OHA launches new hi-tech research tool

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REPORT FROM OHA —  The Office of Hawaiian Affairs today unveiled a new searchable online geographic information system, which makes data that once would have taken hours – if not days – to compile now available within seconds.

Three years in the making, OHA’s new Kīpuka Database provides easy access to a wide array of information, including more than 5,000 Native Hawaiian land awards, nearly 10,000 historic sites, and various ahupua’a boundaries.


The database is expected to help complement OHA’s other key research tools, such as the Native Hawaiian Data Book and the Papakilo Database, a digital library for Native Hawaiian historical and cultural information.

“The Kīpuka database is the latest example of efforts by OHA to make the best possible Native Hawaiian historical and cultural land information widely available,” said OHA Chief Executive Officer Kamana’opono Crabbe. “And we are extremely proud to make it happen.”

For more information about OHA’s new hi-tech research tool, visit www.Kipukadatabase.com





  1. GIS systems have been around for a long time, I don't see the value in this system, the average Native Hawaiian Rarely will have use for this system or the information provided in typical GIS system, But development and developers will use it for sure, if they don't already use GIS systems.

  2. ".. a digital library for Native Hawaiian historical and cultural information."
    Heck, just read books like;
    The Betrayal of Liliuokalani, last queen of Hawaii, Allen, Helena (1982). Arthur H. Clark publishing, l1c.

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