Library & Archives

Cover Image: Detail of mele inoa “Pauahi ʻo Kalani,” composed in 1868 for Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop by her hānai sister Princess Lydia Kamakaʻeha (later Queen Liliʻuokalani). Liliʻuokalani Collection, Bishop Museum Archives. SM 215871.

Bishop Museum Library & Archives is a source and center for Hawaiian and Pacific Island creativity and scholarship, recognized internationally for its rich, varied, and irreplaceable collections of published and primary source materials. Library & Archives staff care for and provide access to published works, manuscripts, photographs, artwork, oral histories, sound recordings, moving images, and maps. With collections that connect all Bishop Museum departments, the Library & Archives is also dedicated to the preservation of our institutional history.

Library & Archives blogs feature our collections and the work being done in our department. Here you can explore mele (Hawaiian poetic compositions) on our Welo Hou blog and follow the nūpepa (Hawaiian language newspapers) project on our He Aupuni Palapala blog.

Cover Image: Detail of mele inoa “Pauahi ʻo Kalani,” composed in 1868 for Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop by her hānai sister Princess Lydia Kamakaʻeha (later Queen Liliʻuokalani). Liliʻuokalani Collection, Bishop Museum Archives. SM 215871.

Wa‘ewa‘e

[Photo: Young girl demonstrating Hawaiian string figures; Hawaiʻi; SP 103509.] Wa‘ewa‘e Happy Mele Monday! Featuring another request submitted through our Welo Hou mele survey, today’s

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ʻAkahi hoʻi au a ʻike

[Two plantation luna on horseback in sugarcane field; ca. 1888. Waimānalo(?), Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi. Photo by J. A. Gonsalves. SP_73201] ʻAkahi hoʻi au a ʻike Happy

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He kao nui nō

[Photo: Hawaiian children eating sugar cane; Hawaiʻi. ca. 1890-1905. SLS_2071.] He kao nui nō Happy Mele Monday! We would like to express our sincere appreciation

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Kaulana mai nei Kaulaokeahi

[Hawaiian man digging sweet potatoes; Maui, Hawaiʻi. Photo by Ray Jerome Baker. SD_35158.] Kaulana mai nei Kaulaokeahi I ka ho‘olewa aku nei o Kūhelemai. Attended

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Wa‘ewa‘e

[Photo: Young girl demonstrating Hawaiian string figures; Hawaiʻi; SP 103509.] Wa‘ewa‘e Happy Mele Monday! Featuring another request submitted through our Welo Hou mele survey, today’s

Read More »

ʻAkahi hoʻi au a ʻike

[Two plantation luna on horseback in sugarcane field; ca. 1888. Waimānalo(?), Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi. Photo by J. A. Gonsalves. SP_73201] ʻAkahi hoʻi au a ʻike Happy

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He kao nui nō

[Photo: Hawaiian children eating sugar cane; Hawaiʻi. ca. 1890-1905. SLS_2071.] He kao nui nō Happy Mele Monday! We would like to express our sincere appreciation

Read More »

Kaulana mai nei Kaulaokeahi

[Hawaiian man digging sweet potatoes; Maui, Hawaiʻi. Photo by Ray Jerome Baker. SD_35158.] Kaulana mai nei Kaulaokeahi I ka ho‘olewa aku nei o Kūhelemai. Attended

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