E Noelo I Ka ‘Ike

E Noelo I Ka ‘Ike is a project funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services designed to increase high school students’ (Grades 11 & 12) knowledge of how to access resources within an academic library and to increase Kūpuna Resource Teachers (DOE, Honolulu District) and Hawaiian Civic Club members of current Hawaiian resource materials available in digital and print formats.  These databases give access to all manner of Native Hawaiian database to access information on genealogy, Hawaiian language, culture and history, hula and chant, and much more.

NHK General Presentation

Database Training Presentation

Hawaiian Electronic Library
Click here to download the Database Training Presentation PDF
Start here for an introduction to using the Hawaiian Databases.

Wahi Pana Assignment

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Hawaiian Electronic Library
“Extensive sources, including: dictionaries, reference books, nūpepa, mo‘okū‘auhau, Baibala Hemolele, Hawaiian Place Names, Māhele Database, Hawaiian curriculum, Polynesian Voyaging Society, Ka Ho‘oilina, MELE Archive, Index to Honolulu Advertiser & Star Bulletin 1929-1969, Kauakūkalahale, Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs documents”
Search Bar: X
Level of Navigation: Difficult; includes English and Hawaiian language text

Niuolahiki website

Niuolahiki Distance Learning (NDL)

Hawaiian Language

'Ulu]ulu website


Moving Images
“Digital collections focusing on unique, primary source materials not widely available or commercially distributed from the following participants: Bishop Museum, CLEAR (The Center for Labor Education and Research), Hula Preservation Society, Kamakak_okalani Center for Hawaiian Studies (UH Mānoa), Lāna‘i Culture and Heritage Center, Lyman Museum and Mission House, Nā Maka o Ka ‘Āina, PBS Hawai‘i (KHET)”
Search Bar: X
Level of Navigation: Easy

Papakilo website


The Databases of Databases
“Types of collections/databases: genealogy indexes, historic sites database, Kipuka, Māhele ʻĀina Index, Maps, Multi-Media, Hawaiian Place Names Collection, Periodicals/Reports, etc.”
Search Bar: X
Level of Navigation: Easy; instructions very clear

Huapala website


Hawaiian Music and Hula Archives
“Mele index, hula instruments, hula steps, chants, hapa-haole, mele on or about the various Hawaiian Islands, Northwest Islands, Christmas /religious,holiday, Sāmoa, and Tahiti.”
Search Bar: none
Level of Navigation: Easy; everything categorized and in alphabetical order

Hula Preservation Society website

Hula Preservation Society

“Features various senior kumu hula, hula library (ancient hula types, implements/instruments, chants, kūpuna), outreach activities”
Search Bar: X – limited
Level of Navigation: Moderate; extensive narratives

Hawaii State Public Library Hawaiian Legends website

HSPLS Hawaiian Legends Index

Hawaii State Public Library Hawaiian Legends Index
Features legends from books. Bibliography available at http://manoa.hawaii.edu/hawaiiancollection/legends/hli2010_bibliography_120515.pdf
Search Bar: X
Level of Navigation: Easy; subject browse, subject search, and advance search

Hawaii State Archives website

Hawaii State Archives

State Archives
digital collections and library and map catalog dead links; photograph collection
limited access
Level of Navigation: Moderate

‘Ōiwi TV website

‘Ōiwi TV

‘Ōiwi Television
“Stories featuring culture, envirnmet, education, music, keiki, and entertainment. Also live feed”
Search Bar: X
Level of Navigation: Easy

‘Ōiwi TV example show

Kulaiwi website


Kamehameha Schools Distance Learning
“Free online Hawaiian language lesson, including comprehensive guide and transcription”
Search Bar: X

Hawai‘i Alive

Bringing Hawaiian Culture To Life



Kumukahi, a website featuring a bilingual, community-based approach to presenting living Hawaiian culture and its connections to a rich ancestral past. Explore more than 60 diverse topics—from ahupua‘a to ‘ai pono, loina to lāhui, mo‘olelo to mo‘okū‘auhau—explained by cultural practitioners and community experts from across the pae ‘āina who have deep association with place and subject matter. Engaging videos, text pieces, and other educational activities and resources await you—your journey begins here at Kumukahi.



Hawaiian — English
Aloha i kēia kahuapaʻa ʻo manomano.io. E ʻimi i ka wehewehena o nā hua ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi ma lalo nei. Welcome to manomano.io, Get started by searching for any Hawaiian word below to see the English definition.

Hawai‘i Maoli


Hawai`i Maoli is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization affiliated with the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs. Formed in 1997, Hawai‘I Maoli provides fiscal sponsorship, project administration, and technical support for Native Hawaiian serving organizations committed to serving the Native Hawaiian community.

With the support of community partners in the Honolulu District Complex of Hawai‘i’s Department of Education (DOE) and Prince Kūhīo Hawaiian Civic Club, the E Noelo I Ka ‘Ike (To Search for Knowledge) Project will accomplish the following:

1) Increase high school students (Grades 11 & 12) knowledge of how to access resources within an academic library; and

2) Increase Kūpuna Resource Teachers (DOE, Honolulu District) and Hawaiian Civic Club members of current Hawaiian resource materials available in digital and print formats.

The project will address project audience’s lack of awareness, access to, and competency with culturally relevant academic resources. Because of educational, geographic, and other barriers Native Hawaiians often lack access to library resources and research skills. Native Hawaiians have expressed their feeling of inadequacy or lack of knowledge in their attempts to find resources for school, work, or personal reasons. They further express a reluctance to ask for help due to the likelihood of being patronized by library staff or feeling ashamed for their ignorance.

To address these needs, project will conduct library research skills and Hawaiian database training in Hawaiian and English for these specific audiences:

1) Native Hawaiian students (Grades 11 & 12);

2) Kūpuna (Hawaiian Elders) hired by the DOE to teach Hawaiian language, culture, and history to every child (Grades K-6); and,

3) Active members of the Prince Kūhīo Hawaiian Civic Club (PKHCC).

At the end of the project, participants will have the necessary library skills and knowledge—E Noelo I Ka ‘Ike

Institute of Museum and Library Services logoMahalo nui loa to the Institute for Museum and Library Services
for funding this project under their Native Hawaiian Library Services Program.