Hawaiian Language Newspaper Initiative Celebrates a Year's Work

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Almost a year has passed since a local initiative began transcribing over 60,000 pages of Hawaiian-language newspapers. The project, 'Ike Ku'oko'a, or Liberating Knowledge, takes the digital pictures from historic newspapers and turns them into searchable text.  Thanks to a huge community response, 'Ike Ku'oko'a met their goal on time. Project manager Kau’i Sai-Dudoit thanks the 7,000 volunteers who took the time to help.

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Puakea Nogelmeier, Executive Director of 'Ike Ku'oko'a, believes education and access are the most important lessons learned from the project.

 

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Supporters of the 'Ike Ku'oko'a initiative are invited to join a picnic on the lawn of Iolani Palace to celebrate the end of a year’s work.  The gathering is scheduled for November 28th from 11 am to 1 pm. 

 

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(Molly Solomon / HPR News)