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Subject Guide

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Dore Minatodani
Hawaiian Collection, Hamilton Library

Fifth Floor, Office 507
Hamilton Library
2550 McCarthy Mall
Honolulu. HI 96822

Introduction and Purpose

Aloha mai kākou!

This guide was created for people doing research with ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi/Hawaiian language sources. It is not a comprehensive guide, but is compiled so researchers may have an understanding of the kinds of materials available broadly, and specifically at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. With this in mind it should be noted that the largest repository of materials in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi is held at the Hawaiian Mission Children's Society in Honolulu.

While more and more efforts have been made to make materials digitally available, at this time the majority of works are still in hard copy. This guide contains links to some items that are available digitally, but usually points to University of Hawaiʻi Voyager catalog records.

Tabs: The division of materials into subjects such as moʻolelo, kānāwai, etc … are not hard organizing divisions. Something may be classified as moʻolelo but could as easily contain many mele or oli, and at the same time be compiled from articles from the nūpepa. These tabs are guides and not meant to limit the interconnectedness of research in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi.



Searching ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi Materials at UH

There are many different ways to search for texts in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi.
In the Unviersity of Hawaiʻi’s Voyager catalog one can use the advanced search, and at the bottom of the advance search page, click Hawaiian as a language filter. This will allow you to find materials in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi.

Note on Diacritical Markings

While voyager records do contain diacritical markings in titles, they are not necessary when searching. Additionally, articles such as “ka,” “ke,” and “nā,” are also not needed when searching.

Subject Headings
These are the links on most records that librarians use to classify, and facilitate access to, materials. Clicking on the subject headings will take you to a listing of other items librarians have labeled as being in/on that subject. Not every item in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi is listed. Here are a few subject headings:

The subject heading that is the broadest, and contains the most items, is: Hawaiian language – Texts with 952 items.