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Japanese Newspaper Project
Featured Translation: Kona Echo, March 25, 1909
In February, 2019, Kona Historical Society welcomed Kaoru “Kay” Ueda, the Curator of the Japanese Diaspora Collection in the Hoover Institution Library & Archives at Stanford University to begin work on a project that will digitize Japanese language and multilingual newspapers in Kona Historical Society’s collections and make these items more accessible to the public.
This project is a collaborative effort between Kona Historical Society and The Hoji Shinbun Collection at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, currently the world’s largest online archive of open-access, full‑image Japanese American and other overseas Japanese newspapers. This collection today contains over eighty newspapers titles published in Hawaii and the Americas. Most publications present a mix of content in Japanese and English, with formats and the proportionality of Japanese/English often changing as a reflection of shifting business and social circumstances. More of Kona Historical Society’s contribution will soon be shared via the Society’s website. Stay tuned for updates!
One of the newspapers from KHS’ collection that Kay will digitize and include in the online Hoji Shinbun Collection is an issue of Kona Echo from March 25, 1909. The Kona Echo, published semiweekly by Dr. Harvey Saburō Hayashi in 1897, was the second-oldest Japanese-language newspaper in Hawaii. Dr. Hayashi almost single-handedly published the Kona Echo, with the help of his family, while still practicing medicine. Before Dr. Hayashi began printing the Kona Echo using a typeset printer, each copy was printed by hand. On page 5 of this issue, the advertisements of one particular business caught our attention. The English translation of the advertisement reads:
Japanese and American foods and sundries
Distributor of Kona coffee
Kona Holualoa at the end of Kailua Street