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Address: 2454 S Beretania St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96826-1524
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+1 808-945-7633
08:00 - 16:30
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This is a small museum but it's been designed well and provides lots of information about the history of the Japanese people in Hawaii. The displays are thoroughly labelled so you... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Honolulu, Hawaii
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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210 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a small museum but it's been designed well and provides lots of information about the history of the Japanese people in Hawaii. The displays are thoroughly labelled so you can do a self-guided tour, or you could pay for a 75-minute guided tour. Prices are very reasonable: 7.00 USD for adults, numerous discounts for youths, students, seniors, military,... More 

Thank LM606
Kirkland, Washington
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90 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

The small museum is very well done with both displays and videos explaining the Japanese migration and presence in the islands. The striking description of the interment of the Japanese in Hawaii during WW2 was impressive. It pointed out both the successes of the Japanese American citizens and the impact of their move to concentration camps on the lives of... More 

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Kansas City, MO
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664 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
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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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
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 

3 Thank Alexandra B
Honolulu, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank singabob
Belvidere, New Jersey
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59 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
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.

1 Thank Cathy L
Coquitlam, Canada
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82 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
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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96 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
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 

3 Thank Mr_Objectivity
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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