Hirono Supports Native Hawai’ian Culture

Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawai‘i) announced that Hawai‘i organizations will receive more than $500,000 in Native Hawaiian Library Services grant funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to enhance access to native Hawaiian language and cultural resources.

“By increasing access to Native Hawaiian manuscripts and historic materials, the projects supported by this grant will help to preserve Native Hawaiian traditions and culture,” said Senator Hirono. “I will continue working to see that Native Hawaiian programs receive the federal support they need to implement important projects like these.”

Today’s federal investment announcement includes four grants that support research, archival, and educational projects from the Bishop Museum, Hawai‘i Maoli, Hula Preservation Society and Papahana Kuaola.

“Mele are an invaluable primary resource for Hawaiian scholarship and cultural connection. Welo Hou: Building Connections to the Roberts Mele Collection will improve the digitization, indexing, and accessibility of a unique and treasured collection of mele dating from pre-Western contact to the early 1900s. This pilot project will serve as a model for improved access to and increased engagement with the Bishop Museum Library & Archives’ other mele collections,” said Leah Caldeira, library and archives collection manager for the Bishop Museum.

Below is a summary the grant funding:

Bishop Museum, $140,104: The Bishop Museum’s Welo Hou: Building Connections to the Helen Roberts Mele Collection project will digitalize and index a rare collection of mele, including an in-house database with word-searchable digital typescripts, associated manuscript notes and English-language translations.

Hawai‘i Maoli, $128,569: Hawai‘i Maoli will partner with the Na Hawai‘i Imi Loa, Hawaiian Librarian Professional Association, University of Hawai‘i-West Oahu and Hawai‘i Department of Education to implement the Nana I Ke Kumu project. As…

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