Welcome to the Papakilo Database

Important note: The Papakilo Database no longer requires mandatory login in order to search and browse documents. However, login is still required in order to use features such as favorites or the ability to add notes to documents.


The Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ (OHA’s) Papakilo Database, is the ongoing development of a cutting edge and comprehensive “Database of Databases” consisting of varied collections of data pertaining to historically and culturally significant places, events, and documents in Hawai'i’s history. This online repository of data will greatly increase OHA’s ability to preserve and perpetuate cultural and historical information and practices, thus providing an invaluable resource to educate other regulatory agencies, OHA’s Native Hawaiian beneficiaries, and the general public.

There are three ways to access the information in the database.

Click Here to learn how to use Papakilo


Click Here to check out the Papakilo Training Tutorial

Need help? Email info@papakilodatabase.com
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For more online OHA Resources, click on the following:

Kamakako'i a cutting edge tool that leverages technology to engage, inform, activate and rally the Hawaiʻi community around voices on the cutting edge of community issues.

Kipuka Database - a geographical information system (GIS) that utilizes the latest mapping technologies to provide a window into native Hawaiian land, culture and history.  Kipuka links historic data sets to geographic locations reinforcing the concept of information embedded in the ‘aina (land), encoded in the wahi inoa (place name).

- OHA Native Hawaiian Databookproduced as a response to OHA’s fiduciary obligation of compiling “basic demographic data on native Hawaiians and Hawaiians” and identify “the physical, sociological, psychological, and economic needs of native Hawaiians and Hawaiians” [Hawai‘i Revised Statute, Chapter 10, Section 10–6(1)].  The objective of the data book at the time was to serve as a resource for information about the Native Hawaiian population to the Native Hawaiian community and general public.

- OHA Website
To mālama (protect) Hawai'i's people and environmental resources and OHA's assets, toward ensuring the perpetuation of the culture, the enhancement of lifestyle and the protection of entitlements of Native Hawaiians, while enabling the building of a strong and healthy Hawaiian people and nation, recognized nationally and internationally.

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Latest News
Feb. 13, 2015 - In partnership with David Forbes, Awaiaulu and the University of Hawai'i Press, the Papakilo Database will be making all four volumes of David Forbes' Hawaiian National Bibliography available to be accessed by the general public on Feb. 18, 2015.

Sept. 11, 2014 - The Papakilo Database has just made available a Whaling ship database, through our partnership with the Bishop Museum covering ships departing Honolulu from the 1840's to the 1890's.  Mahalo to our partner, Bishop Museum, as well as Melenani Waialae and DL Consulting for formatting and uploading this valuable piece of information.

Since the official launch on April 4, 2011, OHA staff have been working diligently to build and expand the digitization and dissemination capacity of the Papakilo Database and its partners.  Look for more collections to come online in the Fall of 2014.