Nate Gyotoku Appointed as JCCH President and Executive Director

December 22, 2020

(Honolulu) The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i (JCCH) Board of Directors announced that Mr. Nate Gyotoku will serve as the new President and Executive Director effective January 11, 2021.

“I am pleased to welcome Nate back to JCCH as president and executive director to move us forward in 2021 and the years ahead,” said Scott Kuioka, JCCH Board Chairman. “Nate brings a commitment to community service, passion for the JCCH mission and experience in the non-profit sector. We are confident that Nate will work collaboratively with the Board to lead the organization through these uncertain COVID and post-COVID times.”

Nate Gyotoku served as the JCCH Chief Operating Officer and Director of Programs in 2015. While at the JCCH, Nate was involved in redesigning and naming of the Tokioka Heritage Resource Center and chaired the New Year’s Ohana Festival for two years. Upon leaving JCCH, Nate was the Director of Sustainability Initiatives at Kupu and more recently served as the President and Executive Director of Junior Achievement of Hawai‘i. His volunteer leadership activities include chairman of the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce, participant in the US-Japan Council Emerging Leaders Program and Vice- Chair of the Hawai‘i Region of the USJC.

“I am humbled and grateful for this opportunity to lead the JCCH”, said Gyotoku. “I look forward to working with the staff, Board of Directors, and our community to move the JCCH forward into a new era.”

Nate grew up in Hilo and received his undergraduate degree in English Literature at UNLV. In addition to his non-profit work experience, Nate has worked in the private sector at Heide & Cook and as a consultant with Century Computers (PacXa).