Mary Kawena Pukui’s ʻŌlelo Noʻeau back in print! 2018.

I just saw in the Bishop Museum online newsletter the following announcement!

‘Ōlelo No‘eau Available For Preorder

We’re thrilled to share with you that one of our most beloved titles, Mary Kawena Pukui’s ʻŌlelo Noʻeau: Hawaiian Proverbs & Poetical Sayings, has been reprinted in partnership with the Dolores Furtado Martin Foundation—and preorders are available NOW online at Bishop Museum Press!

Museum members can utilize their membership discount on the Press website by entering the promo code MEMBER20 prior to checkout.

Copies will be available for pickup and/or purchase in Shop Pacifica starting Monday, December 10, 2018.

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Publication of “Native Use of Fish in Hawaii,” 1956.

Hawaiians Were Gourmets When It Came to Fish


The Hawaiian pitied the white man as an uncultivated person when he first saw the white man eating fish.

The white man discarded the portions of the fish which the Hawaiians considered delicacies—such as the head, the eyes, the entrails, the skin and the little dark portions next to the bone.

Then, too, the white man only ate cooked fish. He had no idea of the choice flavor of fresh fish eaten immediately after taking it from the water.

All this and much more is told in a new publication, Native Use of Fish in Hawaii by Margaret Titcomb, librarian, and Mary Kawena Pukui, associate in Hawaiian Culture at Bishop Museum.

Published in N. Z.

Native Uses of Fish in Hawaii is a supplement to the Journal of Polynesian Society and was published by the Society in New Zealand.

The books will soon be on sale at the Bishop Museum Bookshop.

Although Native Uses of Fish in Hawaii is a scientific publication, its text is easy to read for the layman and contains much fascinating material on how the Hawaiian at fish, his major source of protein. Continue reading

J. H. Kanepuu plans to publish a book filled with genealogies of the people, 1881.


I want to publish and distribute a book of Hawaiian Moolelo [Buke Moolelo Hawaii] for all the people of this lahui; and my great desire is for the questions below to be answered, so that the book can be filled with all of the genealogies [mookuauhau]. Continue reading

Halekuai buke o Huita, 1888.


Stationer & Newsdealer,

Merchant Street, – Honolulu, H. I.

Mutual Tel. 371. – Bell Tel. 302.

Law Books & Lawyers’ Stationery a Specialty.

Orders taken for Newspapers, Periodicals, Books, Music, etc., from any part of the world, having made all arrangements therfor whilst in San Francisco.

Red Rubber Stamps to Order.

(Daily Bulletin, 5/25/1888, p. 1)


The Daily Bulletin, Volume XIII, Volume 1952, Page 1. May 25, 1888.

Octopus fishing and more described by Emma Metcalf Beckley, 1902.


Women Got the Octopus With Spears.

The Hawaiians have five methods of fishing: by spearing, hand catching, baskets, hook and line, and with nets.

The Ia O is the spearing of fish and is of two kinds, below and above water. That below water is the most important, and is generally employed for the different kinds of rock fish. The spear used by the diver is a slender stick of from 6 to 7 feet in length made of very hard wood and sharply pointed at one end, but more tapering at the other. Since the possession of iron, spears are always tipped with it, but perfectly smooth, without hook or barb. Diving to a well-known station by a large coral rock or against the steep face of the reefs, the diver places himself in a half crouching position on his left foot, with his right foot free and extended behind, his left hand holding on to the rock to steady himself, watches and waits for the fish. Fish in only two positions are noticed by him, those passing before and parallel to him, and those coming straight towards his face. he always aims a little in advance, as, by the time the fish is struck, its motion has carried it so far forward that it will be hit on the gills or middle of the body and thus secured, but if the spear were aimed at the body it would be very apt to hit the tail, or pass behind. When the fish is hit, the force of the blow generally carries the spear right through to the hand, thus bringing the fish up to the lower part or handle of the spear, where it remains whilst the fisherman strikes rapidly at other fish in succession should they come in a huakai (train) as they usually do. Continue reading

“The Hawaiian Revolution!” 1894.




Provisional Government



Beautiful “Crisp Photo” Process.


The Volume Will Contain Half Tone Portraits of All the Leading People Connected With This Memorable Epoch.

Including an Account of the


In Fact an Historical, Statistical and Descriptive Review of the Material Development and Advancement of the Islands.


Comprehensive ÷ Sketches ÷ of ÷ Representative ÷ Citizens

Mr. Wellesley A. Parker, whose success throughout the world in art matters, is well known has been specially employed to superintend the pictorial department of this work. Of the Crisp process, which is to be used, the following extract from a well known paper speaks well for it.

The Albany, N. Y. Evening Journal says:

New Printing Process.—People unacquainted with the wonderful strides that have been made in Australia in printing, and the general depicting of nature in its most beautiful moods, have little idea of the complimentary and deserving success that Messrs. F. W. Niven and Co. of Ballarat, Australia have attained in their new “Crisp Photo” Process. We have been shown by Mr. Wellesley Parker, who is visiting us, samples of this new firm’s beautiful process. The book that has lately run into three editions, of 5000 each, of “Syracuse Illustrated” is beyond compare the most exquisite series of views ever appearing in the direction of printing. Episodes of the old days, and scenes of the beauties of the gardens of the city, are scattered throughout, interented with pictures of well-known citizens, that for fidelity rival any photograph that is at present produced. Every credit is due to Australia, who has taken the lead in this innovation.

Intersperced through the book will be pages devoted to the estaousnments or leading wholesale and retail merchants. Not only will the exteriors of the buildings be shown, but the interiors will come out with great fidelity, showing every branch of the business in actual working order, thus giving to many a glimpse behind the scenes of the various details involved in producing the articles that they purchase in the showroom or at the counter. The first issue of “The Hawaiian Revolution” is to be 5000.

The principal industries and business establishments will be visited by Mr. Parker, who is now in this city, on behalf of the Publishers, and arrangements made by which the actual details of the various branches of the businesses will be represented pictorially. In addition, it is the desire of the Publishers to add to the completeness of the work by prevailing upon citizens who have handsome residences or grounds, to arrange with Mr. Parker for their appearance in its pages.



[Does anyone know if this book ever got published?]

(Pacific Commercial Advertiser, 4/25/1894, p. 3)


The Pacific Commercial Advertiser, Volume XIX, Number 3671, Page 3. April 25, 1894.

Book of Nationalistic Songs, 1896.

He Buke Mele Lahui.

The Editor gifted a copy of the Buke Mele Lahui, Volume 1 to this Office, and we glanced through its pages. It is a book of 112 pages aside from the advertisements, table of contents and introduction by Mr. F (riend) Joseph Testa (Hoke). There are approximately 240 or more mele within. The first mele is Ai Pohaku and the last is Ai-manu Koolau. This is a good book for the Hawaiian libraries of those who like to keep books. The price is 25 cents.

[This publication was reprinted by the Hawaiian Historical Society in 2003, and is available in hardback for $60, or if you are a member of the Historical Society, $48! Check out the many books available from the Historical Society here.]

(Kuokoa, 1/10/1896, p. 2)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XXXV, Helu 2, Aoao 2. Ianuari 10, 1896.