My Reiki colleague, Axel Ebert, had the pleasure of visiting Hawayo Takata’s home recently and here are his thoughts and photos!
A little research on the internet led me to the newspaper ad, that Mrs. Takata had published in March 1941 after having learned Reiki from Dr. Chujiro Hayashi: Massage Reiki treatments, massage, cabinet baths. Mrs. H. Takata, 2070 Kilauea Ave., Waiakea Homesteads. The place and thus the house, in which Mrs. Takata was living Reiki after her return from Japan, was indeed on Big Island, and it was easily found with the address specified. Formerly located in a suburb it is today part of Hilo, the largest city on the island, located in the rather rainy east and close to the Volcanoes National Park. The house is of a typical wooden construction. It now belongs to the chiropractor Robert Klein, to whom Reiki is not strange word, and who feels honored being able to work in a house with such tradition. Fortunately, he has left the building, which he acquired in 1986, unchanged, in such keeping valuable memorabilia of the former owner for the world of Reiki friends. His assistants have given me a warm and joyfull welcome, and I was allowed to look at the small Takata collection upstairs in all the peace the house had to offer. On the wall one can see the mentioned newspaper advertisement and also the advertising poster, on which Mrs. Takata had initially written: Reiki Massage Swedish Massage H. Takata 高田靈氣治療法 (Takata Reiki treatment method) This text was later repainted with: Hawaii Health Studio Steam Baths Swedish Massage Nerve – Gland – Short Wave Treatments H. Takata The house offers enough space to give Reiki classes and Reiki treatments. I imagined how nice it would be if I could teach here Reiki by myself. I have felt very comfortable in Takata’s place, and I appreciated the energy very much, which was felt everywhere and is surely connected to the effort that is being made here over many years in trying to give people a better quality of life.
For the full story: http://reiki.axelebert.org/en/in-the-house-of-hawayo-takata.html