May 6, 2023 | 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
2454 South Beretania Street, Honolulu, HI 96826
Event Planned By Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaiʻi

On May 6, 2023, Irasshai: Eat, Drink, Kanpai! presented by Central Pacific Bank Foundation drew a crowd of over 400 people and offered food and drink from over sixteen restaurants and local businesses. As guests entered the torii gate, their faces lit up as they caught sight of the colorful lanterns, banners and yagura adorning the courtyard. A rousing taiko performance by the Taiko Center of the Pacific kicked off the festivities, followed by Okinawan beats by the Ryukyu Koten Ongaku Afuso Ryu Gensei Kai of Hawaii.

While enjoying the culinary delights, guests were invited to explore the special activities on the 1st floor, including a demonstration of the 3D scanning of JCCH artifacts being completed by high school students at Mid-Pacific Institute. Local writer Scott Kikkawa talked story with visitors in the Tokioka Heritage Resource Center, which Scott often relies upon to research his books. 

Mahalo to all of our table sponsors, guests, donors, volunteers, and partners in the community for your support in this new endeavor. Thank you for helping us to achieve our fundraising goals and to showcase the Center as an energizing community gathering place. 

We look forward to hosting Irasshai next year and hope you will plan to be a part of it!

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Mahalo to our sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor

Matsu (Pine)



Take (Bamboo)

Enterprise Holdings HouseMart

Mark and Joanie Teruya
WKF, Inc. / Upspring The Yonamine Company


Ume (Plum)

A Downtown Dental Group

Andrew Ogawa

Aon Risk Services Inc. of Hawaii

Bamboo Catering

Carole Hayashino and Christine Kubota

Daniel DeSouza, Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Elite Parking

Howard Hughes Corporation

Kumabe HR

Matson Navigation Company Inc

Ota & Hara, LLLC

Remedy Intelligent Staffing
RHA Energy Partners, LLC Robbie and Cindy Alm Temari, Center for Asian & Pacific Arts

In-Kind Donors and Contributors

  • Aloha Beer 
  • Armstrong Produce 
  • Bamboo Catering 
  • Bank of Hawai‘i volunteers 
  • Beer Lab HI 
  • Big Island Candies 
  • Cherry Blossom Festival Court 
  • Elite Parking 
  • Events Sanitation Plus 
  • Flora-Dec Hawai‘i
  • Frolic/HONOLULU Magazine
  • Go For Broke National Education Center
  • Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce
  • Ito EN Hawai‘i
  • JCCH Volunteers
  • Johnson Brothers
  • JPG Hawai‘i, Design + Print
  • Kamehameha Schools
  • Kyo-ya Management Company
  • Lotus Spirits
  • Mid-Pacific Institute
  • Midweek/Crave
  • Multimedia Solutions
  • Music by Ohtoro
  • Osaki Creative Group
  • Pacific Maxillofacial Center
  • Rainbow Sake
  • Ryukyu Koten Ongaku Afuso Ryu Gensei Kai of Hawaii
  • Shinnyo-En Hawai‘i
  • Sun Noodle
  • Taiko Center of the Pacific