Honolulu (HawaiiNewsNow) - Imagine you've just discovered a hidden chapter in Hawaii's history. A chapter that may have been lost, if you hadn't found it. Now, imagine discovering that your grandfather was a part of that history. That was the case for Noelle Kahanu, who shares her story with us this morning.
"It was a secret mission. So even the boys didn't know why they were going," said Kahanu.
"He mea huna nô ia. ʻO nâ kâne ʻôpio pû kai maopopo ʻole no ke kumu o ka hele."
Noelle Kahanu was up in the Bishop Museum archives eight years ago when she was asked about her relation to George Kahanu.
Ma kahi o ka ʻewalu makahiki aku nei, ua niele aku kahi limahana mâlama a noiʻi o ka hale hôʻikeʻike no ko Noelle Kahanu kamaʻâina iâ George Kahanu.
"She said we had a logbook that he had written when he was a colonist on Jarvis Island," said Noelle Kahanu, Project Manager, Bishop Museum.
Ua loaʻa kçia puke moʻomanaʻo nâna iâ ia ma Jarvis mokupuni.
George Kahanu was Noelle's grandfather. She eagerly sifted through the logbook for answers.
ʻO George Kahanu ko Noelle kupunakâne nô hoʻi a ua luʻu koke ʻo Noelle i ka kâlailai i ia puke no nâ ʻano manaʻo like ʻole.
"In those seven years, there are over 130 young men that spent time on these islands – the majority of whom were Hawaiian," said Kahanu.
Ma ia mau makahiki he ʻehiku, ma ʻô aku o ka 130 kâne ʻôpio i noho ma laila. He Hawaiʻi ka nui.
With her research in hand, Noelle flew to Maui to ask her grandfather about this secret mission.
Ma ka lako a paʻa o ia ʻikepili noiʻi iâ ia, ua lele koke a pîhoihoi aku ʻo Noelle i Maui no ka walaʻau me kona kupunakâne no kçia hana.
"He came out with this old manila envelope. And there were these yellow old pictures, real small of him on the island, and then also when they went to go on board the ship," said Kahanu.
Ua paʻa iâ ia kçia wahî me nâ kiʻi kahiko i loko. He kiʻi liʻiliʻi ona ma ka mokupuni a ma ka moku kekahi.
"It's so important for us to remember the history, to enable grandkids, and nieces, and nephews, to come and look at these photos and say that's my relative," said kahanu.
Mea nui ka hoʻomanaʻo ʻia o kçia moʻolelo, i mea e ʻike ai nâ hanauna hou no kçia mau mea pili i nâ kûpuna.
Original Airdate 1/29/2010
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