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Okinawa Special Collection: Home

Special collection guides and materials related to Okinawa and the Ryukyus housed at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Library

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:

2017 AAS-in-Asia Conference Seoul, Korea, Registration Now Open

2017 AAS in Asia Conference

Conference preregistration is open through April 15, 2017. Register early to secure discounted preregistration rates. Student rates are also available.

Call for Papers for the Japanese Diaspora Initiative (JDI) Workshop

The Hoover Institution Library & Archives at Stanford University will be hosting the first Japanese Diaspora Initiative Workshop at Stanford University from November 13-15, 2017.

The details are available here. The application closes on August 21, 2017.

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

CLIC labs will complete implementing OneManoa Card (for printing & copying) during the Spring Break 2017 (posted on 03/08/2017)

CLIC labs in Hamilton Library will finish switching UH Copy Card to OneManoa Card for printing and copying from March 25 to March 31.

The Business Office in Hamilton continues to refund unused UH Copy Cards through May 2017

Spring Break 2017 Library Hours

Spring Break is scheduled from March 27 to March 31. Please check the Spring Break Library Hours here.

Hamilton Library will be CLOSED on Monday, March 27, 2017 (Hawaii State Holiday).

Spring Semester 2017 Library Hours 

Interim Period (between the end of the Spring Semester and the beginning of the Summer Session) is May 13 - May 21.

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. 


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

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