Takata Archives Day


Exploring the Life of Hawayo Takata 
Through Historical Archive Collection

Program 10am to 1pm
Lunch 1pm to 2pm
Program 2pm to 5pm

Location: The Women’s Building 3543 18th Street, SF, CA 94110


Hawayo Takata was born on the island of Kauai in 1900. When she was a young widow with two daughters, she became ill. Her personal healing journey took her to Japan where she found a healing practice called Reiki and through her commitment and dedication, brought Reiki back to Hawaii. Often called the Usui System of Natural Healing, Takata shared this practice with the world until her death in 1980. It was through Takata's total commitment that Reiki is now known and practiced on every continent and country in the world.

After Takata's passing, all of her personal belongings were taken care of by her daughter Alice Takata Furumoto. Alice then entrusted these archives to Takata's successor and grand daughter, Phyllis Lei Furumoto. Beginning in 2014, a group of Reiki students met with Phyllis to help sort and digitalize her grandmother's photos, letters and other personal items. 

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Joyce Winough, a member of the Archive Team and Reiki Master who lived in Hawaii for many years, will bring a gift of a power point presentation of Hawayo Takata’s life in Hawaii, her journey to Japan, and the decades of her Reiki Journey that is seen through the letters, photos, certificates, and other important documents that the Archive contains. Participants of this seminar will be able to discuss, ask questions, and experience the amazing life of Takata Sensei as Joyce carries the local understanding of Hawaii and its unique influence on our Reiki practice. Students of all forms of practice and initiation levels are welcome. 

Joyce Winough has been practicing Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki since 1988, initiated as a master in 2002. In addition to her personal treatment and teaching practice,

Joyce works with Phyllis Furumoto in support of Reiki events in the global community. She is a member of The Reiki Alliance, the Reiki Foundation International, licensed massage therapist and loves to sail and ride bicycles.