At the 1995 Cultural Surveys Hawaii field school on Kaua`i, an aspiring anthropologist , Alexander Mawyer, familiar with building databases, convinced Dr. Hallett Hammatt to invest in this database to get it set up and running on the web. Dr. Hammatt and I then went to an intellectual property attorney, to copyright the website database. Martin Hsia, Esq. advised us to form a separate corporation for this enterprise, which I did with Dr. Hammatt in 1996. Early board members Paige Barber and Muriel Seto invested money, time and expertise to organize the corporation, research pricing and get help with transcription.
Waihona 'Aina Corporation, founded in 1996 is a Hawai`i owned company providing our clients with archaic Hawaiian land use documents in digitized form. Our company's name is based on one of the meanings of the word "Waihona" - a depository of information.
We have developed one of the most comprehensive database systems for archival land documents available today. Our clients take advantage of accessing the information they need in a fast, accurate and organized manner, which helps them to complete their work more efficiently and economically.
Our most common clients are researchers, genealogists, historians, archaelogists, anthropologists, developers, land use and title companies, estates, land trust companies, government and private citzens.
People who helped me transcribe the documents from the State Archives into Mahele word processed documents of approximately 20 volumes were: Randalyn K. “Hiilawe” Barber, Ian Masterson, Melody Heidel. Colleen Leilani Seto and her husband, Ken Tanner, helped with editing. Gerald K. Ida transcribed or edited the first sets of documents in Hawaiian. V. Creed reformatted all the documents, getting rid of ditto marks and abbreviations and adding some web code.
Since 2000 I have worked with Joseph Quintero, Jr. He is now doing the transcriptions of the Land Grants. Susan Miller also transcribed a Boundary Commission document.
Charles H. Miller, and Fernando Drabik, programmers, along with the original design by Dr. Alexander D. Mawyer, have made this web site possible and workable and have added informative new features. My husband, Dr. Walter Creed has always helped me sort out the innumerable problems of new programs, crises, a hacker’s attack and moral and financial support that has allowed me to pursue this fascinating work.
The personnel at the Hawaii State Archives have xeroxed all the Land Commission records and translated a document missing in the printed volumes. To them I am very grateful.
The Waihona Aina Board of Directors continues to encourage new efforts and offer useful advice.
The Board Members 2008
Victoria S. Creed, Ph.D. - President
Alexander D. Mawyer, Ph.D. -Director
Hallet H. Hammatt, Ph.D. - Director
Muriel B. Seto -Director
Dot Uchima - Director
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