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Kawena Komeiji

Hawaiian Pacific Resources Librarian

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  • Hawaiian-Pacific Studies
  • Hawaiian Language

Kawena Komeiji

Hawaiian Pacific Resources Librarian

Kawena Komeiji is from Nuʻuanu, Oʻahu though her ʻohana roots are in Waialua, Oʻahu. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Hawaiian Studies from Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies (University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa) and a master’s degree in Library and Information Science (University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa). Her specialty is Hawaiian language research, especially in the Hawaiian language newspapers, but she can help you find resources about anything in Hawaiʻi or the greater Pacific.

Kawena enjoys Sephora, dogs, powerlifting, eating, and watching sports.


  • MLIS, Library and Information Science, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
  • BA, Hawaiian Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Professional Activities

UHWO Committees and Councils

  • Nālimakui Native Hawaiian Council, 2nd Vice Chair
  • Strategic Planning Committee

UH System Committees

  • Hawaiʻi-Pacific Committee, Chair

Professional Associations

  • Hawaiʻi Librarian Association (HLA)
  • Nā Hawaiʻi ʻImi Loa (NHIL)

Recent Posts from Kawena

ʻOnipaʻa: Military Occupation in Hawaiʻi and Okinawa 1/8/2024

The ʻOnipaʻa speaker series will return on January 16, 2024, 6 PM - 8 PM, with guest speakers, Anne Keala Kelly and Sam Ikehara, who will critically examine the cultural and environmental impacts ...
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Honolulu Pride 10/9/2023

Not only is October LGBT History Month, but it's also Honolulu Pride Month. Let's take a moment to spotlight a few local individuals who have helped to uplift the LGBTQ+ community by embracing ...
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Hawaiian History Month 2023 – Nā Kamehameha 9/19/2023

For Hawaiian History Month, we are celebrating the accomplishments of Kamehameha II - Kamehameha V. While many focus on Ka Naʻi Aupuni (Kamehameha I), his sons and their successors elevated the ...
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