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Ike Kūʻokoʻa — Liberating Knowledge

28 November 2011 - 31 July 2012

Over 125,000 pages of Hawaiian-language newspapers were printed in more than a hundred different

papers from 1834 to 1948. They equal a million or more typescript pages of text - apparently the largest

native-language cache in the western world. The newspapers became an intentional repository of

knowledge, opinion and historical progress as Hawaiʻi moved through kingdom, constitutional

monarchy, republic and territory, yet only 2% of that repository has been integrated into our English-

speaking world today. 'Ike Kū'oko'a is a dynamic move to change that percentage and to open up this

resource for general access.

‘Ike Kū‘oko‘a Liberating Knowledge is a Hawaiian-newspaper initiative where an army of

volunteers is taking 60,000 digital scans of Hawaiian-language newspapers and transcribing them

into searchable typescript. Of the 125,000 pages originally published, 75,000 have been found and

made into digital images, and 15,000 of those images have been typescripted by OCR or manually.

60,000 pages remain in hand, yet unsearchable. Our goal is to make the whole available collection

word searchable, and to do it by July 31, 2012. It will open up hundreds of thousands of pages worth

of data on history, culture, politics, sciences, world view, and more.

No Hawaiian language skill is necessary to participate. You type what you see. Volunteers log in and

reserve a page for typescripting. An image file (tif) and a text file (rtf) are downloaded and then saved

on the volunteer's computer. The tiff image file is easily enlarged for viewing, and on the text file one

types all the text that is seen on the page. Though the newspaper is printed in columns, the typescript

spans the page like a letter. No formatting needed. Guidelines are on the website.

Once a page is completed and checked, it is submitted through the volunteer's homepage. Upon

submitting a file, the typescripter's name is imbedded, the page can be dedicated to a special someone,

and a group can be credited with the work. The typescripter and the dedication will appear in the

searchable text on the web, "This page made possible by XX, dedicated to YY". The pages credited to a

group (hālau, school, etc.) are for comparison now, while the project is in progress.

ʻIke Kūʻokoʻa was initiated on November 28, 2011, to be completed by July 31, 2012, commemorating

Lā Kūʻokoʻa (Independence Day) and Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea (Restoration Day), the main historical holidays of

the Hawaiian kingdom era. Centered in Hawaiʻi, this initiative engages and connects people from all

over the world in a united, collaborative endeavor – three months after launching we already have over

3,000 volunteers from 8 countries, across the U.S., and throughout the island chain. But we'll need

thousands more to assure success. Consider being a part of this historical effort, and please help by

telling others about it.

Join the Hawaiian community that spans the globe, investing in something unique and historical that will

make a legacy of Hawaiian knowledge accessible again, benefitting everyone for generations to come.

Puakea Nogelmeier, Director of Awaiaulu, and Kauʻi Sai-Dudoit, Project Director of ʻIke Kūʻokoʻa


ʻIke Kūʻokoʻa was successfully completed on Nov. 28 2012, and the files are being loaded up onto the web for free access through the following websites.  Awaiaulu and the ʻIke Kūʻokoʻa team extend a sincere mahalo! to all of those who made this possible through their participation and support.  


Aloha nō,

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