Hoku o Hawaii begins printing front page in English, 1936.


Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Star of Hawaii, is published this week under new management under whose direction the newspaper that represents the Hawaiian people will have many new and improved features. One of these is an entire page printed in the English language, for the benefit of the younger generation of Hawaiians, many of whom understand English better than the language of their forefathers. It is for these young readers that the publishers have decided to print this one page in English.

Since the death of the Hoku’s beloved founder, the late Rev. Stephen L. Desha, Sr., who established it some thirty years ago, it has had to struggle along in a more o less indifferent way, with rather poor success, until the decision was made by the publishers to either suspend publication or place it in the hands of someone who could devote the required amount of time and labor necessary to build it up to a degree of efficiency that will make it of worthwhile service to the Hawaiian people.

Its policy will be one of constructiveness. It is not affiliated with any political party but it is primarily for the benefit of Hawaiians in general.

The publishers have appainted as manager, as well as editor of the English section, Henrietta F. Dixon, while Bernard Kelekolio is appointed editor of the Hawaiian language section. Both editors will give their best efforts toward making the Hoku a newspaper that will be a credit to the race it represents.

To make this newspaper a success, however, requires the financial and moral support of every individual interested in the future of the Hawaiian race, and in the Hoku’s efforts to sponsor their political and economic development. Among the several hundred individuals who have been subscribers for several years, a great number have not paid their subscription. The new management takes this opportunity of urging them to send in whatever amount is now due, as well as payment of renewal for another year. The price of $2.00 per year is a very nominal sum, and there are few persons who cannot afford to pay this small amount to help in assuring its future success. In the aggregate it amounts to a considerable sum, and is essential in determining whether the efforts of the new management will result in success or failure.

Without funds no newspaper can exist long. The future of the Hoku depends upon the response its readers give to this appeal for their cooperation and financial support.

(Hoku o Hawaii, 2/4/1936, p. 1)


Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Volume XXVII, Number 31, Page 1. February 4, 1936.

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