Welcome to Hawaii Wado Karate

About Us


HWKA Chief Instructors:

Craig Kadooka, MD

David Tamura

Steve Shiigi

Assisted by:

Takeshi Inagaki

Kristen Miyazono

Dayten Mundon

Larry Nagata

Candace Paul

Mac Rivera,MD

Nick Santiago

History of HWKA

1988: Big Island Wado Kai Karate Club

Calvin Young Hu

Jennifer Young Hu

Jonelle Young Hu (now Fukushima)

Steve Shiigi

2004 BIWKKC reorganized as HWKA 

Walter Dudley (retired)

Craig Kadooka

David Tamura

History of Wado Karate in Hawaii

January 1962

Grand Master Hironori Ohtsuka visits Honolulu, Hilo and Wailuku with demonstrations at Farrington High School, Hilo Civic Auditorium and Baldwin High School

July 1962

Wado Ryu Hawaii branch

Kiyohisa Hirano (Honolulu)


Dr. Hirano reorganizes as Japan International Karate Center (JIKC)


Hawaii Wado Ryu Karate Club organized by Gunji (Guy) Yamashita


JIKC reorganized as Japan International Karate-Ki Center

1994 to 2000

Hilo Wado Ryu Karatedo Federation founded by Gunji Yamashita at Waiakea Recreation Center

(Thanks to Eddy Masaki for compiling this historical information)


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Hawaii Wado Karate

424 Kilauea Ave, Hilo, Hawaii 96720, United States

(808) 987-1465


Class times

Mondays and Wednesdays:

Beginners: 5-6pm

Adults: 6-7pm

Class Days and Times

No upcoming events.


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