Project Blog

Meta process: the story of our website URL

This story illustrates that even at an institution that aspires to be “indigenous serving,” and a “Native Hawaiian place of learning,” there will still be unexpected opportunities to recommit to these promises. It also illustrates the importance of the leadership …

Thinking visually: Building systems through [re]vision

Knowledge, especially the sorts of knowledge represented in cataloging and metadata systems, is often abstract. This abstraction can make it difficult to build a common understanding. My role on this team is to take abstract systems and create models to …

Ka Wai Hāpai, knowledge organization and reparative description

Ka Wai Hāpai is a project aimed at creating a framework to organize information according to Hawaiian epistemology. Part of the foundation of this work is understanding the ways that our current knowledge organization tools are unequal to this task. …

Project team members standing next to Punaluʻu ocean

Project Retreat Reflections

Last week (May 23-May 25), our Ka Wai Hāpai team held our first in-person retreat at Hale o Punaluʻu, one of the houses in Punaluʻu, Koʻolauloa, Oʻahu that belong to Kamehameha Schools. Fun fact! Punaluʻu is an entire ahupuaʻa that …

Welcome to Ka Wai Hāpai

Aloha pumehana kākou e nā hoa noiʻi nowelo! Aloha, everyone! It is our pleasure and privilege to introduce our project, Ka Wai Hāpai: Co-Creating Controlled Vocabularies for Social Justice. This two-year project, running August 2021 through July 2023, is generously …