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Nā Keiki Puni Moʻolelo: Noio (Free) Libraries


The goal of the Noio (Free) Library is to gift re-purposed newspaper stands to schools, companies, and other interested parties in the community.

How Does It Work?
We will procure a newspaper stand, refurbish it, and acquire an artist to transform it into a masterpiece. Once its ready, we'll find a location for it and will designate a qualified steward to monitor the Library and ensure that it stays fruitful.

What is a Noio? What is its significance to the Library?

The noio is a black noddy bird. The noio is found in the Hawaiian Islands and across the Pacific. Used by fishermen and navigators to signal land or schools of fish, the bird represents a spatial transition since it tends to frequent the area in between land and the deep sea. “He noio ʻaʻe ʻale no ke kai loa” [A noio that treads over the billows of the distant sea] is used as an expression to describe someone who has outstanding wisdom and skill. We think the students of UHWO represent the characteristics of the noio thus the library’s motto is, “He wahi e ulu pono ai ka noio ʻaʻe ʻale kai,” or, a place where the sea-faring noio thrives. The noio is further connected to UHWO through the legend of Nihooleki [Nihoalaki], a proficient fisherman who lived at Puuokapolei in the district of Waiʻanae.

The Libraries

  1. Designed by Zoe Liu
    "Let 'em Read"
  2. Designed by Sheanae Tam
    "Changing Tides"


Big THANK YOU to Lance Yakabe.