Let Hawaiian be taught in the schools, 1939.

Something that Should be Done

Senator James Kealoha of Hawaii introduced a law into the Legislature to teach Hawaiian language in the government schools, and in schools that stand on land under the care of the Hawaiian Homes Commission [Komisina o na Home Hawaii].

The senator believes that by teaching children Hawaiian in the places shown above, for only Hawaiians live on Hawaiian Homes land, and it is right to teach them the mother tongue. This idea of the young senator is a fine one indeed. But in the mind of some people they do not believe that this is a very good bill to be supported by the other members of the senate as well as the house of representatives.

Thoughts expressed by some who are not Hawaiian is that this bill should be amended to whereby it is opened up widely and Hawaiian is taught at all government schools in the Archipelago.

If this young senator did not submit this bill, the thoughts of others would not have been known.

It was not long ago that the Hoku o Hawaii would always print for those who would always read its news and for those accustomed to the Hawaiian language, but there was no heed; but now this Hawaiian language is to be restored in public schools, and we hope that it will receive support to pass with its amendment.

We give our congratulations to this young man who prizes his land of birth and his mother tongue.

Work together O Members of the Legislature and support this fine bill. This blessing is not solely for Hawaiians, but for all peoples.

[Check out this image of James Kealoha being sworn in as Territorial Senator by Supreme Court Justice James Leslie Coke in 1939, from the Hawaii State Archives Digital Collections!]

(Hoku o Hawaii, 3/22/1939, p. 2)


Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Volume XXXIII, Number 47, Aoao 2. Malaki 22, 1939.

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