Ke Kumu Aupuni


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Kamehameha Publishing
Samuel Manaiakalani Kamakau

Samuel Kamakau’s history now available in his own language and in the order in which he told it.

Puakea Nogelmeier served as editor of the five-year project, a collaborative
effort by some 18 people, including students, friends and other UH faculty members. Key collaborators were UH lecturer Lalepa Koga, who collected and typed materials; Sahoa Fukushima, who proofread, corrected the manuscript and helped index; and Noenoe Silva, principal compiler of an inclusive 62-page index.

The lone page in English in the 325-page text explains that Kamakau (1815-1876) wrote a landmark history of Kamehameha the Great and his kingdom. The account appeared as a serial column in two Hawaiian-language newspapers over three years, from 1866 through 1869. This book presents half of that text; a sequel will publish the second half. The book also features 15 color plates, including several little seen photos of ali’i, or royalty.


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