University of Hawai‘i
at Mānoa

Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies

2645 Dole Street Honolulu, HI 96822 Fax(808) 973-0988


KAMA 208




(808) 956-0589


Librarian II

Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies


Kauwela Novikoff is Faculty-Librarian at Hawai’inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge a department at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa on the island of O’ahu.  She received her B.A. in Hawaiian Studies in 1981, her P.D. in Secondary Social Studies Education in 1985, and an MLISc in Library and Information Science in 2003, all at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. Kauwela served as a secondary education Social Studies teacher, librarian, and administrator for the Hawai’i Department of Education for twenty-three years.  While teaching and standing up for the educational rights of Hawaiian children, Kauwela has found that she needed to pursue legal education completing her internship with a small law firm and obtained an A.S. in Paralegal in 2012.  The realities of the Hawai’i educational system have led her on a quest to make a difference by helping those kanaka in higher education along their way into the workforce.  Lately, some of her research interests include Digitizing Collections, Hawaiian Librarianship, Information Literacy in Hawaiian Studies, Hawaiian Organization and Knowledge Systems, and Advocating for Hawaiian Informational Services.  She serves as the advisor for Nā Hawai’i ‘Imi Loa, a Library and Information Science graduate student group at UHM.  Kauwela has mentored these future librarians and has written grants to spearhead the annual and well-attended Ho’okele Na’auao – A Hawaiian Librarianship Symposium.  Kauwela has been invited to present at ATALM, NAISA, WIPCE, and HLA conferences of which she has included student participation in her mentoring endeavors.  In addition to this, she has pursued and introduced a Dual Degree between the Hawaiian Studies Department and the Library and Information Science Department.  She has plans to form the first Native Hawaiian Library Association as a means to organize and preserve Hawaiian knowledge.  She is currently pursuing a PhD in Communication and Information Sciences at UHM.  She is Kanaka Maoli and resides in the small town of Hāna on the island of Maui.