Ke Kumu Aupuni Event



Hawaiian Historical Society In Partnership with Awaiaulu & Kapiolani Community College Library


Ke Kumu Apuni: The Foundation of Hawaiian Nationhood

The Hawaiian Historical Society invites its members and friends to our first program of the year on Thursday, September 21, 2023 from 5:30 to 7:00pm at Kapi‘olani Community College,‘Ōhi‘a Cafeteria. This event is co-sponsored by Kapi‘olani Community College Library. Parking on campus is free. See map below.

Register for the free event at or the scan the QR Code in the flyer. First five attendees will receive a complimentary, soft cover copy of Ke Kumu Aupuni:The Foundation of Hawaiian Nationhood. Must be in attendance at the event to receive the book. Walk-ins welcome on a first come, first served basis.

Hawai‘i quickly became one of the most literate countries of the 1800s, and Hawaiians wrote and published profusely for well over a century in Hawaiian. That cache of material has been opened up in the 21st century, and there are many wonderful resources to be found – relevant to every field or study or interest that is connected to Hawai‘i today. It is challenging, though, to navigate that repository, and to fully comprehend the language and content of the past.

For twenty years, Awaiaulu has trained fluent speakers of Hawaiian to find, understand and translate the writings of the past. They aim for a double-edged capacity building – making “new” resources and resource people at the same time.

Led by Dr. Puakea Nogelmeier, Professor Emeritus of Hawaiian at UH Mānoa and distinguished historian Kau‘i Sai-Dudoit, Awaiaulu will present an overview of their latest publication Ke Kumu Aupuni | The Foundation of Hawaiian Nationhood a bilingual historical text, and insight into the Kipapa project, a huge new information resource that illuminates fields of Hawaiian history for all levels of learners.



Ke Kumu Apuni: The Foundation of Hawaiian Nationhood

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Purchase your copy from HHS

$75 hardcover

Ke Kumu Aupuni : The Foundation of Hawaiian Nationhood embodies a monumental history of Hawai‘i, from the beginnings and political rise of Kamehameha I, the negotiations and battles that would come to unify Hawai‘i’s islands and kingdoms, and the development of a single government that would endure, to be ruled by his son and heir, Liholiho, Kamehameha II. This narrative is an invaluable catalog of data about Hawai‘i, Hawaiians, and the nature of national and cultural identity in the Pacific. For more information about the book, visit

Pre-order your hardcover copy ($75) and pick-up at the event or stop by the Reading Room during business hours (Tuesday-Saturdays 9am to 4pm) to purchase. Can’t stop by? You can also purchase and have it directly shipped to you, visit