Posted August 17, 2021


Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination along with a photo ID will be required for entry into the JCCH Administrative Office, Resource Center, Gift Shop, and Honouliuli Education Center. A photo of your vaccination card is acceptable. Thank you for your cooperation, patience, and understanding.

Posted December 22, 2020

Nate Gyotoku Appointed as JCCH President and Executive Director

December 22, 2020

(Honolulu) The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i (JCCH) Board of Directors announced that Mr. Nate Gyotoku will serve as the new President and Executive Director effective January 11, 2021.
“I am pleased to welcome Nate back to JCCH as president and executive director to move us forward in 2021 and the years ahead,” said Scott Kuioka, JCCH Board Chairman. “Nate brings a commitment to community service, passion for the JCCH mission and experience in the non-profit sector. We are confident that Nate will work collaboratively with the Board to lead the organization through these uncertain COVID and post-COVID times.”
Nate Gyotoku served as the JCCH Chief Operating Officer and Director of Programs in 2015.  While at the JCCH, Nate was involved in redesigning and naming of the Tokioka Heritage Resource Center and chaired the New Year’s Ohana Festival for two years.  Upon leaving JCCH, Nate was the Director of Sustainability Initiatives at Kupu and more recently served as the President and Executive Director of Junior Achievement of Hawai‘i.   His volunteer leadership activities include chairman of the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce, participant in the US-Japan Council Emerging Leaders Program and Vice- Chair of the Hawai‘i Region of the USJC.
“I am humbled and grateful for this opportunity to lead the JCCH”, said Gyotoku. “I look forward to working with the staff, Board of Directors, and our community to move the JCCH forward into a new era.”
Nate grew up in Hilo and received his undergraduate degree in English Literature at UNLV.  In addition to his non-profit work experience, Nate has worked in the private sector at Heide & Cook and as a consultant with Century Computers (PacXa). 


Posted November 5, 2020

Announcement from Scott Kuioka, Chairman

November 5, 2020

After 22 years of managing the Manoa Grand Ballroom, Marian’s Catering will close its operation at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i (JCCH).

Marian’s Catering provided an affordable alternative to local families, businesses and organizations in the community. From corporate meetings, special events, wedding receptions, craft fairs and lectures, Marian’s provided meeting room services and local Japanese and Hawaiian menus for its guests. We thank Marian’s Catering and the Harada family for their years of service.

The JCCH Board of Directors will be exploring options for the future usage of the 5th floor ballroom of the Community Services Building.

For more information please email


Posted August 28, 2020

Message from JCCH: Increased vigilance in preparation for Coronavirus (Covid-19)

August 27, 2020

The JCCH Administrative office, Resource Center and the Gift Shop and Gallery will be closed on Thursday, August 27, 2020 through Wednesday, September 9, 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 for updates and changes. Please email with all inquiries, or call 945-7633.


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 for programming updates and changes. Please email 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 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 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,, 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

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