We sincerely thank all donors! 

January 2023 Sponsorship Campaign Launch and Gala

On Sunday January 22, 2023, the Japanese Cultural Center of Kona (JCCK) Board will be launching its capital campaign to raise $5 million to purchase land to develop a magnificent Cultural Center in the heart of Kailua Kona. We humbly ask for your support in reaching our fundraising goal.

A 50-acre ideal parcel has been identified through vigorous due diligence work over the past several years by Team JCCK including credentialed planners, surveyors, environmental impact experts, engineers, landscape architects, attorneys, and construction contractors.

JCCK’s mission is to honor, preserve and share the legacy of the pioneering Japanese immigrants that helped build the world-renowned Kona Coffee. Please help us build a Kona legacy. Further the mission of the Cultural Center is to preserve the Japanese culture while creating economic vibrancies in the local communities and serving as a bridge between people of Hawaii and Japan.

The State and County of Hawaii have recently approved several grants in support of this project. For the 2022-2023 year, the State approved $250,000 toward the cost of land acquisition. Please join with us by becoming a sponsor. The form for sponsorship is enclosed. Your contribution will not only help with land acquisition but also bring us one step closer to the next major milestone of site clearing and preparation.

The Board is humbled and counting on your support to create with excellence a destination, a gathering place and a cultural hub unsurpassed on the Island of Hawaii or possibly in our State.


A team of dedicated individuals supporting the Japanese Cultural Center of Kona (JCCK) is committed to developing a destination on the Island of Hawaii as a gathering place for visitors from around the globe and local residents alike. The Cultural Center will help preserve the Japanese culture and honor our beloved Japanese ISSEI immigrant coffee farmers that left a legacy of developing the world renown Kona coffee.

From the humble beginning in December 2015, a small group of dreamers met to begin the journey to today’s conceptualized masterplan. All funds and in-kind donations gathered to date have been from many supporters who believed in the mission and purposes of the project not to mention the many volunteers involved.

In 2019, JCCK was successful in securing $75,000 from the State of Hawaii Grant-in-Aid funds to develop the masterplan. JCCK is now focusing on securing a parcel of land to accommodate the planned Cultural Center. Fortunately, beautiful Kona has available and affordable properties to select from.

JCCK will always welcome individuals, families, businesses, corporations, foundations, and nonprofit entities for spiritual support, in-kind donations, volunteers and, of course, monetary contributions. JCCK has been working tirelessly to fulfill goals to serve the young and old, boys and girls and people of diversity from around the globe. The Board is optimistic in securing a place in the heart of Kona for everyone to enjoy peace and harmony.

We humbly ask for your support by donating to JCCK. Please make check payable to:

Japanese Cultural Center of Kona
P. O. Box 206
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96745

Please be sure to include your address so we will be able to acknowledge your generous donation.



JCCK is a 501(c)(3) corporation. Your donation is tax deductible.

The Tax ID number is: 82 2794020.

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For any questions please contact:

Steven Kaneko, Treasurer
Mobile phone: (808) 228-2791