Hawayo Takata

Hawayo Hiromi Takata (December 24, 1900 – December 11, 1980) was a Japanese-American woman born in Hanamaulu, Territory of Hawaii, who helped introduce the spiritual practice of Reiki to the Western World.[1]

Takata was trained in Reiki by Chujiro Hayashi in Tokyo, Japan and became a Master Practitioner by 1940. Hayashi had learned from Mikao Usui, the first teacher of Reiki, in the early 1900s.[2] Identification of training lineage is common among Reiki practitioners. Within the tradition, Takata is sometimes known as Reiki Grand Master Teacher Hawayo Takata.

Hawayo Takata, 79, of Keosauqua, died at 2.45 a.m. Thursday, Dec, 11, 1980, at Van Buren County Memorial Hospital, in Keosauqua, Iowa.[3]

Further readingEdit

  • Haberly, Helen J. (1990). Reiki: Hawayo Takata's Story. Blue Mountain Publications. ISBN 0944135064.


  1. ^ Paul, Nina L. (2013). Reiki for dummies. Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 9781118054741. OCLC 864463973.
  2. ^ "Takata (Hawayo) papers". UC Santa Barbara Library. Retrieved 2019-08-05.
  3. ^ "OBITUARIES FOR HAWAYO TAKATA". www.aetw.org. Retrieved 2021-05-26.