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

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.

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

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

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

JCCK was successful in funds received from the State of Hawaii 2019-2020 Grant-in-Aid that was applied to develop the master plan prepared by Glenn Kimura.

2019: A video rendition of the Cultural Center was completed by Glenn Kimura International LLC as displayed in the Home page. The Board’s strategic plan of 2017 and community members participating in three charrettes were the bases from which the conceptual master plan was developed.

2020: A simple but informative website was created.

2020: A successful Inaugural New Year’s Banquet was held on January 11 with people 300 attending.

2019-2021: GIA funds received from the County of Hawaii in 2019-2020 and 2020-2021.

2022: Successful Charity Golf held at the Kona Country Club.

2022-2023: $250,000 Capital funds was appropriated by Hawaii State GIA 2022-2023.

2022: a beautiful brochure was created to accompany the kick off of the Capital Fundraising Campaign.

2023 January: Launching of the Capital Campaign to purchase land at the successful Gala was held. A video was produced by Rintaro Kaneko interviewing a broad cross section of community members supporting the development of the Cultural Center.

2023-2024: Grant application was submitted to County of Hawaii.
2023-2024: Grant application was submitted to Hawaii State GIA 


  • Continue due diligence reviews on a targeted 50-acre parcel of land in the heart of Kailua Kona to develop the planned Japanese Cultural Center.
  • JCCK will continue good faith conversations with the land owner of the targeted parcel.
  • A draft letter of intent to purchase the parcel is being developed.
  • JCCK is preparing for the purchase with focused capital fundraising efforts statewide and the international communities especially Japan.