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Kawena Komeiji

Hawaiian Pacific Resources Librarian

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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

#HawaiianHistoryMonth Kakuhihewa 9/14/2021

Have you ever heard Oʻahu called, “ke one a Kakuhihewa”? Kakuhihewa, son of Kaʻihikapuamanuia and Kaunuiakanehoalani, was a famous, high-ranking chief of Oʻahu. He was born at Kūkaniloko and ...
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#HawaiianHistoryMonth Queen Emma & Queen’s Hospital 9/8/2021

Queen Emma was born in 1836 to Naea and Kekelaokalani but she was adopted by Kamaikui and Thomas Rooke, who was a doctor. In 1856, she married Alexander Liholiho (Kamehameha IV) and in 1858, they had ...
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#HawaiianHistoryMonth PANIOLO 9/2/2021

Kamehameha III brought Mexican cowboys (vaqueros) to Hawaiʻi so they could train Hawaiians on how to ride horses and steer cattle. Paniolo, Hawaiian cowboys, were able to pick up these skills pretty ...
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