The close-knit JCCH staff have varied interests, but they do share one commonality: their combined efforts to see the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i continue to grow and mature as an institution that preserves and educates about the Japanese American experience in Hawai‘i.


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Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i President & Executive Director

Carole Hayashino Announces Retirement

The cultural center launches a nationwide search for replacement


Honolulu – The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i (JCCH) announced today that President & Executive Director Carole Hayashino will retire from her position at the cultural center by end of the year.

Hayashino has served as president & executive director for the past 6 ½ years and manages the programs, operations, facilities and staff of the cultural center.

“It’s been quite a journey,” said Carole Hayashino. “I am grateful to have served under the leadership of a selfless board of directors and the opportunity to work with a team of talented staff, passionate volunteers and community partners. I’m proud of our many accomplishments from preserving Honouliuli as a national monument, rediscovering the World War II incarceration history of Japanese in Hawai‘i, updating our historical exhibit to include the Ellison Onizuka Remembrance Collection, improving the facilities, expanding our educational and cultural programs, producing publications and films, to more recently welcoming the Imperial Family and celebrating the Gannenmono, the first Japanese immigrants to Hawai‘i. It’s truly been an honor to serve as the JCCH President and Executive Director.”

“We are grateful for Carole’s years of service and for her many contributions to advance the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i,” said Christine Kubota, outgoing chair of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i Board of Directors. “Carole has been a strong leader, manager, and effective spokesperson. JCCH is on course and well positioned for continued success in the coming years.”

Hayashino will remain at the cultural center until a successor is chosen to ensure a seamless transition. The Board of Directors will launch a nationwide search for a new president in early July 2018. 

Ken Hayashida, JCCH Board Chair-Elect and Search Committee Chair said, “We look forward to finding a passionate leader to build upon the momentum and continue to grow our legacy.”

The complete job announcement will be posted on the JCCH website www.jcch.com on July 2, 2018.

The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i, a nonprofit 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 cultural center has nearly 5,000 members and annually connects to more than 50,000 residents and visitors through its programs and events. The cultural center features the Okage Sama De: I am what I am because of you historical museum, the Ellison Onizuka Remembrance Collection, the Honouliuli National Monument – JCCH Education Center, the Tokioka Heritage Resource Center, the Kenshikan martial arts dōjō, the Seikōan Japanese teahouse, and a Gift Shop. For more information call (808) 945-7633, email info@jcch.com or visit the website at www.jcch.com.