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.
To search for yourself, go to http://nupepa.org/ .
Remember, most texts are still untranslated from the original Hawaiian.