The Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce is one of Honolulu’s major business organizations, representing a cross-section of the city’s businesses, industries and professions. As members of the Chamber, businesses and government professionals are given an opportunity to collectively seek solutions to Hawaii’s community and business problems which can best be solved by group action.

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The term “Kuroko” (literal translation: black child//black clothes) is used in reference to the stagehands in traditional Japanese theatre, dressed all in black so as to appear invisible.  They move about in kabuki and noh stages much as a stealthy ninja at night. They may even hold props or move scenery, but are rarely apparent […]

To our valued Members, It is with the spirit of Thanksgiving that I write you. All of you have helped to make the Chamber one of the strongest organizations in the state. Mahalo. Time is quickly flying by and before we know it, we will be celebrating the New Year. During the first quarter of […]

On Sunday, October 5, 2014, fifteen HJCC members and their families gathered at the Special Events Room at The Pineapple Room for a member visit with Chef Alan Wong, members of his staff and Lorna Tsutsumi, professor of entomology at the University of Hawaii – Hilo Campus. Chef Alan Wong spoke to the group about […]


Our Chamber was invited by the Chigasaki delegation led by Mayor Nobuaki Hattori and Chigasaki Chamber Chairman Toshimichi Yamaguchi to conduct a seminar on “Investments in Hawaii.”  The Chamber was represented by Chair Candice Naito, President Wayne Ishihara, Chair of International Business Development comittee Rika Hirata and Past Chair Christine Kubota who was the speaker.  […]

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Past Chair and retired CEO Joichi Saito, Central Pacific Bank received the prestigious Japan Foreign Minister’s Commendation for his outstanding contributions to furthering the U.S./Hawaii relationship with Japan.  The presentation was done at the residence of the Honorable Consul General of Japan Toyoei Shigeeda.