Learning from old Hawaiian newpapers

Can you kokua? We haven’t posted here for some time, but here’s an activity I think citizens and honorary citizens of Ka Lahui Hawaii can get behind.

A call for volunteers to type, in simple text manuscript form, pages from old Hawaiian language newspapers so that the content can be searchable with a computer was issued in late November 2011. The project, called the “ʻIke Kūʻōkoʻa Initiative,” is seeking 200,000 volunteer hours. As you may know, more than 100 Hawaiian language newspapers were published between 1834 and 1948.

If you have heard about this project and are anxious to help, please visit www.awaiaulu.org, scroll down, and hear the welcoming invitation from Kaui Sai-Dudoit and Puakea Nogelmeier. If you sign on and decide later it’s not for you, you can always cancel.

Although it’s true that one doesn’t need to speak Hawaiian to type it, it is an advantage. In addition, good eyesight, squinting, accurate typing, copyreading skills, and time = Success. Mahalo!

Posted by Rebekah

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