ʻIke Kumu: Wellsprings of Knowledge

PAPAKILO DATABASE. A database of databases, “pertaining to historically and culturally significant places, events, and documents in Hawai’i’s history.” Types of records include Aliʻi Probate Records, archaeological survey reports, genealogy indexes, land indexes, maps, etc.  From the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, in partnership with Awaiaulu, Bishop Museum, DL Consulting, Hawai’i State Archives, Ho’olaupa’i, Ka’iwakikoumoku, Kumu Pono Associates, The Nature Conservancy, and Ulukau Hawaiian Electronic Library.

The databases include:

  1. KAMAKAMOʻI — leveraging technology to engage and rally the Hawaiʻi community around voices on the cutting edge of community issues
  2. KIPUKA — geographical information system that like historical data sets to geographic locations as encoded in wabi inoa (place names)
  3. OHA NATVE HAWAIIAN DATABOOK — statistical information on Native Hawaiians maintained by Office of Hawaiian Affairs
  4. Office of Hawaiian Affairs website

ULUKAU: THE HAWAIIAN ELECTRONIC LIBRARY. Lots and lots of books. Neat books.  On their title page:  “. . .  knowledge and understanding can come to the person who makes the effort to read the language and words of this electronic library.”

DICTIONARIES!! Hosted on Ulukau, but also directly accessible at www.wehewehe.org. Word-searchable Hawaiian-English and English-Hawaiian, in any or all of the following:

  1.  Hawaiian Dictionary by Mary Kawena Pukui and Samuel Elbert 
  2. Māmaka Kaiao (the dictionary of modern words added by the Komike Huaolelo, a joint effort of UH Hiloʻs Hale Kuamoʻo and ʻAha Pūnana Leo)
  3. A Dictionary of the Hawaiian Language, by Lorrin Andrews (1865). You can also view a pdf of this original volume at Project Gutenberg.
  4. A Dictionary of the Hawaiian Language by Lorrin Andrews, and revised by Henry H. Parker (1915). You can also view a pdf of this original volume at Project Gutenberg.
  5. Place Names of Hawai’i by Mary Kawena Pukui, Samuel Elbert and Esther Moʻokini,
  6. Hawaii Place Names by John Clark.


Digitized legal documents of historical and cultural significance transcribed. Project conducted by Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law, William S. Richardson School of Law at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.


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