This is an independent blog. Please note that I am nowhere near fluent, and that these are not translations, but merely works in progress. Please do comment if you come across misreads or anything else you think is important.
I realize there have been no posts lately, but I have been taking a little break.
But today on the 10th anniversary since our first post(?!), I wanted to say thank you to those who have been spreading interest in the Hawaiian language newspapers. It is time that they are redigitized from the original newspapers, so an o is not confused with an e, or an m with a w, or a t with an l!
Queen Kapiʻolani’s motto was not, “Kūlia i kahi hiki.”
Did you see the announcement from Bishop Museum Press saying that the Hawaiian and English Cross-Age Learning Picture Vocabulary Book is back in print after a long time of not being available. For more information about the book and how to order copies for people you know, click the image below.
The reprint of the vocabulary book reminded me of an earlier column appearing in Hoku o Hawaii starting in 1938. It was called “He haawina i kekahi poe,” and was started to help people learn Hawaiian and to increase the number of subscriptions to the newspaper. This column would continue on until 4/19/1939. “Lesson in Hawaiian” followed from 4/26/1939 until 6/20/1945. Continue reading →
Death that is Mourned.—Rahela Puowaina was born at Papaaea, Hamakua Loa, Maui. In the month of Hilinehu in the year 1833, and she died on the first day of the month of Kaaona; she was 37 years old. Continue reading →
There are two Hawaiian newspapers that will be appearing very soon, Ka Lanakila, and newspaper published as a book and edited by G. K. Keawehaku, along with Ka Nupepa Waialeale of Kauai. Continue reading →
Who Brought the First Horses to the Islands?—In a valuable document presented by Stephen Reynolds, Esq., to the R. H. A. Society at its first meeting in 1850, the following passage occurs:—Horses.—I have not been able to find the name of him who introduced the first. It appears two were brought and presented to Kamehameha; the natives say Mr. Manine was in the vessel. Several were brought before 1823. From 1824 to 1838 many cargoes were brought from California. The horses born and reared on the islands are superior in all respects to those imported from California,—better limbs, better spirits, and tougher animals.” Continue reading →
This strange animal is born and lives and dies amongst the branches of the trees. They are rare, and live in seclusion in the trees of the deep forests of South America. That is where it lives. Its front legs are long, somewhat like those of the arms of man, it does not reach a foot, its claws are long like fingers. Its hind legs are short. Therefore it cannot walk on land, it can only move by crawling. From that comes its name, the Sloth. Continue reading →