Photo: Thomas Tunsch
Kīpuka = area of land surrounded by one or more younger lava flows.
OHA’s Kipuka Database is a geographical information system (GIS) that utilizes the latest mapping technologies to provide a window into native Hawaiian land, culture and history. Kipuka links historic data sets to geographic locations reinforcing the concept of information embedded in the ‘aina (land), encoded in the wahi inoa (place name). The foundation of Kipuka is the traditional land system, mokupuni divided into moku, ahupua‘a, ili and kuleana. A sense of “place” was a foundational aspect of traditional kanaka maoli (Native Hawaiian) identity.