Our donation to the Hawaii Karate Museum Collection at the Hamilton Library of the University of Hawaii is completed! Over 1,000 books and over 1,000 journals, plus many multimedia items (video, DVDs, film) were formally turned over to the UH.
After the donation, my wife and I took a nice trip to Arizona and California. Actually, I am still recovering from the several months of preparation work that was required for the donation. There is still some work to do on our side, but now the University can begin the lengthy indexing process.
We will continue to acquire and donate books and materials to the collection. If you have any Karate or martial arts books that you would like to include in the collection, please contact me:
Hawaii Karate Museum
98-211 Pali Momi Street, Suite 640
Aiea, Hawaii 96701 USA
Once the books are indexed (an expensive process since so many books are in Japanese), books in the collection will qualify for inter-library loans, both in the United States and internationally. This means that Karate researchers and enthusiasts around the world will have access to some of the rarest Karate materials.
Thank you very much to everyone around the world who has donated Karate books to the Hawaii Karate Museum and supported our efforts. My efforts on the project go back about 12 years. But the donors of the books have had them from in their private collections from the 1930s, and even earlier.
I am greatly relieved and grateful that such a substantial collection is now safe at the University of Hawaii where Karate researchers and enthusiasts can access and appreciate it.
Karate is a great art... worthy of study at the university level and in our daily lives.
Charles C. Goodin