Discovering O Ka Hae Katolika


On the rare occasion of having 'free time' I enjoy reading and translating old Hawaiian kingdom newspapers. Up until the fairly recent digitization of thousands of pages of Hawaiian newspapers, the historiography of Hawaii had been relegated to just a handful of English sources. The translation of these newspapers over the last several decades has revealed a multitude of 'voices', written in the Hawaiian language, which share a very different view of what many of us locals understand as our history. It is always exciting to step into the past to learn how our ancestors thought and how they viewed the developing world around them.


On one such occasion I stumbled upon a Hawaiian Catholic publication from the late 1860s called O Ka Hae Katolika (The Catholic Standard) It was published from 1868 - 1871 by the Pai-palapala Katolika (Catholic Printing Press) This was during the historical period in which Bishop Louis D. Maigret, the Vicar Apostolic of Sandwich Islands at the time, was working hard to evangelize the kanaka maoli (native Hawaiians) and other Hawaiian subjects in the decades following Kauikeaouli Kamehameha IIIʻs edict of religious toleration. This was also the historical period in which the 'Ahahui Hoopuka Nūpepa Kūikawā o Honolulu', a group of independent newspapers founded by native Hawaiians, was actively working to give a uniquely Hawaiian voice to political groups and faith communities. The O Ka Hae Katolika clearly expressed that native Hawaiian Catholics were very proud of being Catholic and were also very proud of being Hawaiian. This newspaper gave them the opportunity to share Catholic news, stories, and insights from a uniquely Hawaiian cosmology as opposed to only reading Catholic news published by foreign presses.


Each issue of the O Ka Hae Katolika is filled with news from the Catholic church around the globe, commentaries on Scripture and church teaching,  stories of the saints, local happenings of the Church here in Hawaii,  stories of beloved local priests, and even letters from Bishop Maigret. In addition, and of very unique interest, some of the issues published mele (songs) and oli (chants) written in honor of some of the beloved priests that brought the Catholic Faith to Hawaii and lived their lives in service to those entrusted to their care.


The tagline to the O Ka Hae Katolika is "A paio aku oe ie ka paio maikai o ka manaoio" which means to "Fight the good fight of faith" – a bold call to mission as relevant today as it was one hundred-fifty years ago.

Ka uhi hou

Here is a video clip from the uhi (traditional Hawaiian tattoo) I received from Kawika Au. There is a lot of familial and experiential symbolism in the uhi. I will explain the symbolism one day. There are many layers to it. For now I just wanted to share the video

Island Wisdom & The Eternal Truth of Christ

 


I was honored to be able to write an article for the Catechetical Review at Franciscan University on my experience growing up as a Hawaiian Catholic and the great lessons I learned from my culture that helped me embrace my Catholic Faith

KofC - Faith Lecture Series Acrhive

 For 2021 and 2022 the Hawaii KofC decided to embark on a lecture series on Catholic Apologetics. In Holy Scripture we are called to "always be prepared to make a defense to any one who calls you to account for the hope that is in you" The word ʻdefenseʻ in that passage comes from the Greek ʻapologiaʻ. This is where we get the concept of biblical apologetics.  In our world today we as Catholics are often challenged on the tenets of our Faith. Whether it be our belief in the Real Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist, our belief in Purgatory, our practice of the veneration of the saints, or our clear and uncompromising positions on issues like abortion, euthanasia, same-sex marriage, etc it is essential to understand why we ,as Catholics, hold these beliefs and also the best ways to explain our Catholic beliefs to those that ask us "to account for the hope that is in you" Click on the picture above to be brought the the Hawaii KofC Archive of all the Faith Lecture Series events.

Father Christopher Keahi, ss.cc.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr. Chris Keahi, ss.cc. He passed away early this morning. Fr. Keahi provided for the pastoral needs of many in EPIC Ministry and his parishes over the years. He also lovingly served the TLM community at Blessed Sacrament.

On a personal note he was hugely influential in the lives of my children. My boys grew to love altar serving because of his encouragement. He will be missed my family and by a large number of folks in our diocese.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. ... May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.



Temporal Punishment, Indulgences, & All Souls

Indulgences are one of the most misunderstood and unappreciated parts of our Catholic Tradition. In this lesson I discuss temporal punishment due to sin, Indulgences, and the grant given Catholics by the Vatican this year, 2020, to gain indulgences for the faithful departed during the month of November. If you would like a simple guide on how to gain indulgences, please see THIS SHORT ARTICLE I wrote several years ago on the topic

Ka Lu’au Ku (Lu'au Stew)

 Ua kuke au i ka lū’au kū me nā lau mai ke kīhapai. Ono loa!

Working Towards Food Self Sustainability

Our Aquaponic system at home is progressing well. Got okra, green onion, tomato, lettuce, kalo, spinach, bitter melon, and bok choy growing right now. I want to try watercress next. Mahalo e Ke Akua!

The Process of Beatification & Canonization: Anticipating Blessed Father Mcgivney

As part of the State of Hawaii Faith Program for the Knights of Columbus for 2020 - 2021 we have launched a Faith Lecture Series. The topic for the first session held on Tuesday 9/15/2020 was the Process of Beatification and Canonization: Anticipating Blessed Father Mcgivney. Here is the recording of the lecture

Interview on AOC, Father Damien, and Queen Lili'uokalani (The Jason Jones Show)

In the wake of the backlash that AOC received for her comments about St. Damien of Molokai, I joined the Jason Jones Show to discuss the legacy of Father Damien and how much the Hawaiian people loved him. Please consider subscribing to the Jason Jones Show. He is a great Catholic man that has committed his life to serving the vulnerable and fighting for those that have no one to fight for them

Click Here for the Interview