June 4, 2020
Membership Notification - Board Nominations

Message to the JCCH membership from Reid Hokama, Chairman, JCCH Board of Governance

On June 30, 2020, after serving six consecutive years of the Board of Directors, Mr. Ken Hayashida, Mr. Darryl Nakamoto and Mr. Mark Ibara are termed-out and ineligible for re-nomination to the board.  On behalf of the JCCH board of directors, I extend my appreciation to Mr. Hayashida, Mr. Nakamoto and Mr. Ibara for their dedicated service and leadership.   While they will no longer serve as voting directors, I am pleased to report to the membership that we will benefit from their experience and institutional knowledge as ex-officio members on the board of directors as we navigate through thBe financial challenges presented by the post-COVID19 environment.

Pursuant to the JCCH organizational bylaws, the Board Governance Committee nominates the following slate of individuals to the board of directors effective July 1, 2020.  The candidates nominated for one three-year term to expire in June 30, 2023 are:

Ms. Liann Ebesugawa, Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary, Hawaiian Electric Industries;

Mr. Kurt Osaki, CEO, Osaki Creative Group;

Mr. Reyn Tanaka, Asset Manager, WKF, Inc.

As a member, you have the right to nominate additional individual(s) to serve on the JCCH Board of Directors.  If you are interested in submitting a nomination, please contact the Board Governance Committee, attention Jamie Lee at lee@jcch.com by June 15, 2020. 

Pursuant to the bylaws, if there are no additional nominees, nominations will be closed and the nominees listed about shall be deemed unanimously elected.

Thank you for your attention to the JCCH Board of Directors nomination process and thank you for your continued support.


May 11, 2020

The JCCH Gift Shop Re-opening with a new schedule and social-distancing requirements.

The Gallery/Gift Shop will Re-open on May 15, 2020
The Hours are: Tuesday-Friday, 9 am - 12 pm.

*Please note: No donations to the Gift Shop are being accepted at this time.
*New social-distancing requests:
- Customers must wear a mask before entering.
- The shop can accomodate four customers at a time.
- Customers will be asked to maintain a 6' social-distance from one another.
- Customers and visitors must take a survey before being allowed in exhibit or gift shop.

*The Okage Sama De exhibit is available by appointment only.

March 23, 2020 (Updated May 1, 2020)

Increased vigilance in preparation for Coronavirus (Covid-19)

The JCCH Administrative offices will be closed through May 31, 2020 in compliance with the Mayor’s request to work-from-home. Thank you for your patience and participation in this community effort to combat the effects of Covid-19.

Please check JCCH.com for programming updates and changes. Please email info@jcch.com with all inquiries, or call 945-7633.

March 16, 2020

Vigilance in preparation for Coronavirus (Covid-19)

As the impact of COVID-19 is felt in our global community, the JCCH’s top priority is to continue to do what we can to protect public health.

Further actions we are taking:

  • Effective immediately the JCCH Gift Shop, Okage Sama De Exhibit, Honouliuli Education Center, and Tokioka Heritage Resource Center will be temporarily closed to the public until March 31, 2020. No Gift Shop or Resource Center in-kind donations of items will be accepted at this time.
  • The 2020 Spirit of Aloha Gala Dinner and Auction at the Sheraton Waikiki has been turned into a virtual gala, with a future in-person gathering scheduled when it is prudent to do so. Please check our Gala Page for more information.
  • The JCCH Administration Offices are currently closed to the public. Please call us at 945-7633 or email info@jcch.com with all inquiries.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will take additional measures as needs arise. We take comfort in knowing that we are part of a compassionate and resilient group of volunteers, visitors, and community who consistently give with Aloha. Please take care.

Please check JCCH.com for programming updates and changes.


March 12, 2020


JCCH Covid-19 Notice

We at the JCCH are monitoring the Covid-19 virus situation and are following updates and public health recommendations from the State of Hawai‘i Department of Health, as well as information about the virus and recommended precautions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The JCCH will remain open with regular operating hours with the following adjustments from Monday, March 16 through the end of April:

  • The Tokioka Heritage Resource Center will be open by appointment only. Please call or email for appointments.
  • The Gift Shop will be open Tuesday-Friday from 10am – 4pm; Saturday from 9am – 2pm; and will be closed on Sunday and Monday.
  • All docent-led tours will be postponed or cancelled.
  • The March 23rd and 28th film screening of A Tale of Samurai Cooking (Bushi no kondate) will be cancelled.
  • The April 5th Spring Things Japanese Sale will be postponed (new date TBD).
  • We will be suspending all volunteer activities beginning Monday, March 16 through the end of April

*Please check the website, jcch.com, for any further changes through April.

As we receive new information, we will continue to issue updates. We look forward to resuming all regular schedules, programs and events as soon as is prudent. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call us at 945-7633 or email info@jcch.com.

Thank you for your support, patience and understanding as we work to best protect our volunteers, patrons, staff, and greater community.





NEWS RELEASE  November 30, 2018