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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 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.

Find info on an Akua

Looking for resources about akua? Here are a few resources to help you get started with finding general information:

1) Ulukau 

Provides a wealth of resources, including eBooks. As just one example, it includes Resource Units in Hawaiian Culture, which has an entire chapter on religion - see Chapter 7 Unit 7: Religious Beliefs and Practices (Pages 69-90).


2) Kumukahi 

Provides general background info on akua and other topics on Hawaiian culture.

  • Once on the website, click "Explore" in the navigation menu at the top. Then, on the page that loads, click "Ke Ao Akua" to view a list of akua and other related topics of interest (see screenshot below).


3) The Hawaiian Legends Index 

This is another good place to start as it provides an index of resources on akua. The Index is available at the library and online. The index lists moʻolelo that an akua is featured in and the book(s) that those moʻolelo are captured in - giving you the exact page numbers to look at within any given book. In the online version, start with the Subject Browse or Search for the akua you're interested in.

  • Note: The Index is a starting point - once you find a moʻolelo you're interested in, the next step will be to get that book (either online or to borrow from the library) so that you can read the moʻolelo itself; note: the nice thing about the online version is it includes a link to the book if it is available online. 

Search for myths and legends indexed in 77 books:


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4) HWST 270 Research Guide

Created for the HWST 270: Hawaiian Mythologies course, this guide provides tips and resources for researching akua. It also includes a list of commonly used books for research on akua.

If you still have any questions after reviewing the above resources and/or would like to do further research in this area, please don't hesitate to ask a Librarian for research assistance.

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.

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