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I Ulu I Ke KumuThe Hawaiinuiakea Monograph$
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M. Puakea Nogelmeier

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780984566600

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780984566600.001.0001

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The Poetry of Kamehameha I: Jewels in the Dust

The Poetry of Kamehameha I: Jewels in the Dust

(p.1) The Poetry of Kamehameha I: Jewels in the Dust
I Ulu I Ke Kumu

Puakea Nogelmeier

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter places the poetry of Kamehameha I in the context of Hawaiian-language newspapers as repositories of older, traditional knowledge. Kamehameha I composed a chant as part of a trilogy of compositions honoring Kauikeaouli, his second son of the ruling line. It was published in the Hawaiian-language newspaper Ka Hoku o ka Pakipika in 1861. The chants by Kamehameha and his household were among many in an unprecedented wave of knowledge dissemination and documentation. Thanks to newspapers, they are a rediscovered treasure; their presence in the newspaper cache illuminates both the possibilities and importance of the native-language newspapers for the study of Hawaiian history. This chapter examines the transition in the role of newspapers from a unilateral process of education and information delivery to one of national engagement and interaction. It shows how native-language newspapers became an archive of both ancestral and new knowledge in Hawaiʻi.

Keywords:   poetry, Kamehameha I, Hawaiian newspapers, traditional knowledge, chants, knowledge dissemination, knowledge documentation, Hawaiian history, Hawaiʻi

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