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Address: 2454 South Beretania Street, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96826
Phone Number: 808 945 7633
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

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Excellent exhibition!

I found out about this only from others reviewing on TA as it wasn't mentioned in any "standard" guidebook ---so glad I did! If you've an interest in immigration (as I do in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Alexandra B

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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
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English first
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69 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I found out about this only from others reviewing on TA as it wasn't mentioned in any "standard" guidebook ---so glad I did! If you've an interest in immigration (as I do in general) and/or the Japanese in Hawaii's history, there is a fascinating exhibit here ($7). Very,very well presented; it supplanted my knowledge gained from other island museums &... More 

Thank Alexandra B
Honolulu, Hawaii
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179 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

One is never disappointed when visiting here as you're likely to see a karate lesson, an ikebana class in session, or just enjoy a stroll through their grounds. Most notably, I like their semi-regular informational tours of area shrines and temples. They are also instrumental in the development of creating a new National Park on Oahu to commemorate the internment... More 

Thank singabob
Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania
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33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Whenever we are traveling, we like to learn a bit of the culture that made the vacation spot what it is. This center will give you great background on the Japanese culture and the influence it has had on Hawaii.

Thank Cathy L
Coquitlam, Canada
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64 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The first Japanese to arrive in Hawaii came in 1806 and the influence of the Japanese is everywhere throughout the Hawaiian Islands.. The Center is home to a fascinating historical exhibit that informs of the various struggles and successes of Japanese immigrants to Hawaii. It features the Seikōan Teahouse which is a cultural and artistic practice on display. It contains... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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66 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

This is an excellent place to see and learn about the history and culture of the Japanese in Hawaii. Interactive displays, short movies in a small theater, video clips, audio backgrounds, a walk through museum with well planned exhibits and a nice gift shop with many Japanese items. I was really impressed. It is located just outside of Waikiki. We... More 

1 Thank Mr_Objectivity
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015 via mobile

Great resource into a perspective of early 1900s. Deep ties between hawaiian and japanese cultures shaped our hawaii of today.

Thank KageRisu
Honolulu, Hawaii
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69 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 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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69 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 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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181 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 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
137 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 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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