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Abstract

E Noelo I Ka ‘Ike (To Search for Knowledge), is an educational project developed to increase understanding, research skills, and use of Hawaiian culture and language materials. In recent years, several databases and digital collections featuring indigenous content have been launched, but there is a disconnect with Native Hawaiian students and community members not being aware of these resources, and, as a result, not accessing them. E Noelo I Ka ‘Ike was implemented to begin to address this gap and create new connections by fostering critical conversations, providing culturally-grounded information literacy workshops, and offering complementary field trips to local libraries and information centers. Two-hundred and twenty-two students, elders, and family members from urban and rural communities from around Hawaiʻi as well as Hawaiians living in other parts of the country participated in E Noelo I Ka ‘Ike activities. After the training sessions, over ninety percent of participants indicated they would incorporate the digital resources into their personal, educational, and work-based activities - and share details with peers and others to encourage a ripple effect. Based on community input, additional training sessions emphasizing and extending the use of digital repositories to retrieve culturally-relevant content focusing on deeper curriculum integration are underway.

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