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 Papakilodatabase.com. 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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More on the winning 8th grade class, 1921.


The eighth grade of the Kamehameha School for Boys was awarded the silver loving cup, the George Alanson Andrus trophy, in the annual interclass singing contest held at the Bishop museum last night. There are about 25 boys in the class. Continue reading

And the winner was…, 1921.

Grade 8 Kamehameha Boys Best Singers

Grade eight of the Kamehameha School for Boys was the successful class at the annual interclass singing contest held Thursday night at the Bishop museum. The George Alanson Andrus trophy,  a silver loving cup was presented to the winners by Chester G. Livingston, chairman of the judges. Continue reading

First Kamehameha Song Contest, 1921.


A large silver loving cup, the George Alanson Andrus trophy, will be presented tonight as the prize at the first annual interclass singing competition of the Kamehameha Boys’ School. the contest will be on the steps of Bishop museum and will be open to the public. Chester G. Livingston will be chairman of the judges, but other judges will not be known until after the contest. Continue reading