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HWST 107: Resources

Nā Puke Wehewehe (Dictionaries)

Use Hawaiian Dictionaries online to look up Hawaiian words.

Or, check out the following dictionaries from the Library:

Nā Puke (Books)

Below is a selection of books on Hawaiian culture and history. There are lots of other resources in the library so be sure to search in OneSearch and/or contact a librarian for research help.

Note: When reading these titles, be sure to pay attention to any footnotes or references that may lead you to other useful resources on your topic.

Resources available through the Library


Use Primo One Search to search for books, articles, and media (videos, DVDs & CDs) on your topic. This searches mostly everything available through the library.

Remember to try different keywords and combinations of keywords to help in your searches. You may also want to try searching in English and ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi - depending on your topic, this may give you different search results.


Find Resources Online

Use the following databases to search for Hawaiian newspapers available online.

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Ulukau: The Hawaiian Electronic Library
A digitized collection of books, newspapers, genealogical indexes, and curriculum resources in Hawaiian and in English.

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Papakilo Database
Includes various collections related to historically and culturally significant places, events, and documents in Hawaiʻi's history. Includes digitized archival records, including Māhele land documents, genealogy indexes, reports (e.g. SHPD), and over 58,000 pages of Hawaiian language newspapers. Papakilo allows you to search in a number of ways, including: Location, Genealogy, Mahele Records, or Newspapers.

ʻUluʻulu Moving Image Archive

Hawai‘i's official archive for historic film and video filmed in, or about, Hawaiʻi. Search or browse their digitized collections and watch clips online. Then, if you'd like to see the full video for any clips, contact the archive at and they'll send you a private link to the streaming video online (note: this service is free!).

Bishop Museum's Ethnology Database
Includes more than 70,000 objects from throughout Hawai‘i and the Pacific region. Photographs and detailed information are available for more than 2,000 objects online

Maps, Aerial Photos, and GIS (MAGIS)
Over 200,000 maps, with emphasis of Hawaiʻi, Asia, and the Pacific.

Kipuka Database
A geographical information system (GIS) that utilizes the latest mapping technologies to provide a window into native Hawaiian land, culture and history. Kipuka links historic data sets to geographic locations. This database was created by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

Hawaiian Legends Index

Search for myths and legends indexed in 77 books:


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A print edition is also available in the Hawaiian Reference section (library main floor).

Streaming Videos

The following streaming videos are available online 24/7 for UHMC students, faculty, and staff with UH login.

Please note that it may take a few minutes to load the video.

Citing Sources

Citations can feel tedious sometimes but it is important to credit the sources you use in your research. Not to worry, there are resources to help you. Review the Citing Sources guide to get started with citation basics and style guides.

HWST 107 Librarian

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Shavonn Matsuda
Office: Library, 3rd floor

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