Hawaiian Language Newspapers Now Searchable Online


Kamehameha III declared that “Mine is a kingdom of literacy” reflecting the commitment that made Hawai’i one of the most literate nations of its time.  Written Hawaiian was established in about 1823, and by the 1840’s, literacy among native Hawaiians was estimated at over 90 percent.  In recent years researchers have been uncovering the bounty of knowledge in Hawaiian language newspapers that began in 1834.  Here, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on how we can access some of that ourselves.

front page of one of the searchable Hawaiian language newspapers       To search for yourself, go to http://nupepa.org/ .

Remember, most texts are still untranslated from the original Hawaiian.

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