Queen Emma in New York, 1866. — nupepa

THE DISTINGUISHED VISITOR. Emma, the Queen Dowager of the Sandwich Islands, Visits Brooklyn, the Navy Yard, and Sails Down the Bay—Callers at Her Hotel Yesterday, &c. Her Majesty of the Sandwich Islands, Emma, is determined, it would appear, to see the lions of the famed city of New York while she has the opportunity, and […]

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Long live the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum! 1892. — nupepa

A Visit to the Museum. President Hosmer and the boarders of Oahu College paid a visit to the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum at the Kamehameha School last Saturday afternoon. Prof. W. T. Brigham, curator, showed the collegians almost every article on exhibit at the museum, and his visitors were very much impressed with the relics […]

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Shakespeare in 1800s Hawaiian Newspapers

Hoonaueueihe, Ka Haku Moolelo Kaulana Loa o Enelani: Shakespeare in the Nineteenth-Century Hawaiian-Language Newspapers
3 – 5 p.m., Ohia Building, 220 Grille or Cafeteria
Kapi‘olani Community College: 4303 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI 96816

Renowned bard William Shakespeare’s plays enriched the Hawaiian-language newspapers from 1850 to 1925. These plays were translated into Hawaiian and serialized from Charles & Mary Lamb’s prose adaptations. This talk will cover the newspaper editors’ purposes in publishing these works.

Title Page of Shakespeare’s First Folio

The Hawaiian-language newspapers shared “kaao” (legends) and “moolelo” (histories/stories) serial publications. They greatly contributed to the vibrant public sphere emerging in the mid-nineteenth-century Hawaii.

Native Hawaiians playfully translated Shakespeare’s name as “Hoonaueueihe,” going beyond the usual transliteration of English authors’ names. Arguably, they did so because they recognized Shakespeare’s name and texts as a familiar, pleasurable word-wit and an insight into personal and public politics.

By reading the traces of Hoonaueueihe in the Hawaiian-language newspapers, one can glimpse a refashioning of Shakespeare for use in an island kingdom centuries and miles away from his own time and home.

Dr. Laura Lehua Yim is an Assistant Professor of English at San Francisco State University. Specializing in early modern English literature, law, and culture, she is currently finishing her book Fluid Propriety: Water and Authority in Spenser and Shakespeare, which re-interprets the ubiquity of rivers and streams in Elizabethan prose, poetry, and drama in relationship to the complex Tudor history of property rights in fresh water. This research includes cartographic history, particularly the legal maps drawn for freshwater-use rights disputes. Her work has also focused on Hawaiian legal history and current legal and political issues as well as “Native” issues in the common law diaspora.

Shakespeare First Folio exhibit and the Hawai’i Book and Music Festival

William Shakespeare’s First Folio—the first collected edition of his plays and one of the world’s most influential books—will be on display at Kapi‘olani Community College’s Lama Library from April 25 through May 25, 2016. During and leading up to the month-long exhibition of First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare, the College will host speakers, workshops for teachers, a special Shakespeare Comes to Hawai‘i exhibit, and more.

Title page of Shakespeare's First Folio

First Folio of William Shakespeare’s plays

Multiple translations of Hamlet’s most famous speech will be on display, including a rendering of the speech into Hawaiian by Professor Puakea Nogelmeier, who pointed out “for the sake of humor” when asked to attempt the daunting task, “There is no term for “to be” in Hawaiian.” (click to hear recording of “to be or not to be” speech in Hawaiian)

Are you curious about whether any Shakespeare materials ever appeared in Hawaiian language newspapers during the nineteenth century? Ever wonder if Shakespeare productions took place here during WWII? Like to know what was going on in Honolulu during the 300th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death? Come to Lama Library this spring when a few significant moments in the history of Shakespeare in Hawai‘i will be featured in the library lobby’s Shakespeare Comes to Hawai‘i exhibit to be presented concurrently with First Folio! on the library’s second floor.

Friday, April 29, 3-5 pm, KCC, Ohia Bldg. (food services), in the cafeteria, Valerie Wayne, “Shakespeare’s First Folio: The Book’s Own Story.”

Saturday, April 30, 1 pm
Hawaii Book and Music Festival, Authors Mauka Pavilion, “Shakespeare in Hawai‘i and Hawaiian,” Valerie Wayne, moderator; Mark Lawhorn, KCC; Paul Mitri, UHM; Puakea Nogelmeier, UHM.

A portrait of William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

Saturday, April 30, 2 pm. Hawaii Book and Music Festival, Authors Mauka Pavilion, “Shakespeare and the Ali‘i Nui,” Craig Howes, moderator; Theresa Di Pasquale of Whitman College, Puakea Nogelmeier, UHM.

Friday, May 6, 3-5 pm, KCC, Ohia Bldg. (food services), in the cafeteria, Laura Lehua Yim, San Francisco State University, “Hoonaueueihe, Ka Haku Moolelo Kaulana Loa o Enelani: Shakespeare in the Nineteenth-Century Hawaiian Language Newspapers.”

Friday, May 13, 3-5 pm, KCC, Ohia Bldg. (food services), in the cafeteria, Karen Jolley, History at UHM, “Turning the Pages: The Sensory Experience of Books.”

Friday, May 20, 3-5 pm, KCC, Ohia Bldg. (food services), in the cafeteria, Mark Heberle, “Shakespeare’s Quartos and the First Folio,” and Mark Lawhorn, KCC, “Shakespeare in Hawai’i during World War II.”

Tuesday, May 24, 6-7:30 pm, Diamond Head Theatre, closing event, Paul Edmondson, Head of Research and Knowledge, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford-upon-Avon, “Shakespeare at 400: Why?” and Renate Mesmer, Head of Conservation, Folger Shakespeare Library, “Behind the Scenes of the Preservation and Conservation Department at the Folger Shakespeare Library

A complete calendar of events for the First Folio Exhibit is available at https://www.kapiolani.hawaii.edu/shakespeare/.

A list of all the events at the Hawai‘i Book and Music Festival can be found at http://hawaiibookandmusicfestival.com.

Questions? vwayne@hawaii.edu

Edited by Alice Kim

Queen Emma’s Death

Today in history — April 25, 1885 — Queen Emma died at 49. She was interred in the Royal Mausoleum of Hawaii with Kamehameha IV and son Prince Albert.

As queen of Hawaii, she founded the Queen’s Hospital (known today as Queen’s Medical Center), St. Andrew’s Cathedral, and Saint Andrew’s Priory for Girls. She and her husband Kamehameha IV patronized Iolani School. Read more about her life in “The Late Queen.”

“The Late Queen: a Biographical Sketch”
The Daily bulletin., April 27, 1885, Image 3

Dedication of Punahou School’s Cooke Library

Today in history — April 22, 1909 — Punahou School (then known as Oahu College) dedicated the Cooke Library, a gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Cooke. On the front porch of the library, the College Glee Club sang a “snappy piece” and

“Then little Carolene Cooke stepped forward to the top of the stairs, and facing Mr. Damon said in clear sweet tones: ‘Grandpa and Grandma Cooke wish me to give you the keys of this library.’ At the same time she handed the keys, tied with a bow of blue and golden ribbon almost as big as the little donor, to Mr. Damon.”

Read more about it in “Gift of the Cooke Library.”

Note: Today the Cooke Library serves Punahou School students grades 9 through 12 and houses the Punahou Archives.

“Gift of the Cooke Library”
The Pacific commercial advertiser, April 23, 1909

President Lincoln’s Assassination

This month in history — April 15, 1865 — President Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth during a special performance at Ford’s Theater.

A nine-car funeral train carried the body of the President to Springfield, Illinois, where he was buried on May 4th.

Many of the co-conspirators were captured, including those who plotted it. John Wilkes Booth was shot after being traced to a farm in Bowling Green, VA on April 24th. A U.S. army commission tried the rest and convicted them.

Read more about it in “Lincoln Assassination.”

“Lincoln Assassination”

Father Damien Passed Away

Today in history – April 15, 1889 — St. Father Damien died of leprosy at age forty-nine at Kalaupapa, Molokai.

From 1865, the Kingdom of Hawaii quarantined leprosy victims at Kalaupapa, exiling them from their loved ones for life. Since landing on Kalaupapa’s shore in 1873 until death, Saint Damien of Molokai cared for the residents physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Read more about this Roman Catholic priest from Belgium in “Father Damien: The Leper Priest Passes to His Long Rest.”

“Father Damien: The Leper Priest Passes to His Long Rest”
The Daily bulletin, April 20, 1889, Image 2

Selling Booze in Honolulu May Require Speaking English

This week in history — April 20, 1912 — the Honolulu Liquor Commission proposed restricting liquor licenses to those who could speak English. According to the commission, the non-English-speaking license owners did not understand the liquor laws.

If the bill were to pass, many Asian saloon owners would not be able to own a license due to their lack of English-speaking abilities. Read more about it in “Orientals Unfit to Keep Saloons.”

“Orientals Unfit to Keep Saloons”
The Hawaiian star, April 20, 1912, Page 8

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Princess Liliuokalani Next in Line for the Throne

This week in history — April 11, 1877 — Princess Liliuokalani became the heir apparent to the throne of Hawaii. On a Wednesday at 1 p.m., guns shot from Punchbowl could be heard, and and people of Hawaii heard the proclamation. After her older brother King Kalakaua died in 1891, the future Queen Liliuokalani would serve as Hawaii’s last monarch. Read more about it in “The Heir Apparent.”

“The Heir Apparent” (second column, bottom half)
The Pacific commercial advertiser, April 14, 1877, Image 2

Kauai Bridges Swept to Niihau

This month in history — 1898 — a flood swept Koloa and Hanapepe Bridges on Kauai to Niihau, where Mr. Robinson found them. Plus, a Kauai school teacher fled to the Pali from his home when he saw the floodwaters arriving. Read more about it in “Kauai Bridges on Niihau.”

“Kauai Bridges on Niihau”
Evening bulletin., April 12, 1898, Page 4, Image 4