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Famous Reiki Healer: Hawayo Takata


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Born - December 24, 1900 on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. Hawayo was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Otogoro Kawamuru. She was named after the Hawaiian Islands.
Died - December 11, 1980


  • Sugarcane field worker
  • Waitress/Dishwasher at a soda fountain
  • Housekeeper
  • Reiki Master/Teacher


Reiki: Third lineage bearer of Usui Shiki Ryoho (natural healing system of Reiki). Second lineage bearer is Dr. Chujiro Hayashi, who she trained under. Japanese Zen Buddhist, Dr. Mikaomi Usui is the founder of Usui Reiki.

Best Known For: Bringing the teachings of Reiki healing from the East to the Western hemisphere. She taught Reiki classes both in Canada and the continental United States in the 1970s.

Life Path of Hawayo Takata:

American born Hawayo, who was of Japanese descent, followed her father's occupational footsteps laboring in the sugarcane fields in Hawaii for one year. This type of work did not suit her because of her slight build. Afterwards she worked for a time as a waitress and dishwasher at a soda fountain. Later on she secured a housekeeper position in the home of a wealthy plantation owner. While there she become acquainted with the plantation's bookkeeper, Saichi Takata. They consequently married and had two daughters.
Hawayo was widowed when she was only thirty-four. She never remarried and it fell upon her to work hard and provide for her young daughters.

She traveled to Tokyo to seek medical care for multiple health challenges. She suffered from abdominal pain resulting from a tumor, gallstones, and appendicitis. Her plans to a undergo surgical procedure at a hospital were changed when she heard a faint voice (inner voice) telling her that surgery was not necessary, that there was another way. She spoke with the surgeon, asking if he knew of alternative treatments. There was!

Hawayo was introduced to Dr. Chujiro Hayaashi, who operated his own Reiki clinic in Tokyo. Her ill health improved as she began daily treatments at the clinic. In addition to the daily treatments, Hayaashi agreed to empower Hawayo with four initiations (Reiki attunements) to achieve Shoden. This is the equivalent of being attuned to Reiki Level One. This was done so that Hawayo would be able to conduct self-treatments.

After a few months of treatments (at the clinic and self-treatments) Dr. Hayashi and his wife invited Takata into stay with them in their home while she trained to become a Reiki practitioner and work at the Reiki Clinic treating others. For one year she worked mornings at the clinic and made house calls to clients in the afternoons. In 1937 she received Okuken (Reiki Level Two) before returning to Hawaii. With the help of Dr. Hayashi and his daughter, Hawayo established a Reiki practice in Honolulu. In 1938 she received Shinpiden (Reiki Master Level). This enabled Hawayo to teach Reiki to others in Hawaii. In the 1970's she traveled to Canada and the continental United States to teach Reiki. In 1976 she trained four Master student. Before her death Hawayo in 1980 she had initiated twenty-two individuals.

The Twenty-Two Usui Reiki Initiates

Below is a quick listing of the names of the individuals who were attuned to Master Level of Usui Shiki Ryoho by Takata. For more details about their whereabouts and contributions in the healing arts click through to my article Hawayo Takata Usui Reiki Lineage.

  1. George Araki
  2. Dorothy Baba
  3. Ursula Baylow
  4. Rick Bockner
  5. Patricia Bowling
  6. Barbara Brown
  7. Fran Brown
  8. Phyllis Lei Furumoto
  9. Beth Gray
  10. John Harvey Gray
  11. Iris Ishikuro
  12. Harry M.Kuboi
  13. Ethel Lombardi
  14. Barbara McCullough
  15. Mary Alexandra McFadyen
  16. Paul Mitchell
  17. Bethal Phaigh
  18. Dr. Barbara Ray
  19. Shinobu Saito
  20. Virgina Samdahl
  21. Wanja Twan
  22. Kay Yamashita
Reference: The Everything Guide to Reiki, written by Phylameana lila Desy, Adams Media, 2012, Hawayo Takata's Story, written by Helen J. Haberly, Archedigm, 2000


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