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BOT 105: Home

An introduction to resources for students in BOT 105 and HWST 211.

Web Resources

Bishop Museum's Ethnology Database

Includes more than 70,000 objects from throughout Hawai‘i and the Pacific. Photographs and detailed information available for more than 2,000 objects online.

Hawaiian Ethnobotany Online Database

A database of endemic Hawaiian and introduced plants and their uses. Includes info about mele, ʻōlelo noʻeau, and kino lau.

Native Plants Hawai'i

An online knowledgebase of endemic and indigenous plants of Hawaiʻi. Includes info about plant characteristics, pests and diseases, growth requirements, and uses.

Hawaiian Native Plant Propagation Database

Contains propagation info for more than 70 indigenous and endemic plants. Plants selected for inclusion have actual or potential value as landscape, lei, medicine, fiber, food, or wood products. Includes a description of the plant, habitat, and propagation techniques.

Plants of Hawaii

Images of 2,500 species from the personal collection of biologists Forest & Kim Starr. All images are free to use, with attribution.

Biodiversity Heritage Library

The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is a consortium of natural history and botanical libraries that cooperate to digitize the legacy literature of biodiversity held in their collections. Includes millions of pages of taxonomic literature.


These are ethnobotany-related videos available in the library or online. Search for more videos in Primo Search

Find Streaming Videos 

I recommend starting with the following databases:

Find Books

Search for books, DVDs, and other resources available through the UHMC Library.

IMPORTANT: If you find a book that's available at another UH library, you may request that the book be mailed to our Library for you (allow 5-7 business days) - click "Get It" in the item record, log in with your UH username and password, then select "Maui CC" as your pick-up location. You will receive an email notification when items are ready to be picked up.


See example books below:

Hawaiian Language Dictionaries

Search Hawaiian Dictionaries online to look up Hawaiian words.

Or, you can check out the following dictionaries from the Library:

Library Instruction Presentation

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