Hawaiian Language banned at Lahainaluna and Hawaii to become a state of the United States? 1868.

Hawaiian Banned at


We have heard through a letter from one of the students at the College, “The teachers and students have decided to ban the speaking of Hawaiian, and instead to speak English [namu kawalawala] all the time; and should anyone speak in Hawaiian, he will be made to work.” Is what we hear correct?

How sad for children to be denied their mother’s milk, and fed only cow’s milk. They will end up malnourished, for the nourishment God prepared for them is better than all other foods. How tragic is it for the youth to be denied speaking the language of their parents. What is this big push to acquire the English language [olelo haole]? Is it to prepare them to become Americans when Hawaii joins as a state of the United States as is being rumored about? Is that the idea at Lahainaluna?

This is what we think. Let us not treat with contempt this eloquent language, this graceful language, this beautiful language of our homeland.

These students of Lahainaluna who speak English [namu pakake] will not attain the high education of the early students of Lahainaluna, and they will not join the ranks of Rev. M. Kuaea, S. M. Kamakau, S. P. Kalama, and their fellow famed educated Hawaiians. This level will not be reached by the Hawaiian youth who attempt to speak only English, except perhaps for those who start young.

If only English is spoken at Lahainaluna, then it would be better were there only haole teachers there, and Kuaea should be sent somewhere that Hawaiian Language is recognized.

[Does anyone know if this ban ever took place in the late 1860s?

And what does “S. P.” stand for in “S. P. Kalama”?]

(Kuokoa, 3/7/1868, p. 2)

Kapu ka olelo Hawaii ma LAHAINALUNA.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke VII, Helu 10, Aoao 2. Maraki 7, 1868.

On Owls and wishing organizations who have kuleana would fund reshooting the newspapers, 1893/2012.

Some Recollections about Birds

The Owl.

The Pueo is a smaller large bird, like a hen of a chicken. Its flesh is delicious like chicken or Turkey. It is a very intelligent bird in stealing chicks by swooping down. So too other small birds, like the amakihi, and therefore, it is called a thieving bird, and called an Iwa [Frigate bird]. The owl is not eaten regularly by most people, there are only a few that eat Pueo. Those who eat it are greatly ridiculed. It is in Kula, on Maui, that people eat a lot of Pueo. The perching of that bird is famous at Kula, Maui. This bird is not famous on Hawaii or here on Oahu.

The Pueo is ???? like a Hawk [Io], and its cry is like a whispering “pi——o”. And if the Pueo fights, it hoots.

The eyes of a Pueo are round. Its eyes are large. That is why it is called a Pueo, as it has staring eyes…

[This article goes on, but most of it is hard to make out. I am not even sure about that part that says Kula people ate a lot of owls because of the bad image. Maybe now that Hamilton Library has a super scanner, there can be progress made on reshooting all of the Hawaiian-Language Newspapers?!

Also this is part of a series on birds, but much of it and a lot of this paper in general is hard to read because of the bad images now available.]

(Lei Momi, 7/27/1893, p. 2)

He Wahi Hoomanao no na Manu o ka Lewa.

Ka Lei Momi, Buke I, Helu 30, Aoao 2. Iulai 27, 1893.

Harrowing octopus encounter, 1896.

Fierce Battle with a Hee.

Outside of Waikiki, in the afternoon of Sunday, the 16th, while the haole children of Arthur Harris [Ata Harisa] and some Portuguese children were swimming in the ocean, full of joy on the day of the Lord, a great octopus from the deep, dark sea, rose up and wrapped its tentacles tightly about the legs of the Portuguese boy. The haole boy saw this trouble faced by his friend, and sped over to help; that is when one of the tentacles of the hee swung and grabbed on to his leg and arm while one of the tentacles pummeled his chest and ear, while he was pulled down under for a time. With much effort, he kept on fighting with the hee until he was free, being that it had previously released the Portuguese boy. The head of the hee was stomped full on so that it released the haole boy, or he would have been in trouble. The haole boy was left with scars on him from the hee. This is the first time in a long time that a hee was seen fighting with a person. That place will be feared from here forth. This is as it should be.

(Makaainana, 2/24/1896, p. 2)

Paio Hahana me ka Hee.

Ka Makaainana, Buke V—-Ano Hou, Helu 8, Aoao 2. Feberuari 24, 1896.