Group to give update on Hawaiian papers project

Awaiaulu, an educational organization that is converting 116 years of Hawaiian language newspapers to digital and searchable online files, will present its progress from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Maui Tropical Plantation.

Puakea Nogelmeier, a language professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and executive director of the organization, will update the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce on the project during the dinner portion of the event.

Thousands of volunteers from around the world, including hundreds from Maui, gathered thousands of Hawaiian language newspapers and typed their content into Microsoft Word documents. The 60,000-page database, which will be uploaded to public databases, provides historical information from the newspapers that cover more than 100 years of news from 1834 to 1948.

The collection of files and literature is the largest for any native language in the Western world.

To RSVP for the meeting, call Kai Pelayo at 874-2426 by Saturday. Dinner is $20.

For more information, call Katherine Smith at 268-0787.