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Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii

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Address: 2454 South Beretania Street, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96826
Phone Number: 808 945 7633
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New Year's 'Ohana Festival, Truly a Familiy Event

The 'Ohana Festival is an annual event at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii. It features activities for the entire family including games and rides for children, music and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 12, 2015
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

The 'Ohana Festival is an annual event at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii. It features activities for the entire family including games and rides for children, music and other entertainment for all ages. Most interesting are the educational displays which explain Japanese culture and history. Admission is free. Food and souvenirs are available for purchase. The event is organized... More 

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scottsdale, arizona
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61 reviews 61 reviews
34 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

What fun to attend shipponaki (enamel) classes given by an expert from Osaka, Japan. And lots of festivities too. The small shop showcases Japanese products and also pre-owned Japanese decorative merchandise, contributions from locals for the benefit of the cultural center. I found there 5 items currently being sold at ala moana center for 3-4 times the price, and actually... More 

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Everett, Washington
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165 reviews 165 reviews
72 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

There are several places around Oahu that describe the Japanese American experience here, but this one emphasizes the cultural transformation from being a Japanese person in America to being an American who has ancestors that came from Japan. With words and pictures it tells the story of the first immigrants, how their treatment and the immigration laws changed over time,... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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159 reviews 159 reviews
137 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

Went on a free day. And it was great. I was glad we didn't have to follow around a tour guide. Me and my friend went at our own pace and found it very informative. The only part that didn't go well was that the movie in the middle wouldn't play no matter how many times we pushed the button,... More 

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Los Angeles
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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

Many of my friends volunteer at this place, which is conveniently on the bus line. My high school class reunion is scheduled for July in the ballroom. For any group planning an event, I would recommend this place. If you are from Japan, you will want to take a look here at what the early immigrants brought with them, and... More 

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Tokyo
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40 attraction reviews
225 helpful votes 225 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2011

Visited on 9 July 2011. On the ground level, there is an exhibition hall with rotating exhibits and a museum highlighting the Japanese American experience specific to Hawaii. It is a smaller and more Hawaii specific version of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. I have an acquaintance who is a college professor in Japan with a strong... More 

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