The History of Hawai‘i From Our Files: One Warrior’s Journey to Save the Hawaiian Language

HONOLULU Magazine emerged from predecessor “Paradise of the Pacific,” which began in 1888, fulfilling a commission by King Kalākaua. That makes this the oldest continuously published magazine west of the Mississippi with an enviable archive worth diving into each month. Here’s a look back at February 1996.


From Our Files 1996 February



“Speaking Hawaiian is a political act and my students become warriors—whether they know it or not—in this army that is saving our language,” ‘Ekela Kanī‘aupi‘o Crozier tells HONOLULU. The host of Kulāiwi (Homeland) on ‘Ōlelo TV teaches Hawaiian live on the program every Saturday morning and is sometimes even recognized by young viewers when out in public. Kanī‘aupi‘o Crozier has been teaching Hawaiian for more than 40 years and helped Duolingo develop its ‘ōlelo curriculum. The Kulāiwi lessons are still available online today through Kamehameha Schools’ website.


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Fast Fact: Capt. George Vancouver brought the first cattle to Hawai‘i in February 1793.


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