This 2018, marks the 150th year since the first Japanese immigrants – our ancestors who have sacrificed to find a better life in 1868, settled in Hawaii to work for the sugar plantation. This is a big and momentous milestone for the Japanese community of Hawaii. The first immigrants, about 150 of them, are known as the “Gannenmono.Learn more about who they are.


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Kaiwo Maru

A series of commemorative events are being planned throughout the State of Hawaii by various organizations, collectively known as the Kizuna Group (kizuna means “bond”), which includes JCS Maui. Aside from the annual Maui Matsuri, which is a multi-day celebration of the Japanese culture, the Honolulu Japanese Consulate General has made it possible for the state to welcome 140 Japanese crew members of the distinguished Kaiwo Maru training ship, which will dock at the Kahului Harbor in May.

Maui’s Gannenmono Committee is dedicated to making sure our esteemed guests from Japan have a memorable and productive time while they are on Maui. The Gannenmono is an important part of Maui County’s history and we need your support for the success of the events planned.

Gannenmono Committee:
Deidre Tegarden, Nisei Veterans Memorial Center
Kay Fukumoto, Maui Matsuri, Maui Taiko
Brian Sato, Japanese Cultural Society of Maui
Tokie Ogawa, County of Maui Office of Economic Development
Leah Belmonte, Office of the Governor
Duane Kim, Kahului Port Master
Roz Lightfoot, Sugar Museum
Kyoko Kimura, Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii
Lynn Araki-Regan, County of Maui Mayor’s Office
Tiffany Iida, Maui County Sister Cities Foundation
Stephanie Ohigashi, UH Maui College
Leona Kushi, Maui Okinawan Kenjin Kai