Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii
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Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii

The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii shares the history, heritage, and culture of the Japanese American experience in Hawaii.

Your pass is good for admission to the historical gallery and the exhibition "Okage Sama De: I am what I am because of you." You'll experience the multi-generational history of the Japanese in Hawaii—from an immigrant's first hesitant step off onto the shores foreign land to the turbulent times after the bombing of Pearl Harbor when Japanese American citizens found their patriotism questioned.

The JCCH also runs a community gallery that has a rotating schedule of historical displays, contemporary art exhibitions, and annual sales. From the history of karate in Hawai‘i to Japanese tattoos, the Japanese Cultural Center shares the evolving Japanese American experience through visual arts—such as sculpture, photography and woodblock prints.

The gift shop offers unique Japanese antiques and collectibles, including kimono, Japanese dolls, tea sets, and woodblock prints.


Federal Holidays.
All holiday hours are subject to change without notice.


Call for information on exhibits and events.

Phone: 808-945-7633

Website: Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i

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Interesting little museum
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Comments about Smart Destinations Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii:

On the ground level, there is an exhibition hall with rotating exhibits and a museum highlighting the Japanese American experience specific to Hawaii. It really is interesting to walk through this small museum and get a feel for how much pride the japanese have. There is some beautiful artwork as well. I think the exhibits rotate in and out so you might want to call first to see what is being displayed.

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Gallery: Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am-4:00 pm;
Gift Shop: Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am-4:00 pm;
Resource Center: Wednesday-Friday, 10:00 am- 4:00 pm;
Saturday, 9:00 am–1:00 pm
Please note, Go Oahu Card holders may enter this attraction until closing or 5:30, whichever comes first.

Driving Directions

From Kalakaua Ave. go east. Turn left on Kapahulu Ave. Turn left onto Waialae Ave. Keep in far left lane to S. King Street. Continue on S. Beretania St. JCCH is on the right side of the street. Parking: JCCH garage; entrance on S. Beretania St.

Public Transportation

The Bus: From Waikiki on Kuhio Ave: Board #4. Get off on corner of University Ave. and S. King St. Cross University Ave. and walk along S. Beretania St.


2454 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96726

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2454 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96726

Phone: 808-945-7633

Website: Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i

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