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The Hawaiian Mission Children's Society will transcribe the manuscripts in the Hawai'ian Evangelical Association collection to English and create an accurate finding aid. The manuscripts include church business correspondence, letters, and various church and secular related documents such as baptism, marriage, death, and funeral records that provide vital genealogical data. Project staff will digitize and make manuscripts accessible to the community, educators, and scholars via the Mission Houses Archives web portal. They will produce a best practices manual for transcribing archival documents written in 'olelo Hawai'i, providing a new and vital resource for transcribing within the archiving and transcription field. The society will reach out to community and immersion schools for workshop opportunities to teach Hawai'ian language transcription in the archival setting. The transcribers will also be trained to teach their communities how to use the tools created from this project in their own fields of practice.
In collaboration with the Hawai'i State Public Library System, Hawai'i State Organization of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, and the Papakilo Database, the World Indigenous Nations University will support a newly developed certificate program on access and retrieval of 'ike Hawai'i, culturally relevant materials from digital databases. This project also will support an information literacy certificate program on Hawai'ian resources for 50 Native Hawai'ians. Activities will include a 12-hour information literacy certificate program curriculum on Hawai'ian resources, as well as a pilot online certificate and hosting a virtual symposium.
Paphana Kuaola will develop online cultural, historical, and geography-based units focusing on the geology of Hawai'i. This project will provide formal classroom teachers with a comprehensive standards-based curriculum that is easily accessible to students through Google Classroom and various distance learning platforms. This culture-based literacy project will help students explore Hawai'i through traditional moolelo (stories), mele (songs), huakai (excursions), and hana noeau (art), while connecting to the importance of place and space. A total of 2,350 teachers, students, and their families, including communities on the islands of Oʻahu, Molokaʻi, and Maui will participate in literacy program activities. The goal is to preserve, practice, and perpetuate Hawai'ian culture, language, and knowledge through increased understanding and appreciation of traditional Hawai'ian literature.