Binding: An Early Means of Preserving Newspapers
Cover Image: Masthead of Ka Hae Hawaii published on October 1, 1856.
Aloha Nūhou Monday!
Dear Reader, one reason we can still read about Cakobau’s letter to Lunalilo, or the response of the New Zealand government to the overthrow is because much of the newspapers were bound.
The hardcover binding would keep the issues in order and provide protection to the delicate newsprint. The book format allowed you to access them just as you did other volumes on your bookshelf. Early newspapers like Ke Kumu Hawaii would even provide their readers with an index at the end of the year.
The following is one of many articles encouraging the reader to have their newspapers bound.
Image: “E Malama I ka Nupepa,” Ka Hae Hawaii, October 1, 1856, p. 122
TAKE CARE OF YOUR NEWSPAPERS.
It is wise to gather up your Hae Hawaii, from issue 1 until the end of the 52 issues, and to take them to the printing house at Kawaiahaʻo to Samuel Russell for him to bind; the price is half a dollar or so.
Those who take and toss them aside, or tear them up and throw them away are wasteful, just like the person who grabs a dollar from inside his pocket and discards it without cause, like a crazy man.
If your Hae Hawaii is bound, or Elele Hawaii perhaps, and there comes a time when you are interested in reading it, you can talk with your friend1 living far away from you who you do not know, as if you are living together at that moment. For those who tear up the newspaper, they would be left behind.
The newspapers never grow weary speaking of all it holds; actors will become lazy, and so too those knowledgeable in the tales of Kamapuaʻa, Pākaʻa, and Kawelo.
J. H. Kānepuʻu
Kuliʻouʻou, ʻĀp. Waikīkī, Sep. 22, 1856.
1“Friend” was frequently used in the Hawaiian language newspapers directly addressing the reader, most often in the form “hoaloha heluhelu,” “hoa heluhelu,” or “makamaka heluhelu,” with the idea of “reading friend” or “dear reader.”
Image: A selection of bound newspapers featuring covers of different colors and designs.
Image: “Humu Palapala,” Ka Hae Hawaii, June 25, 1856, p. 67
PRINTING HOUSE of Kawaiahaʻo, Honolulu. For those who want their old Elele Hawaii and Hae Hawaii sewn and bound into a book, I am able to perform this nicely, for a reasonable charge.
Also bound are hymnals, Bibles, and other documents, as you desire. With the title on the outside in silver and done nicely in red leather.