English-Language Newspaper articles less important than Hawaiian-Language articles? 2012

Here is something to consider…

There are many who believe that English-Language articles are somehow less important than Hawaiian-Language ones. We should not turn our noses up at any history passed down by those who lived it—in any language. Although it is important to take into account who wrote the information and under what circumstances, any information is better than no information!

Here for instance is the coverage the first Kamehameha Girls School graduation received in The Hawaiian Gazette of July 6, 1897, p. 2, “CLOSING EXERCISES”.

Compare this to what we saw earlier from the Kuokoa of July 2, 1897, p. 2, “KA HOIKE O KE KULA KAIKAMAHINE O KAMEHAMEHA”.

1 thought on “English-Language Newspaper articles less important than Hawaiian-Language articles? 2012

  1. I agree with your statement of any info is better than none. Henry M. Whitney, the founder of the English-language newspaper Pacific Commercial Advertiser, hated and constantly complained about hula. However, he described how hula was danced and unwittingly preserved that knowledge, and his descriptions contain info that can’t be found elsewhere.

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