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1000th Post -- Hawaii Karate Museum Collection

It is hard to believe, but this is the 1,000th post of this blog!

I wanted to have something profound to say, but that is difficult. So I will let you know about something I am working on.

One of the important parts of the Hawaii Karate Museum is our rare book collection. Consisting of several hundred books, about 1/3 of the collection was donated by Karate Sensei, students, and supporters around the world. The remainder was purchased by the museum.

One of our objectives was to get the collection together. In some cases, books were stored in poor conditions before we obtained them. Since our books go back to the late 1800's, properly storing and preserving them is extremely important. It is also important to properly secure them. As you can imagine, this is a very big and expensive job.

We have decided that the best way to preserve, protect and ensure the perpetual existence of the collection is to establish it at the Hamilton Library at the Manoa campus of the University of Hawaii. I am in negotiations at this time and it looks very promising.

To have a historic Karate collection at a major university sounds like a dream, but it may soon be a reality. This will also ensure that Karate Sensei, students, researchers, and enthusiasts will have access to the collection. As planned, the rarest portion of the collection will be in closed shelves and will have to be viewed in a special area. However, the larger portion of the collection will circulate, meaning that the books can be checked out. This is something our museum could not have done on its own.

I will keep you informed of the progress. Please wish us good luck as this is a monumental event.

For my part, I will continue my efforts to obtain rare Karate books, at least for the next 10 years, and will add these to the collection. Why 10 years? From the age of 60 on, I think I should spend more of my time training and teaching, no?

Thank you very much for reading this blog, for your words or encouragement, and support of our projects.

1,000 posts. Hard to believe. A Karate collection at Hawaii's major university. Also hard to believe.


Charles C. Goodin