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OHA launches hi-tech research tool


The Office of Hawaiian Affairs has unveiled a new searchable online geographic information system, which makes data that once would have taken hours – if not days – to compile now available within seconds.

Three years in the making, OHA’s new Kipuka Database provides easy access to a wide array of information, including more than 5,000 Native Hawaiian land awards, nearly 10,000 historic sites, and various ahupuaa boundaries.

The database is expected to help complement OHA’s other key research tools, such as the Native Hawaiian Data Book and the Papakilo Database, a digital library for Native Hawaiian historical and cultural information.

“The Kipuka database is the latest example of efforts by OHA to make the best possible Native Hawaiian historical and cultural land information widely available,” said OHA Chief Executive Officer Kamanaopono Crabbe. “And we are extremely proud to make it happen.”

For more information about OHA’s new hi-tech research tool, visit

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