Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii

Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, Oahu

Hawaii's Japanese population has been instrumental in shaping the islands' diverse cultural landscape ever since the arrival of the first Japanese sugar plantation laborers in the late 1800s. Incorporated in 1987, this non-profit cultural center in the Mo'ili'ili neighborhood of Honolulu celebrates and educates the public about the ever-evolving Japanese-American experience in Hawaii.

For those interested in Japanese culture, the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii (JCCH) offers a wide range of programs, classes, festivals and exhibits throughout the year. One week you may hear a concert of traditional Japanese music, the next week it's a lecture on lessons learned from the bombing of Hiroshima.

The JCCH also hosts art exhibits by important Japanese artists past and present. The center features a number of excellent facilities, including a martial arts center dojo, an authentic Japanese teahouse and a 10,000 square foot ballroom with a 600-person seating capacity. The JCCH also offers classes about various topics, such as Japanese braiding, proper tea ceremony etiquette and Japanese calligraphy.

If you're interested in taking home a souvenir, you can pick up some unique Japanese antiques and collectibles at the JCCH. Tea sets, woodblock prints, kimonos, Japanese dolls and more are available for purchase.

Gallery: Monday to Friday from 10 am to 4 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm
Resource Center (Library): Tuesday to Friday from 10 am to 4 pm, Saturday: 10 am - 1 pm (or by appointment from 1-4pm)

Gift Shop:
Monday-Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

The JCCH is closed on all major holidays.

General Admission:
Adults (18+): $7
Youth (6-17 years): $5
Students: $5
Seniors (70+): $5

Kama'aina (local resident) Admission:
Adults (18+): $5
Youth (6-17 years): $3
Students: $3
Seniors (70+): $3

Active duty military: $3

Second Saturday of each month: Free
Free for JCCH members

Reservations required for school and group tours, call (808) 945-7633

Japanese Cultural Center Overview

  • Educates about the Japanese culture in Hawaii
  • Offers a wide range of programs, classes, festivals and exhibitions
  • Has a great ballroom for events

2454 South Beretania Street, Honolulu HI 96826

Directions: The museum is located across from the Moiliili Neighborhood Park in Honolulu.

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