Ke Welina Mai Kakou! Welcome to the Living Library of Kahoʻolawe!
The resources of Kahoʻolawe include a large collection of archival materials,reports, documents, photographs, negatives, slides, archaeological artifacts, and historical artifacts which are either from the Reserve itself or contains information regarding the island. Currently, there are over 8,500 photographs, over 2,500 texts (reports, papers, etc.), as well as over 10,000 artifacts/samples. Many of these items are either unique or currently unavailable elsewhere. Although most items are available to the public for research, the Native Hawaiian community and the general public are unaware of the archival resources available in the KIRC archives and their availability for education and research.
The Kahoʻolawe Island Reserve Commission is committed to informing the Native Hawaiian community in particular, as well as the general public, of the wealth of information available in the KIRC archives and to make the collection as accessible as possible based on community need. Through generous grant support from the Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program, this site presents a pilot collection of publicly searchable items for academic, professional and personal development. By creating access to these resources, we further our mission of providing access to Kahoʻolawe.
The images in this library have been contributed by researchers, volunteers, staff and our community at large in order to serve the public through the KIRC. As such, please be sure to credit the Kahoʻolawe Island Reserve Commission (or KIRC) when sharing. Additional credit/ acknowledgements are listed with each entry where available. MAHALO!