In April of 1984, seven high-level senseis met at the Jikoen temple in Kalihi. This magnificent seven included Tomu Arakawa, Bobby Lowe, James Miyaji, Kenneth Funakoshi, Joseph Bunch, and Masakazu Teruya. They enjoyed the camaraderie, the positive energy, and the good will of this meeting. Indeed, these qualities would characterize all of their subsequent meetings. The purpose of this meeting was to form an organization to promote and to preserve traditional karate in Hawaii. At this meeting, they created the Hawaii Karate Kodanshakai.
The second meeting was held at Pat Nakata's dojo in Kapahulu. Later, the group met at Pat Nakata's house, which is famous for its hospitality. Some remember meetings that were held at Masakazu
Teruya's fish market restaurant. By 1986, Richard Young, Piercie Johnson, and Rudoph Castro had joined this prestigious group. Subsequently, Anthony Troche, Lee Donohue, Earl Padeken, Paul Ortino,
Alan Lee, Charles Goodin, and Francis Fong also became members.
The members trained together after their formal meetings. Each sensei would demonstrative his version of a kata and explain the bunkai. This sharing by masters is a priceless experience.
The Kodanshakai also conducts Dan ranking exams and provides certificates of rank. A Kodanshakai Dan Rank is certification by some of the most senior karate masters.
The original spirit of camaraderies, positive energy, and good will still pervades the meetings and trainings of the Kodanshakai.
The purpose of the Kodanshakai has been expanded to promote and to preserve traditional karate throughout the world.