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Resources on Okinawa/Ryukyu at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) Library have been developed with the assistance of notable scholars such as Shunzo Sakamaki, Robert Sakai, Mitsugu Sakihara, William Lebra and Masato Matsui since 1960s. (Article about History of Okinawan Studies in UH) From its beginning, strong support from the local Okinawa community in Hawaii has contributed to collection development efforts. In 2007 and 2008, a great number of materials on Okinawa/Ryukyu were donated by local Okinawa community leaders Mr. Robert Nakasone and the late Mr. Takenobu Higa. These resources are being processed into the collection and many are searchable via Hawaii Voyager.

About the Okinawa Collection Website

The Website was developed to assist scholarly research on Okinawa/Ryukyu and provide access to resources in the UHM Okinawa Collection. The site was originally designed by Hisashi Gakiya, a UHM student in Communications (December 2009 graduate), as a special project at the UHM Asia Collection Department. Originally from Okinawa, Hisashi combined his artistic and technical expertise (including his original photographs) with his understanding of Okinawa. His dedication and hard work are much appreciated.



The general materials are integrated into the East (Japanese language) and Asia (English & other western languages) Collections of Hamilton Library on the 3rd and 4th floors. Hamilton Library's floor plans are available here.

Please use the Hawaii Voyager Online Catalog to identify the resources you need.

Non-circulating materials are housed in the Asia Special Collections room on the 4th floor of Hamilton Library. They are available for research but an advance appointment is required for access. Please read the access policy.

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Contact: Sachiko Iwabuchi, Okinawa Studies Librarian
Asia Collection, University of Hawaii at Manoa Library
2550 McCarthy Mall, Honolulu, HI 96822 U.S.A
Email:sachiko.iwabuchi[at]hawaii.edu, phn: 808-956-2311