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Mission Statement

To promote the well-being of our community through business and personal relationships advancing the values of

Kahiau & Okage Sama De


“giving without expecting anything in return”


Okage Sama De

“I am what I am because of you”

Purpose, Goals & Objectives

  • Inform and educate members and our Hawai‘i Island community; stimulate interest and participation in civic activities
  • Promote the general welfare of Hawai‘i Island and the State of Hawai‘i
  • Be a political and social force
  • Advocate for laws and ordinances beneficial to business and our community
  • Encourage business, including foreign trade and industry, agriculture, and tourism, that will promote economic growth, attract new business, and entertain visitors
  • Perpetuate the Japanese culture, heritage, and traditions in Hawai‘i


For nearly 70 years, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Hawai‘i has stood up for local businesses while promoting Japanese values.

In June 1950, the Hilo Civic Association and the Hilo Japanese Chamber of Commerce, which had similar intent, functions and overlapping membership, merged to form JCCIH. The newly formed Chamber boasted 353 members. Our members range from mom-and-pop shops, professional service offices, eateries, banking and automotive businesses, utilities, distributors, educational institutions and human service agencies. They count on JCCIH to be their voice before the Hawai‘i County Council and at the State Capitol, as well as keep them informed about civic and business matters.

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