JCCH kicked off the 150th Anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants to Hawai‘i at the 25th New Year’s 'Ohana Festival on January 14!  As a member of Kizuna Hawai‘i and the Gannenmono Committee, JCCH will sponsor a number of activities throughout 2018 to commemorate this historic milestone. 

The Gannenmono, or ‘first year men”, arrived in Hawai‘i from Yokohama in 1868. They numbered approximately 150 people from Japan of diverse backgrounds such as urban dwellers, artists, cooks and displaced samurai. These immigrants were the first of what would become wave after wave of Issei, the first generation. Working mainly as laborers or in the sugar cane fields, by 1924, so many Japanese had come to the islands that they constituted over 40% of the population.

For more information on the 150 anniversary activities and calendar of events, please visit www.kizunahawaii.com.

Click here to for JCCH 2018 Photo Contest flier.


THEME:  Celebrating 150 years of Japanese in Hawai‘i

Contest Rules:

The JCCH invites all ages, backgrounds and skill levels to celebrate the 150 years of Japanese in Hawai‘i by entering the 2018 Photo Contest.  By entering the 2018 Photo Contest, you are accepting and agreeing to all the following rules, terms and conditions.

Eligibility:  The contest is open to all amateur and professional photographers. All ages are encouraged to participate; however, children under the age of 18 must have permission from their parent or legal guardian to enter the contest.  Children under the age of 12 may receive help from a parent or legal guardian, however, the material and content must be their own.

General Guidelines:

  • Submission dates:  April 15, 2018 to May 14, 2018.  All submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m. HST on May 14, 2018.
  • Photograph must be taken by you, the applicant.
  • You must be the copyright owner of the photo.
  • If you chose to include people in the photo, you are responsible for securing their written permission and release.
  • Only one submission per person.
  • Photo must be submitted in .JPEG or .jpg file format no larger than 20MB.

Winners may be asked to print or provide a higher resolution of minimum 300 dpi of their photo.

  • Contest winners will be announced on June 7, 2018

To Enter: The online application form will be available here between April 15, 2018 to May 14, 2018. Any submissions received outside of those dates will not be considered.  

Judging: All entries must be captioned and include a brief story or description of the photo.

Entries will be judged by a 5-member panel of various backgrounds, interest and knowledge of art, photography, and the Hawai‘i Japanese American experience. The judges’ decision will be final.  Photos will be exhibited in the JCCH Community Gallery in July 2018.


One Grand Prize:                    $500.00

3 Finalists:                               $250.00 each

3 Honorable Mentions:           $100.00 each


The photographer retains all rights and ownership of the photograph, but hereby grants JCCH a non-exclusive, irrevocable royalty-free license to reproduce, publicly display, and distribute the photograph. Any photograph reproduced by the JCCH will be credited to the photographer. The JCCH will not be liable for any errors in attribution other than to make reasonable efforts to correct such errors.