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Hawai`i Sheet Music Index

The index includes approximately 1,300 bibliographic records for Hawaiian language songs and songs about Hawai`i. Searches may be done by song title, subtitle, first line, composer, lyricist, and place name, if applicable. Titles in the union catalog are held by the Bishop Museum Library, the Hawai`i State Library, and the University of Hawai`i at Manoa Hamilton Library, Hawaiian Collection. Note: This database is an index, only. It is not a full-text database nor does it access sheet music online.


  • From the Research link on the black navigation bar
  • Click on Hawaii/Pacific from the drop down menu.
  • From the list, select "Hawaiian Sheet Music Index" or go directly to:


  • Select the Basic Search or Guided Search button.


  • In the Search For box, type in the title of the song, subtitle, composer, lyricist, and/or place name.
  • Specify the type of search, i.e. title, author (composer), subject heading, etc. in the Search By box on the right.
  • Refine Search:
    • Limit your results (narrow your search):
      • Quick Limit – limits search results to UH Manoa only, Last 5 years, Videorecording/DVDs, or English
  • Guided Search:
    • Use Boolean and, or, not to combine search terms.

Search Techniques


To search for



All words

Hawaiian AND chant
to find Hawaiian and chant in every record


Any of the words

hula OR dance
to find hula or dance (or both) in every record


One word but not another

Waimea NOT Kauai
to find Waimea but not Kauai

“ “

Exact phrase

“Parker Ranch”
to find Parker Ranch as an exact phrase


Variant endings of a word

to find chants, chanter, chanters, chanting


Replace a single letter

to find neat, nest, next


To mark required terms



To indicate greater relevance


Search Results

Results can be marked in boxes on the left and then:

  • Printed – use the print button in the box at the bottom of the page.
  • Emailed – enter your email address in the box at the bottom of the page.
  • Save Results for Later – use the Save Record(s) button at the bottom of the page.


Online help is available at the top right of each page.
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