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Place Names of Hawaii - Mary Kawena Pukui; Samuel H. Elbert; Esther T. Mookini
Call Number: DU622 .P79 1976 (Hawaiian Collection)
Reference copies also available (Request from Circulation Desk)
OR Search via Hawaiian Dictionaries Tip: Under CUSTOMIZE SEARCH, select PLACE NAMES OF HAWAII

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Native Planters of Old Hawaii - E. S. Handy; E. G. Handy; Mary Kawena Pukui
Call Number: GN424 .H3 (Hawaiian Collection)
See pt. 5: Descriptions of areas of habitation on each island.

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Olelo No'eau: Hawaiian proverbs & poetical sayings - Mary Kawena Pukui
Call Number: PN6519.H4 P84 1983 (Hawaiian Collection)
See p. 344 for Index to Place Names

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Hawaiian Surfing - John R. K. Clark
Call Number: GV839.65.H3 C53 2011 (Hawaiian Collection)
Includes historical information on surf spots.



The moku (districts) of Oʻahu (click to see a map of the ahupuaʻa of each district):

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Ancient Sites of Oʻahu - Van James
Call Number: DU624 J36 1991 (Hawaiian Reference-Request at Circulation desk)

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Hawaiian Street Names - Rich Budnick; Duke K. Wise
Call Number: DU629.O3 B84 1989 (Hawaiian Collection)

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Beaches of O'ahu - John R. K. Clark
Call Number: GB458.8 .C59 2005 (Hawaiian Collection)

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The View from Diamond Head - Don Hibbard; David Franzen
Call Number: HD268.H66 H53 1986 (Hawaiian Collection)

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Na Wahi Pana o Ko'olau Poko - Anne K. Landgraf; Fred K. Meinecke (Translator)
Call Number: DU628.O3 L36 1994 (Hawaiian Collection)

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Pana O'ahu
Call Number: DU624.65 .P36 1999 (Hawaiian Collection)

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Ancient Oahu: stories from Fornander & Thrum - Dennis Kawaharada (Editor)
Call Number: GR110.H3 A53 2001 (Hawaiian Collection)

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O'ahu's Hidden History - William H. Dorrance
Call Number: DU628.O3 D67 1998 (Hawaiian Collection)

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Secrets of Diamond Head: a history and trail guide - Denby Fawcett
Call Number: DU629.D53 F39 2014 (Hawaiian Collection)

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North Shore Place Names - John R. K. Clark; Keao NeSmith
Call Number: DU628.O3 C59 2014 (Hawaiian Collection)

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The saga of the Sandwich Islands.
Call Number: DU623 S37 (Hawaiian Collection)
Includes historic photos. See Part 2: Place Names on Oʻahu



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Sites of Maui - Elspeth P. Sterling
Call Number: DU628.M3 S72 1998 (Hawaiian Reference-Request from Circulation desk)

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Ancient Sites of Maui, Molokai and Lanai - Van James
Call Number: DU624 .J35 2002 (Hawaiian Collection)

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The Beaches of Maui County - John R. Clark
Call Number: DU628.M3 C55 1989 (Hawaiian Collection)

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Maui Street Names: the Hawaiian dictionary and history of Maui street names - Rich Budnick
Call Number: DU628.M3 B84 1991 (Hawaiian Reference-Request from Circulation Desk)



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Tales of Molokai - Gloria L. Cronin (Editor); Harriet Ne
Call Number: GR110.H38 N4 1992 (Hawaiian Collection)

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Ancient Sites of Maui, Molokai and Lanai - Van James
Call Number: DU624 .J35 2002 (Hawaiian Collection)



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Ancient Sites of Maui, Molokai and Lanai - Van James
Call Number: DU624.65 E47 1969 (Hawaiian Collection)

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The Story of Lana'i - George C. Munro
Call Number: DU628.L3 M86 2007 (Hawaiian Reference-Request from Circulation Desk

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The Island of Lanai
Call Number: DU624.65 E47 1969 (Hawaiian Collection)

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Lana'i: the Elusive Hawaiian Island - Anderson Duane Black
Call Number: DU628.L3 B52 2001 (Hawaiian Collection)



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Kaho'olawe: na leo o Kanaloa - Wayne Levin
Call Number: DU628.K25 K26 1995 (Hawaiian Reference-Request from Circulation desk)

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Kahoʻolawe Island : restoring a cultural treasure : final report of the Kahoʻolawe Island Conveyance Commission to the Congress of the United States
Call Number: DU628.K25 K255 1992(Hawaiian Collection)
Alphabetical listing of known place names: pp. 131-147


Hawaiʻi Island

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Beaches of the Big Island - John R. Clark
Call Number: DU628.H28 C53 1985 (Hawaiian Collection)

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Ancient Sites of Hawaii - Van James
Call Number: DU624.H32 J36 1995b (Hawaiian Collection)



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Archaeology of Kauai - Wendell Clark Bennett
Call Number: GN670 .B4 no.80 (Hawaiian Reference-Request from Circulation desk)

Kauaʻi in History: a guide to the resources - Christopher Leland Cook
Call Number: DU628.K3 K346 2000 (Hawaiian Collection)

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Kaua'i: ancient place names and their stories - Frederick B. Wichman
Call Number: GR110.H38 W47 1998 (Hawaiian Reference-Request from Circulation Desk)

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Kauai Tales - Frederick B. Wichman
Call Number: GR385.H3 W53 1985 (Hawaiian Collection)

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More Kaua'i Tales - Frederick B. Wichman
Call Number: PS571.H3 B35 no.70 (Hawaiian Collection)

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Polihale and Other Kaua'i Legends - Frederick B. Wichman
Call Number: GR110.H38 W5 1991 (Hawaiian Collection)


Land Divisions: maps & names 
ʻAhupuaʻa and ʻIli names. historic maps

Kīpuka Database
Geographical information system (GIS) that utilizes the latest mapping technologies to provide a window into native Hawaiian land, culture and history.


Nā Makani & Nā Ua: Winds & Rains

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Winds & Rains of Hawaiʻi
compiled by Annie Thomas

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The Wind Gourd of Laʻamaomao - Esther T. Mookini (Translator); Sarah Nakoa (Translator)
Call Number: PL6448.9 N34413 1990 (Hawaiian Collection)
See pp. 132-135 for "Winds and Rains of Hawai'i" list (compiled from the Pukui-Elbert Hawaiian Dictionary).

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Treasury of Hawaiian Words in One Hundred and One Categories - Harold W. Kent
Call Number: PL6446 K46 1993 (Hawaiian Collection)
See list of rains on p. 377 & winds on p. 437

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Winds of Oahu
Ahupuaʻa maps & wind names. Asia-Pacific Digital Library.


Citation Help

MLA Citation Guide for books and ebooks (including ebooks from Ulukau).

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Newspaper Articles


Honolulu Star-Advertiser (ProQuest Database)
           Full text access to articles from:
           Honolulu Star-Advertiser (6/7/10 - present)
           Honolulu Advertiser (11/20/02-5/13/10)
           Honolulu Star-Bulletin )11/26/91-6/6/10)

Civil Beat (online newspaper)


Chronicling America: Hawaiʻi English-language Newspapers (1836-1922)

Papakilo Database: Search Hawaiian-language newspapers (1834-1948), Mahele records, and more


Hawaiʻi Newspaper Index


Search these indexes of Honolulu newspapers going back to 1929.  

1989-currentHawaiʻi Newspaper Index Online

1929-1988: Index to the Honolulu Advertiser and
                      Honolulu Star-Bulletin (Print;
                      Located in the Hawaiian
                      Reference Collection)

1929-1967Online access to index

Once you find a citation to an article in the index, you must then go to the newspaper microfilm to find the full-text.  Newspaper Microfilm is available at selected public libraries, including Kaimukī Public Library, and UH-Mānoa Hamilton Library.

1840-1944: Bob Krauss Research Index
                      an index of select English-language
                      newspapers from Hawaiʻi,
                      links to full-text if available online


Journal & Magazine Articles

Hawaiʻi Pacific Journal Index
An index to magazines and journals published in or about Hawaiʻi & the Pacific.

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The Hawaiian Journal of History
An annual scholarly journal devoted to original articles on the history of Hawai‘i, Polynesia, and the Pacific area. Available in full-text online.

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Thrum's Hawaiian Annual
"A handbook of valuable and statistical information relating to the Hawaiian Islands." 1875-1936

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Paradise of the Pacific
Vol. 6-15 available online, full-text (1893-1902)

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Hana Hou! The Magazine of Hawaiian Airlines
Select articles available online. 2002-current

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Honolulu Magazine
Select articles available online. 2004-current



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