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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

Genealogy Workshop Series 1/12/2023

Know your roots! Our genealogy workshop series with Nānākuli Public Library and the Hawaiʻi State Public Library system is back. Workshops will be held online every third Thursday starting in ...
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Hawaiian History Month 2022 9/19/2022

Hawaiian History Month is an initiative created and led by Hawaiʻi Ponoʻī and celebrates moments and events in moʻolelo every September. Check out our Instagram for Reels about the following ...
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Wāhine in Hawaiʻi’s History 3/16/2022

March is Womens’ History Month and we’re celebrating some notable wāhine in Hawaiʻi’s history. Check out our Instagram to see their stories! Kalaimanuia From Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, 2 ...
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