In December 2015, a small group of individuals began the discussion of developing a Japanese Cultural Center at which time the vision of ‘Dream Big’ caught on.

In 2016, the Board of Directors was organized with representatives from the Kona Fukuoka Kenjinkai, Kona Hiroshima Kenjinkai, Kona Kumamoto Kenjinkai, Kona Okinawa Kenjinkai, Kona Yamaguchi Kenjinkai, Kona Japanese Civic Association and other representatives from the community. The Board adopted bylaws, conflict of interest policies, and received approval for the Articles of Incorporation.

The Board developed a strategic plan in 2017 which served as Japanese Cultural Center of Kona’s (JCCK) guide post.

JCCK applied and received approval for the not-for-profit 501(c)(3) status in 2018.

A successful inaugural golf tournament fundraiser was held on September 21, 2019 at the Kona Country Club. 

A successful inaugural new year’s banquet was held on January 11, 2020 with almost 300 attending.



A 2020 Hawaii State Grant-in-Aid Capital Fund application was submitted to purchase a parcel of land to develop the master planned Cultural Center.

Focused effort is underway to secure a parcel of land on the beautiful slopes of Kona for the Cultural Center site.

A 2020 County of Hawaii Grant-in-Aid application was submitted for operating funds.

Plans will begin for the next fundraising golf tournament and the second fundraising banquet.