Hawai‘i was one of the most literate countries of the world in the 1800s, and Hawaiians wrote and published profusely for well over a century – in ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i. That cache of material has been opened up in the 21st century, and there are many wonderful resources to be found – relevant to every field of study or interest that is connected to Hawai‘i today. It is challenging, though, to navigate that repository, and to fully comprehend the language and content of the past.
For fifteen years, Awaiaulu, under the direction of Dr. Puakea Nogelmeier, Professor Emeritus of Hawaiian at U.H. Mānoa and distinguished historian Kau‘i Sai-Dudoit, has trained fluent speakers of Hawaiian to find, understand and translate the writings of the past. The organizations aims for double-edged capacity building – making “new”resources and resource people at the same time.
There are currently 15 scholars in different phases of training with Awaiaulu, now finishing their 2nd, 4th or 6th year of mentorship and resource production.
Open up The Treasury of Hawai‘i’s Past
- Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
- Washington Place
Join Awaiaulu on Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm for overview of the Hawaiian-language repository and some of the treasures that have come to light in the course of their work.
Free parking (on a first come, first served basis) will be available at the State Department of Health (Kīna‘u Hale Building) parking lot (enter off Miller Street). Enter Washington Place through the Beretania Street Front Gate. Gates at Washington Place will open at 4:45 pm.
“Open up The Treasury of Hawai‘i’s Past,” on Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Purchase tickets at www.eventbrite.com for $20.00 per person.
Adult guests may be required to present a picture ID upon entrance to the property and may be subject to a bag inspection. No large bags will be permitted.