Hawaiian Mission Houses Museum's Printing Press - Mid-Pacific Institute

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Hawaiian Mission Houses Museum's Printing Press

Posted on October 22, 2015

by Heather Calabro on October 22, 2015

The 11th and 12th grade students of the 2015-2016 Historical Preservation course at Mid-Pacific Institute used a Faro laser scanner to digitally preserve a 1966 replica of the first printing press in Hawai'i (the original was destroyed). The printing press at the Hawaiian Mission Houses Museum, was identified by the students in the class as culturally significant and in need of historical preservation because it was used to put the Hawaiian language in print for the first time ever, in January of 1822, by Chief Ke'eaumoku. The printing press' Hawaiian language materials included spelling books that greatly increased literacy amongst the Hawaiian people.

Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives. Hawaiian Mission Houses, n.d. Web. 05 Nov. 2015. <http://www.missionhouses.org/>.