Moʻolelo Matters

This article concerns the possible reprint and updated edition of Ka Mooolelo Hawaii a book originally published in 1838 by Lahainaluna Seminary Press. The 1838 text was compiled by students of Rev. Sheldon Dibble who wrote questions about important matters in Hawaiian history. The students in the class were then directed to seek out kupuna, knowledgeable people, and chiefs ask them the questions and record their answers in writing. The students would then share their findings in class, and Rev. Dibble would synthesize the answers creating one narrative out of many different oral accounts. David Malo and Samuel Kamakau were among students in the first class. If you have a copy of the latest reprint of the 1838 the text by the Hawaiian Historical Society you can see that the questions students were directed to ask appear on the bottom of each page.

Ka Mooolelo Hawaii is perhaps the first…

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