Ka Huli Ao Digital Archives
Ka Huli Ao Digital Archives is dedicated to the collection and dissemination of digitized documents of legal, historic and cultural significance for Hawai‘i.
Who We Are
Ka Huli Ao was established in 2005 at the Law School through a Native Hawaiian Education Act grant. Ka Huli Ao focuses on education, research and scholarship, community outreach, and the preservation of invaluable historical, legal, and traditional and customary materials. We also offer new courses and support Native Hawaiian and other law students as they pursue legal careers and leadership roles.
Documents in the Archives
In collaboration with the Hawai‘i State Archives we have amassed a collection of approximately three hundred thousand images of historic documents ranging from the Kingdom of Hawai‘i's original Constitution to the journals of the proceedings of the House of Nobles. In an effort to create greater access and greater functionality of the collection the images are being transcribed or processed using optical character recognition, and the resulting text is being mounted, along with the document images, on this website.
Puna Wai Ola
Translated as spring water of life, Punawaiola is the name of a spring in Kailua on Oahu. In 1971 the Hawai‘i Supreme Court held, in Robinson v. McBryde, that Hawai‘i's surface waters belong to the people of Hawai‘i. At Ka Huli Ao we believe that Hawai‘i's history, as evidenced by its legal and government record, belongs in the public trust as well.