Bible translation completed, March 25, 1839.


Aloha to you all, O People of Hawaii nei:

This is something for us to be happy about. The translation of the Holy Book of God into Hawaiian is complete. The day this great work of the Missionaries was completed was March 25, 1839; nineteen years since the first Missionaries arrived here in Hawaii. The printing is almost done. Rejoice, O Hawaii nei, and your children, and the generations to come, for the kindness of God to you. Seek it out, and read it, and take care of this fine thing.

I have aloha for you all, and I tell you this with joy.

Honolulu, April 8, 1839.

(Kumu Hawaii, 4/10/1839, p. 91)

Ke Kumu Hawaii, Buke 4, Pepa 23, Aoao 91. Aperila 10, 1839.

Fancy typesetting, 1874.

The Wine Glass.

“Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes?  They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.” Proverbs 23:29–32.

(Kuokoa, 8/8/1874, p. 4)

Ke Kiaha Waina.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XIII, Helu 32, Aoao 4. Augate 8, 1874.

Faith, Hope, Love, and Tradition, 1874.

The Key to open the door of heaven, and all of its rooms.

Keys are important. You go somewhere, and see a beautiful structure, perhaps it is a church, or a home, a store, or a building filled with wonderful things. And you want to enter into these buildings. The doors however are locked. You have no Key to open the doors. You are not given the key. You can obtain key if you ask of the Owner, and they perhaps will accompany you and let you in.

We have heard that there is a beautiful city up above, with its lovely houses filled with many great wonderful things. And should one want to enter into this city after they die. They cannot enter should they be without the key. What is this key? It is this, Aloha. There are three great things: faith [manaoio], hope [manaolana], and love [aloha]; but aloha is the greatest of all things.

Are you heading, O Friend, for heaven, with faith and hope, while believing that with these things you will open up the door of heaven and enter within? You can’t with just those two things, without Aloha.

Aloha is the single golden key that can open the door of heaven. Faith and hope are keys that can open some of the houses here in this world. With these keys, you perhaps have entered Churches down here.

However, should you be without true aloha, you shall not enter into heaven. Do you possess this great key? Aloha? Here are the signs that you have it:

1. You uphold the commandments of Jesus.

2. You listen to the words of the teachers, the church pastor, and you do what is righteous as per their desires and you don’t do what is wrong as per their desires.

4. Give more aloha to those who give you little aloha.

5. To cease totally begrudging others.

6. Set aside slander, gossip, and hearsay.

7. Do good always and never do bad.

Should we have these seven signs, we may perhaps be in possession of true aloha, the single golden key that can open the door of heaven, and we will be allowed within. HAWAII.

[It is also interesting to note that while the Bible was being translated into the Hawaiian Language, Hawaiians of course traditionally had the word, “Aloha.” As for “Manaolana” and “Manaoio,” (and “enemi” [enemy] as well), those had to be made up just for the Bible. See “No ka unuhi ana i ka Palapala Hemolele iloko o ka Olelo Hawaii.” Hae Hawaii, Iulai 8, 1857, 57–58.]

(Kuokoa, 5/16/1874, p. 4)

Ke Ki e wehe ai i ka puka o ka lani, me ona mau keena a pau.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XIII, Helu 20, Aoao 4. Mei 16, 1874.

Huge Tsunami, 1862.

[Found under: “NEWS OF HAWAII NEI.”]

Large Tsunami [Kaikoo].—We received a letter written by Mr. E. Makaioulu of Haena, Keaau, Puna, Hawaii, on this past 29th of January, telling of the great tsunami at that place on the night of the 29th [28th] of that same month, and this is what he said.

“On the night of the 28th of this past January, an enormous kaikoo was seen in Keaau, Puna, Hawaii; it was a very big kaikoo with accompanying winds from the west, and the ocean was covered over with black rain clouds. The waves pounded and reached the barren plains high up inland, and the government road was smashed, as well as the fishpond of Keaau loa. The pounding of the ocean was like that of Egypt in the Red Sea, killing the Pharaoh and his war chariots; and we made it through those large waves in the night. We thought that is was the second Great Flood [Kai a Kahinalii] from the time of Noah, the prophet of Jehovah.”

[Anyone have more information on this fishpond?]

(Kuokoa, 2/15/1862, p. 2)

Kaikoo nui.

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke I, Helu 12, Aoao 2. Feberuari 15, 1862.

“Ka Nonanona,” 1841–1845.


“Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.”

[Just as an aside, here is the masthead of “Ka Nonanona,” and you can see here why this was chosen as the title of the paper. The passage is found in Proverbs (Solomona) 6:6. It is also seen in Hawaiian as: “E ka mea hiamoe, e hele oe i ka anonanona¹, E nana i kona aoao a e hoonaauao iho.”]

¹”Anonanona” is a variant of “nonanona,” meaning ant.


“Ka Nonanona” masthead


On the trail of the Japanese New Testament gifted to Kalakaua, 2011.

[So i am still looking for that Bible given at the Yokohama Union Church to King Kalakaua, when he visited there in 1881. Check out these other articles found in The Friend]


And the other article referred to therein,

Cast Thy Bread upon the Waters and Thou Shalt find it after Many Days.

Yokohama Union Church.

The church pastors did have this picture of the old church which was located on what is now a girl’s school nearby (Ferris). They do not believe that this is the church, because they hear it was built later (but there are no documentation to any of this)…


Old Yokohama Union Church

…so I can’t say I stood where Kalakaua stood 130 years ago, but all I can say for sure is that it was close by…