The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i is holding its first live event since the coronavirus pandemic forced Center leadership to close the doors of the once-busy Mo‘ili‘ili institution to the public on March 15. For all of July, JCCH will hold a comprehensive, “re-opening” Gift Shop sale of its entire stock, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday every week of the month, starting on Wednesday, July 1, and finishing on Saturday, July 31. Gift Shop staff will provide hand sanitizer, encourage customers to practice social distancing, and clean the store regularly to keep things as hygienic and safe as possible for visitors.
JCCH is putting all things in the shop’s large inventory on discount. With sale prices of 25% off for non-JCCH members and 30% off for members, everyone is sure to find a treat for themselves and for friends and family (non-members may join at jcch.com/membership-benefits). The inventory includes the store’s full stock of books, gently used items, kitchenware, Japanese dishes and decorative ceramics, household items, accessories, dolls, kimono, t-shirts, cards, gifts, and other things.
This comeback sale presents a chance to get re-acquainted with the Gift Shop and the Center, as JCCH implements safety protocols and develops plans to reopen its martial arts dojo, events ballroom, community archives and historical gallery. Like other Japanese American cultural and nonprofit organizations, the JCCH Board and staff are exploring possible options for sharing the Center’s social spaces, research and data resources and many services and events with the community once more, in socially responsible yet connecting ways.
Paid parking is available in the Center building, but visitors can get a two-hour validation with a $10 purchase. Call Kenrick Yoshida at (808) 945-7633 for more information.