Hawai’i Open is the new home for all Open Access (OA) book projects from University of Hawai‘i Press. In addition to the free availability of our growing list of OA books, this site also serves as the host of supplemental material for many of our other books, such as audio and video files, extra images and texts, and interactive content.

Hawai’i Open runs on Manifold, an open-source scholarship web platform that presents a reflowable reader experience directly in the browser. Users can also download the files as PDF or EPUB, and with Reader Groups, extensive annotation and collaboration tools within texts, and much more, Manifold aims to transform scholarly publications into living digital works.


The OA projects hosted on this website would not be possible without the generous support support from the following organizations and initiatives:

Humanities Open Book

The Humanities Open Book Program is a joint initiative of the National Endowment for Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to make out-of-print humanities books newly and freely available in electronic format. UH Press received two generous grants from the program to convert 89 titles into OA publications.

Knowledge Unlatched

Knowledge Unlatched facilitates the “unlatching” of OA books and journals of broad appeal in the arts, humanities, and STEM fields. Knowledge Unlatched works with libraries around the world to pledge funds on an annual basis toward the release of thematically organized book and journals packages.

Sustainable History Monograph Pilot

The Sustainable History Monograph Pilot is a program funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and executed by Longleaf Services to publish OA digital editions of high-quality scholarship in the field of history. By employing innovative digital-publishing technology, the program dramatically increases the speed of publication and offers detailed usage tracking.

Towards an Open Monograph Ecosystem

Towards an Open Monograph Ecosystem (TOME) is a collaborative effort of the Association of American Universities, the Association of Research Libraries, and the Association of University Presses. Participating universities provide support for the publication of OA, peer-reviewed, and professionally edited monographs written by members of the university faculty.

University of Hawai‘i Press Digitization Fund / Private Donors

The University of Hawai‘i Press Digitization Fund enables members of the community to contribute toward the digitization and OA publication of books and journals. Gifts to this fund may support the acquisition of OA publication rights, the digital assets, and the wide distribution of these assets to various online platforms. Private donors—including Kamehameha Schools, the University of the South Pacific, and individual members of the community—have also contributed funds towards the OA releases of select titles.


Please refer to the contact page on the University of Hawai‘i Press main website.