Fragments of Hawaiian History is a compilation of writings by John Papa 'I'i selected from articles he wrote for the Hawaiian language newspaper Ka Nupepa Kuokoa between 1866 and 1870. 'I'i wrote with authority on a broad range of historical and cultural subjects as well as on matters of the greatest concern to Hawaiians of his day. He presents personal experiences as well as an abundance of details about events and customs. His writings are a unique and invaluable record, describing life under the Kamehamehas with the authority of a firsthand witness and revealing the pattern of Hawaiian culture as it actually happened.
|Publisher:||Bishop Museum Press|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||6 MB|
About the Author
Born in 1800, John Papa 'I'i was raised under the traditional kapu system and trained from earliest childhood for a life of service to the high chiefs. At the age of 10, he became companion and personal attendant to Liholiho (later Kamehameha II), continued to serve the rulers of Hawai'i after Liholiho's death, and was in constant contact with the political, religious, and social concerns of the court throughout his life. He was among the first Hawaiians to study reading and writing with the missionaries, and although he adopted Christian teachings, 'I'i retained a profound love and respect for the culture of his ancestors.