Death of Alapai Painamu, 1911.


O Mr. Editor of the Kuokoa Newspaper, insert the words of this letter placed above in an open space of your paper so that family and friends living from where the sun rises at Kumukahi all the way to the sun Snatching island of Lehua.

On the 14 of March, 1911, the Angel of death took the breath of my wife and left her earthly body, but it is He who giveth, He who taketh away, glory to the name of Jehovah Sabaoth. Continue reading

Ka Leo Hawaii recordings online! 2019.

I usually don’t find myself on Ulukau, because their newspaper interface is not the best, and instead go to But now that Ka Leo Hawaii audio is finally up online at Kaniʻāina,  I will probably be checking it out more.

Kaniʻāina, “Voices of the Land”

At the turn of the 19th century, Hawaiian was the predominant language in Hawai‘i. By 1985, less than a hundred years later, the number of minor age Native speakers of Hawaiian was less than 50 children. The Hawaiian language education movement of the 1970s and 80s were guided by kūpuna mānaleo (native speaking elders) who gave generously with passion and aloha towards the revitalization of the Hawaiian language. Nearly all of those treasured elders have long since passed but their gifts expressed through the language are a rich and valuable resource of Hawaiian knowledge, language, culture, history, place, arts and science…

[Click the image below to be taken to the site.]



Ka Leo Hawaii, 1972 / 2016.

It is here! 2019.


A labor of love

When Larry Kimura and his students first arrived at KCCN in Honolulu with a pitch for a new Hawaiian-language radio show, the station manager had one question.

“Do you have an audience?”

It was 1972. Hawaiian was dying out. Most native speakers were kupuna — and there were not many left. It was still technically illegal to speak Hawaiian in schools. Who was going to listen to a program conducted entirely in Hawaiian?

“But he was kind enough to say, ‘All right,’” Kimura, now 69 and an associate professor of Hawaiian language and culture at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, recalled last week. Continue reading at Hawaii Tribune Herald

[Check out this awesome article from the Hawaii Tribune Herald. I wonder who the station manager of KCCN was in 1972!]

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