3 Dec 2012

Historic Hawaiian language newspapers online now following project

4:50 am on 3 December 2012

A one-year project to promote the Hawaiian language by transcribing thousands of pages of Hawaiian language newspapers has been completed.

Nearly 7,000 volunteers in 14 countries helped transcribe 16,000 pages of historic Hawaiian language newspapers.

The work done under the Ike Ku'oko'a Initiative transferred the material into an electronic format, which the public can now access over the internet.

One member of the project, Puakea Nogelmeier, says the Hawaiian language newspapers that were transcribed ran from 1834 to 1948.

He says what they found in the newspapers was just incredible.

"Family chants, historical accounts, descriptions of traditional practise, in addition to all the news, lots of the old stories, the Hawaiian legends and myths, so of them were 500 and 600 pages long once they are typed out were all published in these papers, it's an incredible repository."

Puakea Nogelmeier says they are now hoping to get assistance with translation.