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25th Annual New Years Ohana Festival

Celebrate the Year of the Dog with the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i at the 25th Annual New Year’s ‘Ohana Festival! 2018 marks the Silver Anniversary for the festival and this event will be the kick-off event for the “Gannenmono” Celebration marking the 150th Anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii.

Enjoy entertainment, food booths, keiki games, kimono dressing, craft fair, cultural demonstrations, and much more! Celebrate the New Year at the New Year’s ‘Ohana Festival! Admission to the festival is free and open to the public. Free parking will be available at the UH parking structure with complimentary shuttle service to and from the festival.

Celebrating 150 Years

Celebrating 150 years of Japanese in Hawai‘i. The JCCH kicks off the 150th anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants to Hawai‘i at the 25th New Year’s Ohana Festival with a special new year’s blessing at 9:30 a.m. on the Mō‘ili‘ili Field! As a member of Kizuna Hawai‘i and the Gannenmono Committee, JCCH will sponsor a number of activities throughout 2018 to commemorate this historic milestone.

The Gannenmono, or "first year men,” arrived in Hawai‘i from Yokohama in 1868. They numbered approximately 150 people from Japan of diverse backgrounds such as urban dwellers, artists, cooks and displaced samurai. These immigrants were the first of what would become wave after wave of Issei, the first generation. Working mainly as laborers or in the sugar cane fields, by 1924, so many Japanese had come to the islands that they constituted over 40% of the population. For more information on the 150 anniversary activities and calendar of events, please check the websites: or


Things to see and do at the New Years Ohana Festival

  • Shinto Shrinies & Tea Ceremony

    Shinto Shrines
    & Tea Ceremony

    at the Cultural Center

  • Nippon Golden Network & Vacations Hawaii

    Nippon Golden Network
    & Vacations Hawaii

    at the Cultural Center

  • Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony

    Cherry Blossom Festival
    Opening Ceremony

    at the Cultural Center

  • Mochitsuki Demonstration

    Mochitsuki Demonstration

    at Mō‘ili‘ili Field

Events Schedules

Fill your day with the many events to see, foods to eat, and things to do.


The Cultural Center features a Community
and Historical Gallery, Resource Center,
Kenshikan martial arts dōjō, Seikōan Japanese
teahouse and Gift Shop.



2454 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96826
(808) 945-7633

Festival Maps

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Map of the
whole festival area

A complete overview of the festival grounds.
The Cultural Center street & upper levels
and Mō‘ili‘ili Field

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Mahalo to our Sponsors whose generosity makes it possible to host this event.