This is an independent blog. Please note that I am nowhere near fluent, and that these are not translations, but merely works in progress. Please do comment if you come across misreads or anything else you think is important.
A new newspaper called, Ka Leialii o Hawaii was raised from the grave of the Nupepa Elele which died from lack of greenery needed to survive. A writer of that Leialii says because of the very little salary of the boys of the Pacific Commercial Advertiser Press [Halepai Kalepa] that they are hungry. This is not true because the PCA Press is paying its Hawaiian typesetters high wages from eight to twenty-five dollars a week. The Leialii cannot pay such high wages. Therefore what this writer speaks of is a big lie!
We have great praise for the fire department for their efforts to save the printing equipment of our fellow newspaper Ka Makaainana, and they saved it indeed from the devouring fires of this past Saturday.
We begin in this issue to print a page in the Hawaiian language, and set aside that page for news, essays, wise discussion, announcements of what is new, as well as notices.
The Rev. Mr. Desha, the kahu of Haili Church, has agreed to edit that page, and we, as well as he believes that this will become something that will encourage the rights of native Hawaiians of the land.
This was our initial wish when establishing this paper. We hope that by this endeavor Hawaiians will realize they also have responsibility in this paper just like the Haole, in sending in their political ideas, and reporting on unfair practices carried out against them.
The columns of this paper are open to all people of Hawaii to send in bits of news, general encouragement, and progressive political ideas. We wish to support Hawaiians and Haole alike toward equal prosperity for all.
We hope that Hawaiians will take delight in welcoming these ideas as we imagined, and that they will give their assistance so that this endeavor will benefit.
When the editor [Edward L. Like] of this paper returned for a few short days to the famous rainy land of Hilo, Hanakahi after his being away, to witness the final breath of his cousin, Miss Emmeline Kaleionamoku Nawahi, which she released from this life in the land of their birth. There were many things he reported on pertaining to the fast advancement of that town which took place over the years he was away from the land of his birth.
Ka Oiaio newspaper said that the Paeaina [Ko Hawaii Paeaina] newspaper will perish sometime these day. Hey! “Just like the wish, so too is the desire.” The Paeaina is telling you, O Ailuene Buki [John E. Bush], don’t go off and get stranded in that desire. When Ka Oiaio is being buried in the grave of Ka Hoku o ke Kai, Ke Ola o Hawaii, Ka La o Hawaii, Ka Hoonanea, Na Lani Ehiku, Ka Elele Poakolu, Ka Elele puka la, Ke Alakai o Hawaii and the Makaainana, while the Paeaina continues to move forward, shining a light upon the glory and the good name of Hawaii nei; consistently fending off rebels and those trying to overthrow the nation to make Hawaii lose its independence, so that it can’t grow in the future. E Johnnie! Don’t open up your mouth again lest you get a welt on the forehead from the Paeaina.
There will be a new weekly newspaper appearing in Hilo. This information was learned from an announcement to the office of the treasurer of the Territory on the past Saturday morning, in a letter to the office making it known that a weekly, “Ka Leo o ka Lehulehu” was ready to be printed every Friday at the printing office of the Hawaii Herald Publishing Company.
B. H. Kelekolio is the editor of this new newspaper that is making an appearance, and he is the one who established this new paper. It is a newspaper that will be published in the Hawaiian language, and its columns will be filled with only Hawaii news.
This past Tuesday, an altercation [uulukai] arose in the Chinese newspaper office by the name of Chinese Times [Wah Ha Bo] [華夏報], between Cheng Yat Kai, one of those who holds ownership in that newspaper, and Chung Chang Sing, the editor and also an owner in the paper. The cause was Cheng Yat Kai saying that he would sell all of his interests in the paper, and when Chung Chang Sing and some other Chinese got to the newspaper office to purchase the interests of that Chinese, he refused, and that was when the internal riot began. Cheng Yat Kai was injured by Chang Jan Sing hitting him in the head with a hammer.
The unfamiliar words placed above is the name of a new newspaper published in town in the Portuguese language. We got a hold of the first issue of the new serie of this newspaper. This paper was published earlier, but it was not long lived before it went to sleep. After being revived these days, it was called a new serie, like it is a new ano [new series]. We hope this newspaper O Luso Hawaiiano will live forever. The number of Portuguese living with us lately has increased, and it would not be good to just have them be without means to gain knowledge. And they will probably be happy to regularly acquire news in their own language. Mr. A. Marques is the editor of this newspaper. He is a haole that has not lived long amongst us, but his is a kamaaina nonetheless.
He has had editorials printed in haole newspapers of this town, speaking of subjects pertaining to the progress and prosperity of our archipelago. He is a man who speaks his mind without being ingratiating [hoopilimeaai]. In this age of much ingratiation and prejudice, our readers will be happy to hear of this new newspaper established for the good of the people.
[Hamilton Library put up online the Portuguese language newspapers from Hawaii. CLick here to be taken toO Luso Hawaiiano.]
The Governor is Asked to Give Assistance A Chinese Kamaaina of Honolulu is Arrested in New York, and to Save Him, Assistance of the Governor is Wanted
Because of a telegraph received by Professor C. S. Lee of the University of Hawaii, from his brother, Shao Kang Lee, living in New York, he went before Governor Farrington this past Monday and asked for his assistance to save a Chinese kamaaina who was arrested in that city.
The name of that Chinese that was arrested is So Hin Wong, the editor of the newspaper Canton Times, and vice president of the Pan Pacific Press Congress [ka Ahaolelo o na Kanaka Kakau Nupepa o ka Pakipika]. This is how the telegraph went which was sent to Professor Lee:
“Hin Wong was arrested by General Shien. Have Governor Farrington call for help from the American consulate in Canton.”
Other than Professor Lee, he was accompanied by Mr. C. K. A-i of City Mill and William K. Fong Yap of the Bank of Hawaii, to meet with Governor Farrington, on this past Monday. And after their meeting, the governor sent a telegraph to the American consul in Canton asking him to explain the reasons that Mr. Wong was arrested. And those were the steps to save that Chinese.
Along with the telegraph sent by Governor Farrington to the American Consul in Canton, another similar telegraph was sent by S. B. Dole and A. H. Ford, asking the consul to do all that he can to get Wong released from his imprisonment.
The reason that Mr. Wong was arrested, as explained by Professor Lee, last Monday, because Mr. Wong wrote editorials in his newspaper criticizing General Shien Hung Ing.
When Wong was but seven years old, he arrived here in Hawaii with his father [Shu King Wong]. His father became the editor of a Chinese newspaper [Sun Chung Kwok Bo] and pastor for the old Chinese church on Fort Street, and a teacher as well at Mills School.
Wong was educated at Mills School, and then at Punahou, and after graduating he went to America to further his education, and he graduated, prepared to be a newspaper writer.
He returned to China, and because the editor for the newspaper Canton Times, and he is also a writer for a number of other newspapers in China and America.