Education & Cultural Specialist

Phone: (808) 945-7633 Ext. 25
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Derrick Iwata started as a volunteer at the Cultural Center in 2000, and was promoted to a full-time position four years later. As the organization’s education & cultural specialist, Iwata helps to educate people, especially teachers and students, interested in learning about the Japanese American experience in Hawai‘i and the Japanese culture.

A graduate of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa college of education, Derrick is an avid bon dancer with a certificate in Japanese dance from the Japan Japanese Dance Association and is the instructor for the Miyataki Hoon Kai. As an avid supporter of the cultural arts, he uses his background in dance to help perpetuate both Japanese and Okinawan dance in Hawai‘i.