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Address: 2454 S Beretania St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96826-1524
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New Year's Ohana Festival

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 January 2017
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Kansas City, MO
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 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 some rides for kids and food vendors, although the lines for the food were really... More 

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Long Beach, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 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 about 2006. They expect to have it cleaned up and open in a few years... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 here ($7). Very,very well presented; it supplanted my knowledge gained from other island museums &... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 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 in the development of creating a new National Park on Oahu to commemorate the internment... More 

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Belvidere, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Coquitlam, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 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 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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 many Japanese items. I was really impressed. It is located just outside of Waikiki. We... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2015 via mobile

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

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 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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