Jacce Mikulanec Appointed as New President and Executive Director

NEWS RELEASE  November 30, 2018                                      

Contact:   Audrey Muromoto (808) 218-6728 or Muromoto@jcch.com

(Honolulu) The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i (JCCH) is pleased to announce that Mr. Jacce Mikulanec has been selected to serve as its new president and executive director effective January 1, 2019.

“We were fortunate to receive interest from a broad range of qualified, experienced applicants who share our passion for the organization,” said Ken Hayashida, chairman of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i.  “Jacce Mikulanec’s enthusiasm for JCCH’s mission, leadership in the community, and professional experience in local, state, national government relations, and fundraising impressed the board of directors.”

Jacce Mikulanec currently works in government relations for the Hawai‘i Medical Service Association (HMSA).  He also served as the Policy and Community Partnership Director at the Good Beginnings Alliance (Hawai‘i Children’s Action Network), a non-profit organization focused on early childhood education and well-being and as the special assistant on policy for Lieutenant Governor Brian Schatz.  He has been a board member of the Japanese American Citizens League Honolulu Chapter since 2010 and served as president from 2014-2016. During his term as president, Mikulanec worked closely with the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i on efforts to establish the Honouliuli National Monument.

“I am humbled and grateful for this opportunity,” said Mikulanec. “The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i is the preeminent source of information on the Japanese American experience in this state; JCCH’s work to conserve and perpetuate the stories and experiences of past generations is more relevant today than ever before. I look forward to working with the staff, volunteers, members and community partners to continue and expand the quality programs, research, and exhibits that the JCCH is known for.”

Upon hearing of Mikulanec’s appointment, Dr. Mark Mugiishi commented, “Jacce Mikulanec is a superb choice to fill the big shoes left by Carole Hayashino.  I have worked extensively with him both professionally and in community projects.  He understands better than anyone the role that Japanese American history and culture plays in the ongoing quest for social justice in our country.  And he has the skillset to mobilize people and relationships to accomplish progress.  I have no doubt that the JCCH will flourish under his leadership.”

“We are grateful to Carole Hayashino for her outstanding service (seven years), commitment and leadership moving our organization forward,” added Hayashida.  “We are pleased that she will continue her association in a new role as JCCH president emeritus to support Jacce Mikulanec during his transition through February 2019.  We look forward to working with Jacce to build upon the momentum created and move JCCH into the future.”

Jacce S. Mikulanec moved to Hawai‘i in 1999 to attend graduate school at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. He also serves on the boards of the Manoa Valley Theatre and Gregory House. He was also appointed to a term on the City and County of Honolulu’s Grant in Aid Advisory Commission (2013-2015) and was recently appointed to the Hawai‘i Supreme Court Committee on Equality and Access to Courts. Mr. Mikulanec earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a Master of Arts degree in Anthropology, with an emphasis on Polynesian archaeology, from the University of Hawai‘i, Manoa.