playing with Nā Pua Cards.

Learn More

Sunday, June 23, 2024
1:00 - 2:30 PM

BLM Update: Lava Ridge Wind Project

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Lava Ridge Wind Project. According to Friends of Minidoka, this project “will forever alter Minidoka’s somber landscape and fails to honor the significance of the events that occurred at Minidoka as a place of reflection, healing, and education for the survivors, descendants, and public.” Learn more about its impact on the Minidoka National Historic Site and how you can get involved in the protection of the site here.

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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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