2013 Day of Remembrance

Please join use for the 2013 Day of Remembrance

Reflections on the Past Relevancy for the Future

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, Manoa Grand Ballroom, 2454 South Beretania Street

1:00 p.m. Program

2:30 p.m. Reception

For more information please see flyer, click here, or contact the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii at 945-7633.


Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation Annual Fundraiser

Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation’s Annual Fundraiser

Saturday, November 24, 2012, from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm.

Mamiya Theater, St. Louis School, 3142 Waialae Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816

For more information, please see flyer linked here.

To purchase tickets to this event, please go to www.nhlchi.org or call (808) 521-2302 Admission includes pupu, live entertainment, a silent auction, and two amazing, inspirational films.  Please click on the link below to view the trailer for “Murundak:  songs of freedom”, one of two “you shouldn’t miss” films featured that night.


2012 Annual General Membership Meeting

2012 Annual General Membership Meeting

To view invitation please click here

Saturday, October 13, 2012

At the Harbor View Center

1129 North Nimitz Highway

(Above Nico’s at Pier 38)

10:15 a.m.                   General Membership Meeting Registration

10:30 a.m.                   General Membership Meeting (all are welcome; voting by members)

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.       Luncheon Registration; No-Host Bar Open

11:30 a.m.                    Luncheon Program

Members: $50  Go to: www.jacl.org to become a member of the JACL Honolulu Chapter.

Guests: $100

Platinum Sponsors – $5,000

Gold Sponsors  –  $2,500

Silver Sponsors – $1,500

This year we recognize two outstanding community leaders whose work has meaningfully affected the arc of justice for our Micronesian community: the law firm Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing for their extensive pro bono work on Micronesian issues and Dina Shek, Esq., director of the University of Hawaii Medical-Legal Partnership serving the large Micronesian community in Kalihi Vallley.  The award presentations will be made at our Annual General Membership meeting and Awards Luncheon.


Board Member selected for 2012 Leadership Conference

Congratulations to Board Member Jacce Mikulanec!

Jacce Mikulanec was selected to represent the Northern California-Western Nevada-Pacific District at the JACL/OCA 2012 Leadership Conference. From March 10-13th, Jacce will join 29 other emerging leaders from the JACL and Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) to learn about and advocate for issues impacting the Asian Pacific American community.  Jacce will take part in policy briefings,  meetings with congressional leaders, and attend a White House briefing.

Recap: A Decade After 9/11

On September 10, 2011, JACL-Honolulu Chapter and Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii held a special event, “A Decade After 9/11: Acknowledging the Harms, Learning the Lessons, and Shaping the Future.” Event co-sponsors included ACLU of Hawaii, Community Alliance on Prisons, Hawaii Peace and Justice, Hawaii People’s Fund, and NAACP Hawaii.

The forum opened with an invocation by Rev. Dr. Jonipher Kwong of First Unitarian Church of Honolulu, followed by a video presentation of the 2003 Day of Remembrance, produced and directed by Cynthia Gates Fujikawa. A panel discussion was moderated by attorney Ellen Godbey Carson and featured Hakim Ouansafi of the Muslim Association of Hawai‘i, author Tom Coffman, and UH law professor Mari J. Matsuda.

Mr. Ouansafi spoke about his experiences as a Muslim American after 9/11 and noted the better experiences of Muslims in Hawai‘i compared to the experiences on the mainland. Mr. Ounsafi attributed much of it to the lasting sad memories here of the wrongful persecution and ensuing incarceration of over 300 Hawai‘i Japanese (aliens and Americans) in camps in Hawai‘i and over 1500 in mainland camps during World War II. Mr. Coffman discussed his research on ethnic relations in Hawaii before World War II and the role of inter-ethnic social connections as a way to greater understanding and respect. Prof. Matsuda spoke about the critical need for more education and dialogue in the areas of economic justice, religions, and peace.

KITV Coverage of 9/11 Event


The JACL Honolulu congratulates former board member Karen Tooko Nakasone for her confirmation as Circuit Judge of the First Circuit Court of the State of Hawaii.

Board Members with Judge Karen Nakasone

Hawai‘i Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony

Last October, President Obama awarded the Congressional Gold Medal (CGM), the nation’s highest civilian award, to the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the Military Intelligence Service. A ceremony is being planned in Washington, DC to honor these veterans. Another ceremony will be held locally for those unable to travel to Washington.

The Hawai‘i ceremony is tentatively planned for December 17 & 18. Information will be posted on our website as it becomes available. For more information on the Washington ceremony, go to www.nationalveteransnetwork.com.


SATURDAY, December 17
10:00 or 10:30 am – Parade through Waikiki
12:00 to 2:00 pm – CGM Banquet at the Hawai‘ i Convention Center
SUNDAY, December 18
Morning – service at Punchbowl to honor veterans who have already passed

* There will be a formal announcement following the approval of the CGM Events Joint Resolution by Congress.

A Decade After 9/11


Acknowledging the Harms, Learning the Lessons & Shaping the Future

Saturday, September 10 • 10 am – 12 noon

Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i

Presented by JACL-Honolulu and the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i. Please join us to commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9/11 with a video presentation and speaker panel with Hakim Ouansafi (Muslim Association of Hawai‘i), Tom Coffman (author, The Island Edge of America) and Mari J. Matsuda (Professor of Law, William S. Richardson School of Law), facilitated by Ellen Godbey Carson (JACL member and attorney). The panel will explore the experiences of the Muslim American community in Hawai‘i, racial tensions during wartime, and current events related to social justice.

All are welcome. Admission is free; refreshments served. RSVP is not required, but we would appreciate it for a head count. Please email jaclhon@gmail.com.