Hawaiian-Language Newspapers, 1862.

Native Newspapers.—The Hawaiians are as much attached to newspapers as any newsmonger of old Athens was to the gossip of the Areopagus. Long since, the “Kumu,” “Nonanona,” and “Eleele” [Elele], have passed away. Then followed the weekly “Hae,” which was a great advance upon its predecessors, but the “Hae,” is now to be spoken of as among the things that were, and 1862 opens with the “Hoku Loa,” or “Morning Star,” a Protestant Religious Monthly, and a similar monthly issued from the Catholic Mission [“Ka Hae Kiritiano”]. Besides these, two rather ambitious weeklies are in the field, viz: “Ka Hoku o ka Pakipika,” or “Star of the Pacific,” and “Ka Nupepa Kuokoa,” or “The Independent.” The former is issued from the “Polynesian,” office, and the latter is published by Mr. H. M. Whitney, who seems determined that the Hawaiians shall have a weekly every way worthy of being called a “Newspaper.” The number for January 1st, is printed upon excellent paper, and executed in a style to reflect the highest credit upon the employees of the “Advertiser Office.” We sincerely congratulate the Hawaiians upon the rare treat which this paper will afford them each week during the ensuing year.

[I am posting this after coming across it because of a post last week by Nanea Armstrong-Wassel, seen here. It is interesting to note that the Friend was obviously not supporting the Hoku o ka Pakipika…]

(Friend, 1/1/1862, p. 1)

Native Newspapers.

The Friend, New Series, Volume II, Number 1, Page 1. January 1, 1862.

Early Thanksgiving in Hawaii, 1862

Thanksgiving Day.

In the month of Mei, 1862, at the Conference of American missionaries here in Honolulu, Rev. L. Smith, and Rev. S. C. Damon were chosen as the Committee to clarify the appropriate day for the churches of Hawaii to give thanks to God for his blessing the people of this Archipelago in this year which is coming to an end.

Therefore, we select the last Thursday of this November, that being the 27th, as the day to give thanks to God. Here are some reasons to encourage the gathering of pastors and church members to celebrate this day.

1. For this Nation’s peace, and lack of war with other Countries.

2. For the availability of food for the people of this Archipelago.

3. For the lack of trouble from pestilence.

4. For the spread of the Bible here in Hawaii; and for the ability of the people to worship the living God as they wish?

5. For the abundance of Schools, and Churches, and teachers to teach the people.

6. For the good health of the King, and the Queen. Yet we remember with aloha, their tragedy, and grief, for the passing of their beloved child, “Ka Haku o Hawaii”.

There are many other things to encourage us to glorify God in the open as one.

Therefore, God’s people should gather at their churches on the specified day, to give their appreciation, exaltation, and songs of praise.

L. Smith.

S. C. Damon.

(Nupepa Kuokoa, 11/22/1862, p. 3)

Ka La Hoomaikai.

Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke I, Helu 52, Aoao 3. Novemaba 22, 1862.