The Hawaii Japanese Center is a non-profit organization with a mission to serve as a cultural, research and educational center for the community. Founded in 2002 the center hosts lectures, films and workshops as well as, festivals and concerts. Renowned for its Okubo book collection by Mine’ Okubo who chronicled her experiences in Japanese American internment camps with over 2,000 drawings during World War II, the Hawaii Japanese Center continues to receive items of historical interest for preservation and display.
The Hawaii Japanese Center includes exhibition spaces, a gift shop showcasing local artisans, a conference room, gallery, archival workroom and library. As a community history center, the center facilitates the preservation and appreciation of Japanese heritage while celebrating the multiethnic mix of people that call Hawaii home.
Hawaii Japanese Center
751 Kanoelehua Ave
Hilo, HI 96720