Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai`i Historical Gallery

Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai`i Historical Gallery

2454 South Beretania Street, Honolulu, HI 96826 - United States



The Japanese shared much in common with the thousands of other immigrants who came to Hawai`i. All possessed the courage to leave the comfort of their familiar settings to make a better life for themselves and their families. Through their struggles they imbued in their children certain values, a way of looking at the world. They established a strong foundation on which their children could rise to do the right thing when they were called upon.


The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i (JCCH) presents two exhibitions: Okage Sama De: I Am What I Am Because of You, which tells a cultural story that resonates with all ethnicities across the United States. The exhibit reveals the indelible legacies and values passed on from generation to generation—starting with the first wave of Japanese immigrants in 1868—that are now weaved into the Hawai‘i landscape and still carried on today. Included in Okage Sama De is the display: Ellison Onizuka: A Remembrance. It celebrates the inspirational legacy left behind by Hawai’i’s astronaut. The other exhibition is Honouliuli National Monument Educational Center, which highlights the forgotten history of O’ahu’s WWII internment camp, and the experiences of the “local” Japanese imprisoned there.


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