O ko’u aupuni, he aupuni palapala ko’u, 1837.

From the Salem Gazette.

Please Exchange.”—On Friday, we received a file of the “Sandwich Island Gazette and Journal of Commerce,” with a request, on the outside of the package, to “Please Exchange.” On inspection of the parcel, we find the file is complete, from the establishment of the paper, the 30th of July last, during a period of four months. It is of small size, and printed weekly, at six dollars a year. The papers affords many paragraphs which are not without interest, as showing the state of society and affairs at the Islands. For the present, we content ourselves with quoting a royal letter:—

From the Sandwich Island Gazette.

Letter from the King.—We give a translation of a letter from His Majesty Kauikeauoli [Kauikeaouli], in reply to our application to him for permission to work our press, and publish a newspaper in this place.—The translation is literal, but its import is plain.

“To Stephen D. Mackintosh.

Honolulu, Oahu.

I assent to the letter which you sent me. It affords me pleasure to see the works of other lands and things that are new. If I was there, I should very much desire to see. I have said to Kinau, make printing presses. My thought is ended. Love to you and Reynolds.

By King Kauikeauoli.”

[This was a pretty exciting find. Kamehameha III proclaimed that his kingdom would be a kingdom of reading and writing. And indeed it was. Kamehameha III encourages the printing of newspapers, and here he writes, “If I was there…” because it seems he was in Kailua, Hawaii at the time, while the newspaper was to be printed in Honolulu. Unfortunately, The Sandwich Island Gazette and Journal of Commerce which ran from 7/30/1836 to 7/27/1839 is not available online at Chronicling America as of yet.

For more on this first English newspaper in Hawaii nei, see “Hawaii’s first English Newspaper and Its Editor,” by Helen P. Hoyt, appearing in the Annual Report of the Hawaiian Historical Society in 1954.]

(Constantine Republican, 5/31/1837, p. 2)

From the Salem Gazette.

Constantine Republican, Volume I, Number 48, page 2. May 31, 1837.


1 thought on “O ko’u aupuni, he aupuni palapala ko’u, 1837.

  1. Another wonderful affirmation that Kauikeaouli not only proclaimed a nation of literacy, but consistently supported the infrastructure of teachers, schools, presses and industries that made it successful. Mahalo


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