OHA: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Hale Noelo: Research and Technology Center

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is excited to announce the launch of Hale Noelo, a forward thinking vision of how to preserve and access Hawaiian knowledge in a digital form. Located at Nā Lama Kukui, this research and technology center, or “Library of the Future,” provides the following services to the research and archiving community, on an appointment basis:

  • Digitization and preservation assistance
  • Genealogy research technical assistance
  • Access to subscription-based online resources, e.g.,. Ancestry.com
  • State of the art presentation space that allows for the recording of presentations, meetings, and oral histories

Starting July 5th, 2016, Hale Noelo will be open to the general public via an appointment based system. Though its priorities are to service OHA staff members and the research and archiving community, as it expands, it will be able to serve more individuals and groups.


Mission Statement

To empower and educate Native Hawaiians and researchers by providing access to Hawaiian ‘ike and assisting in the digital preservation of historical and contemporary collections, presentations, and other forms of Hawaiian research.


Digitization and preservation assistance for organizations and the Hawaiian community
OHA recognizes the importance of digital collections, both public and private, that preserve knowledge for future generations to access. To address this, Hale Noelo offers training in and access to digitization equipment and preservation services for organizations and individuals who have collections that pertain to this ‘ike Hawai‘i.

Genealogy research technical assistance
OHA recognizes the importance of genealogy to Kanaka Maoli. Hale Noelo provides genealogy technical assistance, focusing on how to research genealogy, where to find specific genealogical documents, and what documents are needed to apply for the Kuleana Tax Exemption. In doing so, OHA empowers Native Hawaiians to learn about and research their ancestors. Proper genealogical research will better prepare Native Hawaiians to participate in social, cultural, and political systems, through an improved understanding of ancestral and cultural connections.

Access to subscription-based online resources
OHA recognizes the importance of providing access to information from and about Hawai‘i In order to advance the knowledge base of Hawai‘i’s researchers, Hale Noelo provides access to online subscription based resources focusing on genealogy, newspaper, journals, and other publications.

Contact info:
560 N. Nimitz Hwy Suite 117C
Honolulu, HI 96817


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