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Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii

2454 S Beretania St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96826-1524
+1 808-945-7633
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Small but worth seeing

This is a small museum but it's been designed well and provides lots of information about the... read more

Reviewed 29 April 2017
Honolulu, Hawaii
Thoughtful and challenging

The small museum is very well done with both displays and videos explaining the Japanese migration... read more

Reviewed 12 April 2017
Kirkland, Washington
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2454 S Beretania St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96826-1524
+1 808-945-7633
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Reviewed 29 April 2017

This is a small museum but it's been designed well and provides lots of information about the history of the Japanese people in Hawaii. The displays are thoroughly labelled so you can do a self-guided tour, or you could pay for a 75-minute guided tour....More

Thank LM606
Reviewed 12 April 2017

The small museum is very well done with both displays and videos explaining the Japanese migration and presence in the islands. The striking description of the interment of the Japanese in Hawaii during WW2 was impressive. It pointed out both the successes of the Japanese...More

Thank Travln-Dawg
Reviewed 8 January 2017

Came here today for the festival, which included all kinds of activities and demonstrations of Japanese culture. There were amazing bonsai displays, demonstrations of aikido and kendo, calligraphy, needlework, etc. There were also a few dozen craft vendors. Across the street in the park were...More

Thank KaneoheBoy
Reviewed 30 October 2016

Nice small museum that covers the Japanese history in the Hawaiian Islands. Exhibits are well done and they recently opened a section of the internment camps in the Islands and most recently the discovery of the one in Honolulu that was overgrown and forgotten until...More

Thank BobandMargie G
Reviewed 5 November 2015 via mobile

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...More

3  Thank Alexandra B
Reviewed 23 October 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...More

1  Thank singabob
Reviewed 15 October 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.

1  Thank Cathy L
Reviewed 7 July 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...More

1  Thank bigscreen
Reviewed 12 May 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...More

3  Thank Mr_Objectivity
Reviewed 5 February 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
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