Kipuka Database

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) recently released an new interactive online tool that lets users explore native Hawaiian land, culture, and history through maps.

The mission of the Kipuka Database is to create a repository of knowledge where such information can be easily accessed, to develop a virtual mo‘oku‘auhau (genealogy) of land tenure in Hawai‘i, and to provide an opportunity for individuals to forge new relationships between themselves and the ‘aina (land). The thoroughly modern and dynamic maps also exemplify the ancient concept of information being embedded in the ‘aina (land), encoded in the wahi inoa (place name). A sense of "place" was and continues to be a foundational aspect of traditional kanaka maoli (Native Hawaiian) identity.