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Visit The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii


The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i facilities were built in the early 1990s at a total construction cost of $15 million. Professionally designed to evoke the Japanese influence on modern Hawai‘i, the JCCH serves as a gathering place, offering educational programs, services and cultural events to the community-at-large. The two-building complex, containing over 57,000 square feet, consists of a four-floor office building (Phase I, completed in 1991) that houses the main offices of the Cultural Center and leased office space, the Resource Center and the Seikōan Teahouse and garden where chadō (the way of tea) classes are held.

JCCH Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Monday-Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Resource Center
Tuesday - Friday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (or by appointment from 1-4pm)
You can also call us to arrange an appointment on other days.

Gift Shop
Monday-Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

The Administrative Office, Resource Center, Gallery and Gift Shop of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai’i will be closed on scheduled holidays.

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Seikoan Teahouse

An authentic Japanese tea house with three tea rooms for Japanese tea ceremony practice, the Seikōan (Shining Star) Tea House and garden were made possible through the generosity of Urasenke Grand Tea Master Soshitsu Sen XV, Ph.D. The original Seikōan was an independent tea house presented to the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce in 1960. It was redesigned and rebuilt at its present site on the fourth floor of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i’s main office building.

Urasenke Foundation of Hawai‘i, Edosenke Fuhaku Kai Hawaii Shibu and Omotesenke Hawaii Shibu currently practice tea ceremony and offer classes to the public.

Click “Education” and “Cultural Classes” for additional information on tea schools and classes offered. (Needs Links)

Click here for article on the Seikōan Teahouse in the Hawaii Marine newspaper: http://www.mcbh.usmc.mil/news/Apr6B7.pdf.

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Kenshikan Dojo

Martial Arts Program: Kenshikan Dojo

Thanks in part to a large donation by Kenshiro Otsuka, the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai’i Kenshikan Dōjō was originally created to promote the practice of kendō (the way of the sword). The focus of the dōjō, however, has since been broadened to accommodate many other types of budō (martial arts) including karate, aikido, naginata, and dance. With over 2,500 square feet of hardwood floors, a tatami-covered kamiza (stage), storage for equipment and men and women’s shower facilities with lockers, the Cultural Center’s Kenshikan Dōjō is one of the Island’s premiere practice spaces for the learning of martial arts.


Manoa Grand Ballroom

The Manoa Grand Ballroom is a 10,000 square feet banquet hall with a seating capacity of 600 people. Rooms are available for smaller functions. In addition, the east-wing lounge offers a separate dining room which seats 25 people. Available for receptions, seminars, concerts, craft fairs and more. The Manoa Grand Ballroom is located on the 5th floor of the JCCH building.

For room reservations and information, call (808) 946-6758.

Click here for more information: http://www.manoagrandballroom.com/