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The Hula Preservation Society (HPS), partnering with the Hawai`i State Public Library system's Hawai`i & Pacific Section, Main Branch, the University of Hawai`i-Mnoa's Hamilton Library, the Papakilo Database, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and Net Enterprise, Inc., will make available the contents of HPS's exclusive elder-base oral history library to Native Hawaiians across the islands of Hawaii and the continental U.S. for the first time. The project features the establishment of electronic linkages between HPS and three other libraries with longstanding, widespread reach and improved management and preservation of HPS's exclusive elder-based content and collections. Goals include processing materials about 20 hula elders and 10 public programs from the first eight years of HPS; creating 23 detailed finding aids; delivery and cataloging of physical materials for the University of Hawai`i-Mnoa and the Hawai`i State Library systems; uploading electronic resources to the Papakilo Database and HPS's website; and digitizing 1,400 hours of tape into central library at HPS, with cloud backup.
Hawai`i Maoli, in partnership with the Honolulu District Complex of Hawaii's Department of Education (DOE) and Prince K?h?o Hawaiian Civic Club, will develop the E Noelo I Ka Ike (To Search for Knowledge) Project to increase high school students' knowledge resources in an academic library as well as increase K?puna Resource Teachers' and Hawaiian Civic Club members' access to current Hawaiian resource materials. The project will address a lack of awareness, access to, and competency with culturally relevant academic resources and Native Hawaiians' feelings of inadequacy or lack of knowledge because of educational, geographic, and other barriers. By the end of project, 20 high school students will be provided with a 12-hour library research skills training program, including introductory fieldtrips to academic libraries; and 40 K?puna resource teachers and 100 Hawaiian Civic Club members will participate in a 3-hour training program that will introduce them to current Hawaiian resource databases.
Papahana Kuaola's project, E Ola Mau Ka Wai (Let the Waters Live On), will address Native Hawaiian students' need for effective literacy opportunities that are culture-based and place-based with the goal of increasing interest in reading through increased understanding and appreciation of traditional Hawaiian literature. Papahana Kuaola (PK), is a nonprofit organization that provides hands-on, standards-based learning experiences and instruction for students, teachers, and the general public at a cultural learning center located on a 63-acre property in Heeia, a rural community on Oahu. The project includes 40 culture-based literacy sessions for a total of 820 participants, targeting students, teachers, and community members on four islands: Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, and Maui. Hawaiian mo?olelo (myths, legends, stories, history) will be central to the project. Through the voice of Hawaiian mo?olelo, and by using a multi-sensory learning approach, Hawaiian knowledge will be passed on to today's learners.