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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

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(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.

To use the Okinawa Special Collection, please make an appointment with Okinawa Studies Librarian by email. At least 2-week advance notice is needed.



As of September 1, 2020, the entering the library building requires a valid the University of Hawai'i ID

Updated: 2/2/2021

Quick Links

OneSearch Mānoa 
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Japan Studies LibGuides
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Okinawa Collection (Blog) 
Okinawa Collection Blog

UHM Library Okinawa Collection
As of July 12, 2017 (HST), the site is under construction (unavailable).
New site will be announced soon.
Okinawa Special Collection
UHM Center for Japan Studies (CJS)
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UHM Center for Okinawan Studies (COS)
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COS Newsletter (Spring 2018, Vol. 1) (PDF)
COS Newsletter (Summer 2018, Vol. 2) (PDF)

Scholarships & Conferences

SPAS Graduate Student Virtual Conference: April 14-15, 2021

Registration for the conference is available at the following link:

Conference Program (A Google Doc will open)

Last updated: April 6, 2021

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

Important Announcement

As of December 20, 2018, Kindai Okinawa shinbun shūsei DVD-ban (『近代沖縄新聞集成DVD版; UH  Mānoa Library Call Number DVD ROM 1119) is unavailable. The Library is trying to find a way to make the resources available. The Library will announce when the CD-ROMs become available for use.

2021 Spring Semester Library Hours


The first floor is open with Spring semester hours. Current UH ID’s are required to enter the Library.

Visit our Remote Resources page or our Spring 2021 FAQ for more info.

  • Monday-Thursday: 8 am - 8 pm
  • Friday: 8 am - 5 pm
  • Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
  • Sunday: Noon - 5 pm

If you need assistance with Okinawa related questions or materials, please make an appointment with Okinawa Studies Librarian via email or phone.

Hamilton Library Hours:

Please note: The Library building may be open, but some services will not be available due to the COVID-19.

Visit the page below for more information about the support that the Library offers.

Updated: 2/1/2021

Photocopier and Scanner (Updates)

As of April 4, 2019, Hamilton Library has 2 book scanners on the first floor for the public to use. As of April 4, 2019, there is a color photocopier near the book scanners. However, the color photocopier will be removed on July 1, 2019. 

As of end of May, 2019,  new pay black and white photocopier became available.  It was installed in the alcove between the Sunny Alcove.  Copying is $0.10 per page, and black & white only.

The latest information on copying and printing, please read a blog post at:

Hawai'i State Holidays

Before you visit the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Library, please check the Hawai'i State Holidays and the Library's Hours page.


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.  Okinawa Collection is not separate from other collections (such as Chinese, Korean, etc.), and Okinawa related resources are arranged with other Asian countries' materials. Okinawa Special Collection only is shelved in a closed room, and its resources are available by appointment only (with at least 2 weeks in advance notice).
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 Okinawa Collection holds the following special collections housed in the Asia Special Collections room.  All the items are not circulating.  The Okinawa Collection staff retrieves materials prior to your visit.  Please read the access policy to make an appointment in advance. Please make an appointment with Okinawa Studies Librarian before you visit to Hawai'i. 
  • 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. Please note: Most items were digitized and available for viewing at the University of the Ryukyus Library. As of December 2017, the digitized items and the items with color paintings were not available for showing. Please consult Okinawa Collection Librarian for more details. 

Asia Collection

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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