From festivals to fundraisers, our annual events bridge the Cultural Center to the community we serve. Our signature events include our annual New Year’s ‘Ohana Festival, Kodomo no Hi: Keiki Fun Fest, Celebration of Leadership and Achievement Dinner, and Shichi Go San: Keiki Kimono Dressing. All exciting programs that perpetuate the Japanese American experience in Hawai‘i and help the Cultural Center continue on with our mission.
Ring in the New Year with the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i! Next year’s event will be held on Sunday, January 8, 2017. The New Year’s ‘Ohana Festival provides fun, food, and culture for the entire family. The event brings the community to the Cultural Center and neighboring Mō‘ili‘ili Field for a festival filled with Japanese and multicultural customs.
Shichi Go San, literally translated as “seven, five, three,” stems from the Meiji Era (1868-1912) when parents brought their kimono-clad children – girls, ages three and seven; and boys ages three and five – to Shintō shrines and prayed for their children to have long and prosperous lives. Today, this coming-of-age custom has evolved to encompass all children regardless of their age. Children can dress up in elegant kimono and zōri (sandals), have an authentic Shintō blessing, and capture the day with a professional photograph at this traditional event.