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Tyler Tokioka to Lead Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i Board of Directors

Honolulu – The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i (JCCH) is proud to announce the appointment of its new chairman of the board of directors, Tyler Tokioka, for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. Tokioka succeeds former Chair Curt Otaguro, who served as chairman of the board since July 1, 2010.

Tokioka first became involved with the Cultural Center in 2002 when he joined the JCCH board of governors. He served on the board for four years before taking the lead as chairman. During his service on the board of governors, Tokioka headed the committees of many of the center’s most notable events including the New Year’s ‘Ohana Festival and the annual gala.

After serving six years on the board of governors, Tokioka accepted a seat on the JCCH board of directors. During his term on the board of directors, he served as chair of the board’s Fundraising Committee and as vice chair on the Executive Committee.

“Tyler Tokioka is the right person to lead the board in the coming year as we look to develop new programs, increase membership and expand our outreach to the neighbor islands,” said Carole Hayashino, president/executive director of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. “Tyler is respectful of our past, but he is also keenly aware of the changing demographics of our community.  He will help us lead the change to build a stronger organization. I am looking forward to working with him.”

Tokioka is currently vice president - external affairs for Island Insurance Companies. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington and a Master’s in Business Administration from New York University Stern School of Business. He is a graduate of Punahou School.

In addition to his service to JCCH, Tokioka is also a board member of the CPCU Society Hawai‘i Chapter, the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce, ‘Ahahui Koa Ᾱnuenue, ‘Ōhi‘a Productions, and ‘Olelo. He was also recently named one of Hawaii Business Magazine’s 20 for the next 20: People to Watch in 2012.

The board of directors consists of 19 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, with the exception of the HJCC perpetual member who is appointed by the HJCC.

The Board of Directors for the fiscal year 2012-2013 includes Tyler Tokioka, chair, Diane Murakami treasurer/vice chair; Howard Hanada, secretary/vice chair; Glenn Inouye, vice chair, Gordon Kagawa, vice chair, Brennon Morioka, vice chair; Eugene Nishimura, vice chair; and at-large directors, Dawn Matsuyama Dunbar, David Erdman, Dennis Esaki, Kyoko Kimura, Michele Sunahara Loudermilk, Leigh-Ann Miyasato, Lance Mizumoto, Diane Murakami, Ken Niimura, Lynne Hanzawa O’Neill, Curt Otaguro, and Christine Yano.

The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i, a non-profit organization, strives to strengthen our diverse community by educating present and future generations in the evolving Japanese American experience in Hawai‘i. Founded on May 28, 1987, the Center celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2012. The Cultural Center has more than 4,800 members and annually connects to more than 30,000 residents and visitors through its programs and events. The Cultural Center features a historical museum, an exhibition gallery, library/archive center, the Kenshikan martial arts dōjō, the Seikōan Japanese teahouse, and a Gift Shop. For more information call (808) 945-7633, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit the website at http://www.jcch.com.

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Howard Hanada and Leigh-Ann Miyasato Appointed to Board of Directors

Honolulu – The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i (JCCH) Board of Directors is proud to announce the appointment of two new members, Howard Hanada and Leigh-Ann Miyasato, for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.

Howard Hanada joins the JCCH Board of Directors as the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce appointed perpetual member representative. Born and raised in Wailuku, Hanada earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering at Oklahoma State University and his MBA from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Following his service in the U.S. Army, Hanada worked at Grant Thornton LLP, a national certified public accounting firm, from 1976 and served in various positions including audit partner, office managing partner, and quality assurance partner. After retiring from Grant Thornton LLP, in 2010, he began working with the Arcadia family of companies. Hanada served as chairman of the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for the 2001-2002 fiscal year. Hanada will serve as chair of the JCCH Governance Committee and sits on the Executive and Budget & Finance committees.

Leigh-Ann Miyasato is president of Entrepreneurs Foundation of Hawai‘i, a nonprofit organization that encourages entrepreneurial companies to engage in community service and philanthropy. She was formerly vice president of DragonBridge Capital, a merchant bank for Chinese technology companies, and executive director of HiBEAM, an accelerator for early stage Hawai‘i technology companies. She also served as program director of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies in Washington, D.C. and as the Washington, D.C. lobbyist for the Japanese American Citizens League. Previously an attorney concentrating on commercial and other civil litigation, Miyasato will be serving a new three-year term. She sits on the Facilities & Operations and Budget & Finance committees.

“We are pleased to welcome Howard and Leigh-Ann to the board,” said Tyler Tokioka, chairman of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i Board of Directors. “These two individuals both have an incredible passion for the Cultural Center’s mission and will be tremendous assets to this organization.”

The board of directors consists of 19 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, with the exception of the HJCC perpetual member who is appointed by the HJCC.

The Board of Directors for the fiscal year 2012-2013 includes Tyler Tokioka, chair, Diane Murakami treasurer/vice chair; Howard Hanada, secretary/vice chair; Glenn Inouye, vice chair, Gordon Kagawa, vice chair, Brennon Morioka, vice chair; Eugene Nishimura, vice chair; and at-large directors, Dawn Matsuyama Dunbar, David Erdman, Dennis Esaki, Kyoko Kimura, Michele Sunahara Loudermilk, Leigh-Ann Miyasato, Lance Mizumoto, Diane Murakami, Ken Niimura, Lynne Hanzawa O’Neill, Curt Otaguro, and Christine Yano.

The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i, a non-profit organization, strives to strengthen our diverse community by educating present and future generations in the evolving Japanese American experience in Hawai‘i. Founded on May 28, 1987, the Center celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2012. The Cultural Center has more than 4,800 members and annually connects to more than 30,000 residents and visitors through its programs and events. The Cultural Center features a historical museum, an exhibition gallery, library/archive center, the Kenshikan martial arts dōjō, the Seikōan Japanese teahouse, and a Gift Shop. For more information call (808) 945-7633, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit the website at http://www.jcch.com.

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2454 SOUTH BERETANIA STREET • HONOLULU, HAWAII 96826
TELEPHONE: (808) 945-7633 • FAX: (808) 944-1123
EMAIL: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) • WEBSITE: http://www.jcch.com

Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i Commemorates its 25th Anniversary

The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i (JCCH) will proudly kick off the year-long festivities commemorating the 25th anniversary of the center’s incorporation with the unveiling of the newly renovated Okage Sama De: I am what I am because of you permanent exhibition. The event was held at the Cultural Center on Sunday, June 3 in the Community Gallery.

Okage Sama De first opened its doors on January 7, 1995 to a crowd of supporters and well wishers. From the 1800s to today’s multicultural Hawai‘i, the permanent exhibition chronicles the history and legacy of the Japanese Americans from the first immigrants to present day. A few years ago, the Cultural Center began a fundraising campaign to expand the story of the exhibition to include current generations of Hawai‘i’s Japanese American population. Some of the exhibit’s new features include new artifacts, refurbished wall murals and displays, as well as a new video feature capturing oral testimonies about various topics of the Japanese American experience in Hawai‘i. The renovation is headed up by a team that includes the exhibit’s original designers Jane Komeiji, Tom Klobe, and Momi Cazimero with the help of Grace Murakami, Clinton Uyehara, and Wayne Kawamoto.

The new unveiling of the Okage Sama De gallery also marks the start of a year-long celebration for the center’s 25th anniversary. On May 28, 1987, the birth of a new direction and a giant step toward the dreams of our founders emerged as the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i was incorporated under the laws of the State of Hawai‘i as a non-profit corporation. Twenty-five years later, the dream to create a permanent home to preserve our history and perpetuate the Japanese American culture has become a reality.

Through the support of its members, volunteers and friends, the Cultural Center has grown to become a cornerstone in the community and stewards of Japanese American history providing a number of iconic events, programs and historic preservation projects.

“Has it been 25 years already? It seems like only yesterday the members at the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce were huddled around a table to develop the concept of what the Japanese Cultural Center should be,” said Ron Ushijima, vice chair of the JCCH Board of Directors. “All turned out well. We’ve come a long way. I know the programs and ideals that the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i represents will continue to benefit our future generations.” 

“We are very fortunate to have had so many individuals who volunteered, raised money and supported the dream of creating a world-class facility in Mō‘ili‘ili for future generations to enjoy,” said Curt Otaguro, chairman of the JCCH Board of Directors. “Over the past 25 years, the center has had its ups and downs. Many have sacrificed their time and given financial support to ensure that our future remains bright. I am extremely grateful to our supporters and volunteers for keeping JCCH at the forefront of our community.”

“The Cultural Center has accomplished much over the years,” said Carole Hayashino, JCCH president/executive director. “We’ve digitized some of our historical archives, making them accessible and available to the public. We’ve expanded our historical and cultural educational outreach to public and private schools. We have maintained the multi-generational permanent exhibit, Okage Sama De, I Am What I Am, Because of You.”

“But, there is much more to do,” Hayashino said. “We need to capture and document the history of Japanese in Hawai‘i before it is lost. We need to share our stories with the public by building upon our partnerships in the community and expanding our programs to the neighbor islands. We need to continue to remain relevant to the changing demographics of our community. I am confident that with the continuing support of our staff, volunteers, members, and the community we will succeed.” 
       
The Cultural Center has an ambitious agenda of projects and programs for 2012-2013. In the coming year, the center will commemorate its 25th anniversary with a number of special events.

The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i, a non-profit organization, strives to strengthen our diverse community by educating present and future generations in the evolving Japanese American experience in Hawai‘i. Founded on May 28, 1987, the Center celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2012. The Cultural Center has more than 4,800 members and annually connects to more than 30,000 residents and visitors through its programs and events. The Cultural Center features a historical museum, an exhibition gallery, library/archive center, the Kenshikan martial arts dōjō, the Seikōan Japanese teahouse, and a Gift Shop. For more information call (808) 945-7633, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit the website at http://www.jcch.com.

Eugene Nishimura and Shannon Okinaka Appointed to JCCH Board of Directors

Honolulu – The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i (JCCH) is proud to announce Eugene Nishimura and Shannon Okinaka have been appointed to serve on the Cultural Center’s Board of Directors.

Eugene Nishimura is an owner and general manager of Hokulani Kigyo, LLC dba Professional Commercial Services, a truck repair and general merchandise transportation company. With over 24 years experience in the banking and finance industries, he most recently served as chief financial officer of David Deluz Enterprises and previously served as vice president/regional manager with Hawaii National Bank. He received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Hawai‘i and graduated from the Pacific Coast Banking School. Nishimura is active in the community, serving organizations such as the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Hawai‘i, Hawai‘i Island Chamber of Commerce, East Hawai‘i Hiroshima Kenjin Kai, Hawai‘i Shima Kumamoto Doshi Kai, and the Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin Senior Young Buddhist Association. Nishimura will represent Hawai‘i’s Big Island and serve a three-year term on the board. 

Shannon Okinaka is vice president/controller at Hawaiian Airlines. She has been with the company since 2005 and previously served as a senior director. Prior to joining Hawaiian Airlines, Okinaka served as a manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and before that as a senior auditor at Hawaiian Electric Co. A certified public accountant, Okinaka graduated from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in Management Information Systems and accounting. She was raised on Hawai‘i’s Big Island and graduated from Waiakea High School in Hilo. In addition to her service to the Cultural Center, she is a volunteer and board member for ‘Ohi‘a Productions. Okinaka will serve a three-year term on the board.

“We are excited and honored to welcome Eugene and Shannon to the Board of Directors,” said Curt Otaguro, chairman of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i Board of Directors. “These two individuals, both outstanding leaders in the business community, have an incredible passion for the Cultural Center’s mission and will be a tremendous asset to this board.”

The Board of Directors consists of 19 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 Directors includes Curt Otaguro, chair; Diane Murakami, treasurer/vice chair; Ronald Ushijima, secretary/vice chair; Glenn Inouye, vice chair, Gordon Kagawa, vice chair, Brennon Morioka, vice chair; Tyler Tokioka, vice chair; and at-large directors Donn Ariyoshi, Dawn Matsuyama Dunbar, David Erdman, Dennis Esaki, Kyoko Kimura, Michele Sunahara Loudermilk, Lance Mizumoto, Ken Niimura, Eugene Nishimura, Lynne Hanzawa O’Neill, Shannon Okinaka, and Christine Yano.

The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i, a non-profit organization, strives to strengthen our diverse community by educating present and future generations in the evolving Japanese American experience in Hawai‘i. Founded on May 28, 1987, the Center celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2012. The Cultural Center has more than 4,800 members and annually connects to more than 30,000 residents and visitors through its programs and events. The Cultural Center features a historical museum, an exhibition gallery, library/archive center, the Kenshikan martial arts dōjō, the Seikōan Japanese teahouse, and a Gift Shop. For more information call (808) 945-7633, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit the website at http://www.jcch.com.

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Hawai‘i State Senate Committee Passes Bill to Preserve the Honouliuli Internment Site

Honolulu – The Hawai‘i State Senate Ways and Means Committee unanimously passed S.B. 2678, a bill to support efforts to preserve the Honouliuli internment camp site and provide funds to the Department of Land and Natural Resources for the preliminary planning of a new education center.

The bill, introduced by Senator Will Espero (D-Kunia) cleared the Committee on Economic Development and Technology and Committee of Water, Land and Housing in mid-February.

“We are extremely grateful to Senator Espero for introducing this bill and to the Senate committee members for understanding the importance and urgency of preserving of the Honouliuli internment campsite,” said Carole Hayashino, president & executive director of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. “The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i looks forward to working with the state legislature and the community as we continue our work to preserve the Honouliuli internment site and educate the public on the World War II experience of Japanese in Hawai‘i.”

“The WWII internment camps in Hawai‘i and the mainland U.S. are a sad and tragic legacy of the past which must not be forgotten,” said Hawai‘i State Senator Will Espero (D-Kunia). “This measure continues the preservation work which many individuals are involved with.”

On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, which authorized the exclusion of persons of Japanese ancestry from the entire Pacific coast. Without judicial process, 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry in California, Oregon and Washington were forcibly removed from their homes and unlawfully detained in American styled concentration camps. The only basis for this incarceration was race.

In Hawai‘i, government authorities rounded up between 1,200 – 1,800 Japanese Americans in five relocation centers on the islands of Kaua‘i, Maui, Hawai‘i’s Big Island and O‘ahu. When the five centers were closed, some of the Hawai‘i internees were transferred to internment sites on the continental U.S. A remaining 300 detainees were imprisoned in Honouliuli located on O‘ahu.

Nearly 70 years after the opening of Honouliuli, structures and archaeological evidence still remain at the site. This site stands as a reminder of a time when fear and prejudice took precedence over constitutional and civil rights.

S.B. 2678 will provide state support towards the preservation of the Honouliuli internment campsite and will establish a mechanism to leverage county, state, federal, and private funding for an educational resource center.

In addition to Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i, the bill is being supported by the Japanese American Citizens League – Honolulu Chapter, Hawai‘i Civil Rights Commission, and the Historic Hawai‘i Foundation.  The bill will now be sent to the Senate before going to the State House of Representatives.

The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i, a non-profit organization, strives to strengthen our diverse community by educating present and future generations in the evolving Japanese American experience in Hawai‘i. Founded on May 28, 1987, the Center celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2012. The Cultural Center has more than 4,800 members and annually connects to more than 30,000 residents and visitors through its programs and events. The Cultural Center features a historical museum, an exhibition gallery, library/archive center, the Kenshikan martial arts dōjō, the Seikōan Japanese teahouse, and a Gift Shop. For more information call (808) 945-7633, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit the website at http://www.jcch.com.

MEDIA NOTE: A full copy of the bill is available at http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2678

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