Guide to the Hawayo Takata papers ARC Mss 86

Finding Aid by Beaudry Allen and Ana Gonzalez-Jimenez; latest revision by Leland Riddlesperger, 2020.
UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Research Collections
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara 93106-9010
August 2018; 2020

Title: Hawayo Takata papers
Identifier/Call Number: ARC Mss 86
Language of Material: Multiple languages
Contributing Institution: UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Research Collections
Creator: Takata, Hawayo Kawamuri, 1900-1980
Physical Description: 27.11 linear feet (2 cartons, 8 document boxes, 3 half-size document boxes, 16 flat boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1935-2011
Date (bulk): 1938-1980
Abstract: The collection includes the personal papers and belongings of Hawayo Takata, Reiki master, as well as material on Reiki practices throughout the 1930s to 1980s.
Language of Material: Materials are in English and Japanese.
Physical Location: Special Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

No reproductions permitted for certificates.
Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donation, 2017

Preferred Citation

[Identification of Item], Hawayo Takata papers. ARC Mss 86. Department of Special Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Biographical Note

In her diary, Hawayo Takata describes Reiki as an "unseen spiritual power that vibrates and all other powers fade into insignificance beside it." This power or force is believed to be within all of us, but those who study and apply it correctly can use it to heal. Dr. Mikao Usui introduced Reiki in Japan in 1922. Since that time, Reiki has become a popular alternative to medicine and a technique for stress reduction and relaxation. Practitioners practice healing mild and chronic, physical or mental ailments with energy transferred through their hands.
In 1935, when Takata was 35 years old, she suffered from several illnesses and traveled to Japan for care. She entered a hospital in Tokyo for an operation and while there, she heard about Reiki and decided to try the therapy. While under the care of Reiki master Chujiro Hayashi for four months, Mrs. Takata recovered. She was so grateful that she asked to be taught the practice of Reiki. In February 1938, Hayashi Sensei initiated Hawayo Takata as a Reiki Master. She took everything that she had learned to Hawaii and would go on to train twenty-two masters. During the years of practicing Reiki in Hawaii, she acquired international and well-known clients, including Barbara Hutton and Doris Duke, and traveled to the United States mainland and other parts of the world teaching and giving treatments.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of personal belongings, Hawayo Takata's personal writings, publications on Reiki, certificates, correspondence, and photographs relating to the life of Hawayo Takata and Reiki practices.


The collection is arranged into six series: Biographical materials, Correspondence, Certificates, Reiki writings, Photographs, and Memorabilia and artifacts.

Related Archival Materials

American Religions Collection, ARC Mss 1, Special Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.
Cult Awareness Network (CAN) Collection. ARC Mss 19. Special Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Reiki (Healing system)
Spiritual care (Medical care)
Spiritual healing
Writings (documents)
Takata, Hawayo Kawamuri, 1900-1980 -- Archives


Series 1. Biographical materials

Scope and Content

Includes Hawayo Takata's personal documents that detail her life, business, and family genealogy. A few of the items are her own writings. Many materials are translated from japanese and include information about Reiki healing practices and its founder, Mikao Usui. Of partcular note, the series includes pamphlets and articles providing information on different healing practices and religions as well as flyers and schedules for various spiritual events.
box 1, folder 1

Passports 1963-1976

box 1, folder 2

Business cards undated

box 1, folder 3-4

Business papers 1971-1972

box 1, folder 5-6

Scanned financial records and business papers 1946-1979

box 1, folder 7

Scrapbook 1937-1938

box 1, folder 8

Memorial service papers 1980 December 11-1984 September 16

box 2, folder 1

Properties business papers 1946-1978

box 2, folder 2

Tax records 1960-1978

box 2, folder 3

Takata personal papers 1965-1980

Scope and Content

Contains notes, articles, papmhlets, newsletters, programs, and other ephemera collected by Takata regarding Taoism, healing, nutrition, Dr. Robert Charles, American College of Psychic Studies, and Spiritual Advisory Council.
box 2, folder 4

Kawamura-Takata genealogy 2011 November 18

box 2, folder 5

Travel artifacts 1959-1977

box 2, folder 6

Alice Takata's notes for grey book undated

box 2, folder 7

Translated Japanese language materials 1996-2006

Scope and Content

Fujita Makoto, "Concerning the Lineage of Usui Family and the Existence of Usui Mikao" (includes translation of Usui's memorial); Masahiro Nomura's "Reiki Experience"; Ace Japan Translations, Japanese language newspaper articles, "Treatment guide," translation by Ryoho Shinshin (Japanese-language manual of Hayashi Reiki Kenkyukai).
box 10

Japanese prayer books undated

box 11, folder 1

Japanese bound book undated


Hawayo Takata writings

box 5, folder 5

"Art of Healing" excerpt from Takata's early diary 1948

box 5, folder 6

Hawayo Takata "Art of Healing" 1948

box 5, folder 7-8

Autobiography drafts 1935-1945

box 7

Class rosters and receipts - Puerto Rico 1978-1979

box 7

Class receipts - Puerto Rico 1978-1979

box 7

Class rosters and receipts - Hawaii 1972-1981

box 7

Class receipts 1974-1977

box 7

Class receipts - California 1975-1977

box 7

Reiki class notes 1974-1978

box 7

Autograph album and address books 1932, 1950-1955, 1953-1954

box 7

Visitor's books 1951, 1977

box 7

Takata's notebooks, Alice's notebook 1920-1938, 1976, ca. 1980

box 7

Calendar, class roster - Japan 1973, 1975-1976

box 7

Stamp book 1937


Series 2. Correspondence

Scope and Content

The series mainly consists of personal and business correspondence with Hawayo Takata. Correspondence with Hawayo Takata's friends and master students are separated and organized by last name and include personal written and typed letters, cards, postcards, and pictures. Other correspondence with institutions including the Louis Foundation, the Universal Church of the Masters, the Kawaski Electric Industry Company, and Ryodoraku Research Institute contains member information, newsletters, and membership cards. Also included is correspondence between Karl Taku and Hawayo Takata regarding their financial partnership.
box 6

Karl Taku correspondence with Takata 1971-1972

box 6

Correspondence to Hawayo Takata before 1970 1949-1969

box 6

Correspondence from Hawayo Takata 1974-1980

box 6

Correspondence from institutions 1973-1980

box 6

Correspondence to Hawayo Takata after 1970 (A-E) 1973-1980

box 6

Correspondence to Hawayo Takata after 1970 (F-J) 1972-1980

box 6

Correspondence to Hawayo Takata after 1970 (K-O) 1973-1980

box 6

Correspondence to Hawayo Takata after 1970 (P-V) 1970-1980

box 6

Correspondence to Hawayo Takata after 1970 (W-Z) and letters from people with no surnames 1973-1978

box 6

Correspondence - Puerto Rico 1978-1980

box 6

Memorial papers - condolence letters undated


Master students correspondence

box 8, folder 2-4

Araki-Brown 1977-1989

box 8, folder 5-6

Furumoto-Lombard 1974-1986

box 9, folder 1-2

McCullough-Phaigh 1984-1999

box 9, folder 3-5

Saito-Yamashito 1975-1989


Series 3. Certificates

Scope and Content

Includes certificates belonging to Hawayo Takata declaring her an official licensed member and minister of various organizations including the Indian Association of America, the American Indian Church Temple and Indian Missions, and the Universal Church of the Master. The majority of certificates are for Takata's different levels of mastery in Reiki both in English and Japanese.

Use Restrictions

Please note the certificates are not available for reproduction.
box 3, folder 1

Japenese Hayashi-Kai travel certificates undated

box 3, folder 2

Takata travel certificate 1948 November 21

box 3, folder 3

Certificates 1947-1970

box 3

Certificates 1976-1977

box 15

Shoden Hayashi Reiki Kenyukai certificate undated

box 15

Okuden Hayashi Reiki Kenkyukai certificate undated

box 15

Zukeran Oto (1866 - 1976) (Laupahoehoe) Shoden Hayashi Reiki Kenkyukai certificate undated

box 15

Akasaki Jiro (1888 - 1965) (Paauilo) Shoden Hayashi Reiki Kenkyukai certificate undated

box 15

Fujiyoshi Matsuye Shoden Hayashi Reiki Kenkyukai certificate undated

box 15

Nishihira Kame Shoden Hayashi Reiki Kenkyukai certificate undated

box 15

Blank shodent certificate undated

box 16

Universal Church of the Master certificate of ordination 1975 September 19

box 16

American Indian Church Temple and Indian Missions certificate of ordination 1948 November 21

box 16

The Indian Association of America, Inc. Doctor of Naturopathy certificate 1948 November 21

box 16

The American Indian Association membership certificate 1948 November 21

box 16

Rosicrucian Order certificate 1951 July 23

box 16

Bethal Phaigh introductory course Reiki certificate 1978 July 15

box 16

Bethal Phaigh intermediate course Reiki certificate 1979 October 10

box 16

Bethal Phaigh advanced course Reiki certificate 1980 October 7

frame 2

Hawayo Takata's Japanese first class certification 1935 December 13

box 29

Hawayo Takata Japanese certificate 1935 December 13

frame 4

Takata's English-language certificate 1938 February 21

frame 5

Hawayo Takata's master certificate undated


Series 4. Reiki writings

Scope and Content

Includes many articles about Takata's career, spiritual healing practices, and Reiki. Also includes early manuscripts of Living Reiki: Takata's Teachings by Fran Brown.
box 4, folder 1

Living Reiki: Takata's Teachings correspondence and manuscripts 1990-1992

box 4, folder 2

Living Reiki: Takata's Way by Fran Brown bound manuscript 1999

box 4, folder 3

Journey Into Consciousness by Bethal Phaigh manuscript undated

box 4, folder 4

Journey Into Consciousness by Bethal Phaigh circa 1980

box 4, folder 5

"Leiki" Reiki 1982

box 4, folder 6

The Usui System of Natural Healing by Paul Mitchel 1985

box 4, folder 7

In the Light a Distant Star: A Spiritual Journey Bringing the Unseen Into the Seen by Wanja Twan 1995

box 4, folder 8

The Usui System of Healing by Fran Brown 1992-1994

box 5, folder 1

Publications 1936-1981

Scope and Content

Includes Takata autobiography, correspondence, newspaper articles, and "Kawai's Valley House" article, the family and house where Takata was employed circa 1916 - 1936.
box 5, folder 2

Takata/Reiki publications 1936-1991

box 5, folder 3

Hayashi materials 1935-1937

box 5, folder 4

Psychic Dimensions 1997 January

box 17, folder 1

"She is Gentle Healer" circa 1974

box 11, folder 2

The Teaching of Buddha: The Buddhist Bible 1966

box 11, folder 3

The Litgury of Nichiren Shoshu 1961

box 11, folder 4

Rissho Yosei Kai memorial book undated

box 11, folder 5

Kenko magazine in Japanese 1974 January 18 - 1977 April 16

box 11, folder 6

Japanese comic book and magazine 1973

box 11, folder 7

Sandeha Nivarini: Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba 1973

box 17, folder 2

"Mrs. Takata and Reiki Power," Honolulu Advertisers 1974 February 25

box 17, folder 3

"Mrs. Takata Opens Minds About Reiki," The Times 1975 May 17

box 17, folder 4

"Faith Healer Ends Years of Agony in Hour," National Inquirer 1974 January 16

box 17, folder 5

"'Sanadora' Hawaiana Explica Sus Métodos,¨ El Vocero 1979 July 20

box 17, folder 6

"Hawayana Dará Conferencias Sobre Energía Positiva y Sanación," El Mundo 1979 July 20

box 17, folder 7

"Mrs. Takata Opens Door to Japanese Healing Art," The San Juan Star 1979 July 20

box 17, folder 8

"Reiki Master Uses Forces of Cosmos in Healing Process," Honolulu Star Bulletin 1983 June 18

box 17, folder 9

"Willingness To Be Well: Motivating Wellness"/ Paul Mitchel-Reiki master advertisement, New Age Healer 1984 March

box 17, folder 10

"Natural Healings Taught in Homes"/ "Opera Star Sings of New Healing Life" 1978 October 25


Series 5. Photographs

Scope and Content

Includes Reiki practitioner Bethal Pahigh's photographs used in her book Journey into Consciousness, photographs of Reiki Master Chujiro Hayashi, and photographs taken at a funeral.
box 12, folder 1

Phaigh, Bethal, photographs and contact sheets undated

box 12, folder 2

Reiki therapy Grand Master Hayashi Chujiro-sensei farewell meeting undated

box 12, folder 3

Hayashi farewell brunch, photograph 1938 February 20

box 12, folder 4

Funeral of Kawanura photographs undated

box 19

Photograph of Hawashi Chujiro and Kiyoe undated

box 19

Hayashi group photograph undated

Content note

Taken in Honolulu. Includes Hawayo Takata, daugther Julia, Dr. Hayashi, Mr. Aoya (Grove Hotel owner), and Sally, Julia's friend.
box 19

Portrait of Takata undated

box 19

Portrait of Usui 1948 November 21


Series 6. Memorabilia and artifacts

Scope and Content

Includes personal items and artifacts of Takata as well as items used for Reiki.

Reiki Massage Table

box 13

Two vibrating material-covered pads undated

box 13

Vibrating heat box undated

box 13

Electrical leads

box 13

Splitter undated

object Artifact Shelves

Massage table cushions and electronic bed controls

box 14

Gold eyeglass case containing IDs and membership cards 1974-1978

box 14

Silk purses undated

box 14

Hawayo Takata's seal embosser undated

box 14

Hawayo Takata business stamps undated

box 14

Japanese photo corners undated

box 14

Golf memorabilia 1972

box 14

Golf trophy to Hirome Takata 1965

box 14

Mailing tube for massage license 1943 July 7

box 14

Small iron statue of golfer undated

box 18

Prayer beads

box 18

Small vase in a box

box 18

Key chain and key

box 18

Small dish with tree decoration

box 18

Blue fan

box 18

Wooden artifact

box 18

Beaded necklaces

box 18


box 18

Small paper bag full of beads

box 18

Seven squares of cardboard with Japanese cartography

box 18


box 18

Yellow pouch, brown cord, with a picture of a man spreading coins on it

box 18

Aromatic incense sticks

box 18

Small sealed cloth bag

box 18

Memorial long white cloth with Japanese script

box 18

Scrolls and sheets of Japanese script

box 18

Small brass artifact in box

box 18

Two Japanese door pulls

box 19

Gold etching of Kinkakuji, Kyoto undated

box 19

Acupuncture anatomical chart undated

box 19

Japanese calligraphy painting undated

box 19

Dr. Hayashi caligraphy of the 5 Reiki principles (Gokai) undated

box 20

Reiki: Usui Shiki Ryoho through the stories of Takata's students, A collection of teachings from five masters initiated by Hawayo Takata 2007

box 20

Takata in Yellow Stone 1959 August 14

box 20

Takata in Salt Lake City 1959 August 15

box 20

45 LP undated

item A33428/CS

Nora Kawamura Sewil undated

item A33429/CS

Takata Speaks Volume 1: Reiki Stories, Selections and Introductions by John Harvey Grey undated

item A33430/CS

Psychic reading of Takata 1975 June 12

item V10776/DVD

Takata in Yellow Stone and Salt Lake City undated


Loyal Garner: Hawaii Today, 8-track 1979 March 18

frame 1

Hawayo Takata portrait 1976 January 10

box 21-28

Outfits undated

Scope and Contents

Includes dresses, blazers, belts, shoes, pants, and a shawl.