He Aupuni Palapala

Cover Image: Detail of front page of the January 1, 1862 issue of Ka Nupepa Kuokoa. Photo by David Franzen, ©2009 Bishop Museum Archives. QM 204791.

He Aupuni Palapala: Preserving and Digitizing the Hawaiian Language Newspapers is an ambitious, multi-year collaboration between Bishop Museum and Awaiaulu, supported by the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority and with contributions from Kamehameha Schools. Its goals are to catalog the existing nūpepa (Hawaiian language newspapers) in public repositories in Hawaiʻi, recording the condition of each page. It will also redigitize and partner with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Papakilo Database to make word searchable the clearest pages available and to upload them online for free public access.

The Hawaiian language newspapers total more than 100,000 pages of text, encompassing practically all aspects of Hawaiian life, culture, literature, environment, and history—told in the words of Hawaiians of the day.

Aole o’u makemake e paio aku, he makemake ko’u e pololei ka moolelo o ko’u one hanau, aole na ka malihini e ao mai ia’u i ka mooolelo o ko’u lahui, na’u e ao aku i ka moolelo i ka malihini.

[I have no desire to argue, I want the history of my homeland to be accurate; it is not for the foreigner to teach me the history of my people, it is for me to teach it to the foreigner.]

—S. M. Kamakau, “Hooheihei ka Nukahalale…” Ke Au Okoa, 10/16/1865, p. 1

Aole o’u makemake e paio aku, he makemake ko’u e pololei ka moolelo o ko’u one hanau, aole na ka malihini e ao mai ia’u i ka mooolelo o ko’u lahui, na’u e ao aku i ka moolelo i ka malihini.

[I have no desire to argue, I want the history of my homeland to be accurate; it is not for the foreigner to teach me the history of my people, it is for me to teach it to the foreigner.]

—S. M. Kamakau, “Hooheihei ka Nukahalale…” Ke Au Okoa, 10/16/1865, p. 1

Detail of front page of the January 1, 1862 issue of Ka Nupepa Kuokoa. Photo by David Franzen, ©2009 Bishop Museum Archives. QM 204791.

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Inter-Island Travel

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The exhibit on the third floor of Hawaiian Hall in celebration of the bicentennial of printing in Hawaiʻi continues. We just turned to a new page of Ka Nupepa Kuokoa!

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Funeral Processions

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Dolphins

If you search the Hawaiian language newspapers online, there are not that many stories about dolphins.

Read More »

Inter-Island Travel

In the days before Aloha and Hawaiian, if you wanted to get from one island to another and did not have access to a boat or waʻa, there was the Inter-Island Steam Navigation Company which started in 1883.

Read More »

Kapiʻolani Park

The exhibit on the third floor of Hawaiian Hall in celebration of the bicentennial of printing in Hawaiʻi continues. We just turned to a new page of Ka Nupepa Kuokoa!

Read More »

Funeral Processions

Funeral Processions Back to Library & Archives Cover Image: Masthead of Ka Elele Hawaii published on January 1, 1855. Aloha Nūhou Monday! When a leader

Read More »

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