HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It's one-stop shopping now for Native Hawaiian historical and cultural information.
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs unveiled its new Papakilo database. It's a unique digital library that incorporates everything from land and government records to genealogy indexes to historic Hawaiian language newspapers.
The database is three years in the making, and OHA says its purpose is to preserve and perpetuate all things Native Hawaiian. "We're here to preserve and secure the written records of our Hawaiian people," says OHA Maui trustee Boyd Mossman, "so that they will available to our posterity, to our culture, and to our nation."
The website has pulled more than 225,000 records from several different databases into a single digital resource. Later this year, the site will add land and name indexes, vital statistics collections, and alii probate records. In 2012, even more data will be added.
"The real plus here is that, for people living on the neighbor islands, in the past, they would have to actually come into Honolulu to access this information, but since the documents now are in the database, in digital form, they'll be able to get it without having to come here."
The best part: it's available to the public and free-of-charge at papakilodatabase.com.