Spooner Spotlight: Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i

Posted on April 16, 2022

Spooner Spotlight: Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i

Located in Moiliili, a long-established neighborhood in Honolulu that was once home to taro fields and early Japanese immigrants, the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii (JCCH) honors and celebrates the Japanese American experience in Hawai'i.

The History of the Japanese-Hawaiian Experience

The main exhibit at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, "Okage Sama De: I am what I am because of you," debuted in 1995 and tells the cultural history of the Japanese in Hawai'i.


The exhibit showcases values that have been passed down from generation to generation from the first wave of Japanese immigrants that came to Hawai'i in 1868 all the way through to the modern era, showcasing how interconnected Japanese and Hawaiian culture are to this day.

In addition to the educational exhibits, the JCCH serves as a multi-functional community hub. They offer a space for people to practice martial arts in the Kenshikan Dōjō, host events from weddings to conferences and more in their ballroom, and practice the art of authentic Japanese tea ceremony at the Seikōan Tea House and garden.


A trip to the JCCH isn't complete without visiting the gift shop. The JCCH Gift Shop features unique merchandise for all occasions and generations with a catalog of exquisite and rare Japanese goods you won't be able to find anywhere else. 


We're excited to partner with the JCCH on the launch of our brand-new print, Sakura Spring. This print celebrates cherry blossom season and the arrival of spring with scenes from the Japanese countryside at the peak of the season. The purchase of this Aloha shirt enables us to support the mission of the JCCH.

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