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Resources available in the library and online to help you research place in Hawaiʻi.

For mokupuni-specific (island-specific) books, access the By Mokupuni (Islands) page from the home tab above or by clicking here

Hawaiʻi - Multiple Mokupuni (Islands)

Land Divisions

Kona, Oʻahu

Cut out of the moku of Kona, Oʻahu -
It's essential to know the terminology for land divisions when doing research based on place in Hawaiʻi. Know the following for your location:

• Mokupuni = Island or County (e.g. Oʻahu)

• Moku = District or Zone (e.g. Kona)

• Ahupuaʻa = Division or Section (e.g. Kapālama)

• ʻIli = Smaller division within ahupuaʻa (e.g. Niuhelewai stream)

AVA Konohiki, or Kipuka, can help as you start your research, or look at the Maps/Atlases on the Online Resources tab of this guide.

Hawaiian Legends Index

Text: Hawaiian Legends Index

The Hawaiian Legends Index can help you find moʻolelo/stories related to places in Hawaiʻi. This index was begun at the Hawaiʻi State Library, and in addition to Hawaiʻi contains some locations in Polynesia. 

Search for places, plants, mythological and historical figures, animals, objects & activities, human characteristics, and geographical features. 

ʻŌlelo Noʻeau (Proverbs/Sayings)

Hawaiian Dictionaries

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