The seeds of planning the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i
(JCCH) in Honolulu were sown more than two generations ago. Minds
and hearts of first- and second-generation Japanese immigrants
sought to honor their heritage, embrace diversity and welcome the
During the Kanyaku Imin celebration in February 1985, which
celebrated 125 years of Japanese living in Hawaii, emotions
generated by the event spurred devotion of major Japanese groups in
the community to conceptualize the JCCH.
In 1986, Honolulu's Japanese Chamber of Commerce initiated the
Japan-Hawaii cultural center project and called it "The Dream." The
Dream would be a legacy where future members of the community could
look back and be fully conscious of their roots. The center also
would foster relations by promoting harmony and mutual
understanding among Japan, Hawaii and the U.S.
On May 28, 1987, The Dream was realized and JCCH was
incorporated under Hawaiian laws as a nonprofit organization to
develop, own, maintain and operate a Japanese cultural center.
Through the years, the organization has worked to strengthen its
diverse community by educating present and future generations in
the evolving Japanese-American ...
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