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Honolulu Community College Library
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)
Place Names of Hawaii by
Call Number: DU622 .P79 1976
ONLINE ACCESS (Ulukau.org)
"A glossary of important place names in the State, including names of valleys, streams, mountains, land sections, surfing areas, towns, villages, and Honolulu streets and buildings."
Native Planters in Old Hawaii: Their Life, Lore, and Environment by
Call Number: AM101 .B442 no.233 1991
Originally published in 1972, this book remains one of the most important ethnographic works on traditional Hawaiian culture. It has been reprinted with an index to subjects and chants, making this edition invaluable for scholars and laymen alike.
Cut out of the moku of Kona, Oʻahu - http://www.avakonohiki.org/kona.html
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
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)
ʻŌlelo Noʻeau by
Call Number: PN6519.H4 P84 1983
Publication Date: 2004
Hawaiian insight and lore handed down through generations of oral tradition. More than 3,000 proverbs and sayings displaying the knowledge, compassion, foibles, humor, morality, and beliefs of the Hawaiian people.
Use the index to see if a proverb exists for your place, or to find a proverb that can be used in your research.
Online Hawaiian Dictionaries via Ulukau. Search also Place Names of Hawai'i and Hawai'i Place Names.
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