The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i will honor five individuals and one organization at its annual “Sharing the Spirit of Aloha” gala on Saturday, June 22, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Coral Ballroom. Being honored this year are Coach Gerald Oda and the 2018 Honolulu Little League World Series Team; Lenn Sakata, the first player from Hawai‘i to play in the World Series; Christine Kubota, attorney and community leader; Alan Oshima, CEO of Hawaiian Electric Company; and Chef Alan Wong. The Spirit of JCCH award will be presented to Carole Hayashino, JCCH president emerita.

The gala celebrates and honors individuals and organizations who reflect the aloha spirit in their service to the community and professional work. It pays tribute to those who helped to advance the mission of the JCCH, enhance the development of the Japanese American community, or worked to preserve and perpetuate Japanese American heritage and culture in Hawai‘i.

The reception and silent auction begins at 5 p.m. with the dinner and program to start at 6 p.m.

Individual tickets are $250 ($200 for JCCH members) with table sponsorships (tables of eight) ranging from $3,000 to $25,000. Proceeds from the event will support JCCH’s programs and services. To reserve tickets or for more information, call Audrey Muromoto at 218-6728 or email


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