About the Center

**Coronavirus (COVID-19) update** 

October 1, 2021: We're continuing to hold in-person activities, however capacity has returned to 10ppl/class.  All other protocols as outlined in the 8/1/21 informational question-and-answer letter update remain the same, and can be reviewed here: https://www.kapahulucenter.org/newsletter  Please check with the office for any questions, and keep in mind that our class schedule and protocols are subject to change/evolve.  Visits to the office must continue to be scheduled ahead of time (no walk-ins).  We ask in advance for your continued flexibility, understanding, and cooperation as we continue to do our best to keep everyone safe!

Our Mission


To provide a community focal point where individuals come for activities and services necessary to enhance their dignity and support their independence, and encourage their involvement in the Center and the community.

About the Center

The program was administered by the University of Hawaii at Manoa and later by the Moiliili Community Center. Kapahulu Center became a 501c(3) non-profit organization in July 1996.


Sharing Legacy


Originally established in 1908, the Waikiki-Kapahulu Japanese Language School relocated to the present site in 1929 at a time when Kapahulu was itself getting started as a residential and business community. Our main building and principal's cottage date back to then and represent examples of old plantation architecture certainly worth preserving. More importantly, the school and its building mirror the development of the Kapahulu community from the 1920's on. Over the years, Kapahulu grew into tight-knit community where neighbors interacted with each other and small family businesses once prospered on nearly every corner of Campbell and Kapahulu Avenues.


2008 commemorated the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Waikiki-Kapahulu Japanese Language School, an important part of a legacy which we continue through the Kapahulu Center.


In 2004, the Waikiki-Kapahulu Japanese School board formally dissolved itself and merged with the Kapahulu Center. Through the gift of the property, buildings and assets of the language school, our Kapahulu Center is the beneficiary of a proud legacy of service and dedication which the school's history represents. Since 1996, our Kapahulu Center has served older adults in the community in general, and will continue our shared legacy through activities which support our mission.