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Okinawan Studies: Home

This guide to introduce you to resources on Okinawa and Ryukyu.

Welcome / Mensōre / めんそーれ / Aloha

(Shuri Castle / 首里城正殿)


Okinawan Studies Library Guide (LibGuides) has been developed to support your research on Okinawa &  Ryukyus / 沖縄・琉球 at the UHM Library. Sources with "UHM Only" notation means that you  need to log in the UHM Library system with your UHM username and password to use the sources. Hope you will find the information of a wide range of resources on Okinawa/Ryukyus helpful.

Quick Links

Hawaii Voyager Online Catalog
 One Search Manoa 
one search

Japan Studies LibGuides
Okinawa Collection (Blog) 
Okinawa Collection Blog

UHM Library Okinawa Collection

UHM Center for Okinawan Studies

UHM Center for Japan Studies

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events:

Association for Asian Studies' 2017 Annual Conference

AAS 2017 Annual Conference Toronto Canada

  • Date: March 16-19, 2017
  • Location: Sheraton Centre, Toronto, Canada

2017 Conference Program

Okinawa/Ryukyus related panels/sessions: search on the site here.

Library Guides (LibGuides) to Japanese & Okinawan research

Japan Studies Collection
Resource guide to start your research on Japan

Japan Studies E-Resources
List of e-resources relevant to Japan studies and useful information for successful ILL/DD

DVD title index of the Uchinanchu Worldwide TV series
See each episode title of the 206 Uchinanchu Worldwide TV programs


What's New

ProQuest Outage (temporary outage) 

ProQuest will be conducting maintenance Saturday, Jan. 28, beginning at 5 p.m. HST and scheduled to last up to 8 hours.

Spring Semester 2017 Library Hours 

Hawai'i State Holidays (2017-2018) (from State of Hawai'i Department of Human Resources Development site)

Please check the State of Hawai'i observed holidays before you visit Hamilton Library. 

OneCard will be used for printing in the Library starting on January 9, 2017

If you have a Library's Copy/Print card, please use it before January 9, 2017.  The current Copy/Print card will no longer be supported after January. 

Visitors: There will be 1 printer on the 1st floor with which you can pay in cash. 

For students, faculty/staff from other UH campuses, other programs, and guests:

  • Purchase a Guest Card at the Library’s Business Office or at the Campus Center Ticket and Info Office.
  • Go to Here is the instruction about the linked page.
  • Click on ‘non UH guest’
  • Don’t have an account? Register and follow the instructions for creating a user name and password.
  • Login with your user name and password.
  • Enter the Guest Card number and follow the instructions for depositing an amount.
  • Enter your Credit Card and Billing Information (Visa, Mastercard, JCB, Discover).
  • Press ‘Submit’. You are now ready to Print!

To add funds onto your OneCard or Guest Card with cash, visit the Campus Center Ticket & Info Office Mon-Fri: 8:30am-4:30pm.

UHM students, faculty and staff will have the Spring semester to spend balances or request a transfer of remaining funds from their UH Manoa Libraries print card to the UH Manoa One Card.

Requests for fund transfers should be directed to the business offices of Hamilton Library (956-8308) or Sinclair Library (956-6614).

Printing is 10 cents Per Page (black & white) and 75 cents Per Page (color).

*Cash printing is not available in the computer labs.

**The cash-only public printer will accept coins (not pennies), $1 and $5 bills. 




Where is your collection located?

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.  Asia Reference Desk is located on the 4th floor. Please use the Hawaii Voyager Online Catalog to identify the resources you need.
When are you open?

General collection is open during the Library hours.  Special collections are open by appointment.
I heard you have special collections.  What are they?  How can I access?

The Japan Collection holds the following special collections housed in the Asia Special Collections room.  All the items are not circulating.  The Japan Collection staff retrieves materials prior to your visit.  Please read the access policy to make an appointment in advance.
  • Hawaii Karate Museum Collection / 布哇空手博物館コレクション: over 200 materials on Karate and martial arts collected by the Hawaii Karate Museum
  • Sakamaki/Hawley Collection / サカマキ・宝玲コレクション: over 2,000 items on Ryukyu and Okinawa collected by Shunzo Sakamaki and Frank Hawley

Okinawa Studies Librarian

Sachiko Iwabuchi 岩渕祥子
Asia Collection Department
University of Hawaii at Manoa Library
Room 402
sachiko.iwabuchi [at]
(808) 956-2311
Website / Blog Page
Social:Twitter Page

Asia Collection

asia home

Asia Collection
Reference Desk Hours
Monday - Friday 10:00-4:00
Closed Saturdays, Sundays and holidays
(All library hours)

Email Reference
Telephone Reference (Asia-related questions only)

956-8116 Monday - Friday 10:00am-4:00pm