Hawayo Takata

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Hawayo Hiromi Takata (December 24, 1900 - December 11, 1980), a Japanese-American 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. Her teacher, 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, she is sometimes known as Reiki Grand Master Teacher Hawayo Takata.

Further reading[edit]

  • 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.