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"At the request of the Board of Education, I have endeavored to write a simple and concise history of the Hawaiian people, which may be useful to the teachers and higher classes in our schools."
"As there is no text in existence that covers the whole ground, and as the earlier histories are entirely our of print, it has been deemed best to prepare not merely a school-book, but a history for the benefit of the general public."
"This volume has been written in the intervals of a laborious occupation, from the stand-point of a patriotic Hawaiian, for the young people of this country rather than for foreign readers. This fact will account for its local coloring, and for the prominence given to certain topics of local interest. Especial pains have been taken to supply the want of a correct account of the ancient civil polity and religion of the Hawaiian race."
"This history is not merely a compilation. It is based upon a careful study of the original authorities, the writer having had the use of the principal existing collections of Hawaiian manuscripts, and having examined the early archives of the government, as well as nearly all the existing materials in print. No pains have been spared to arrive at the truth."
W. D. Alexander
Honolulu - 1891
William DeWitt Alexander (1833-1913) Alexander was born in Honolulu April 2, 1833. His father was missionary William Patterson Alexander and mother Mary Ann (McKinney) Alexander. He graduated from Punahou School in 1849 and Yale in 1858. He returned to Hawaii and joined the faculty of Punahou School as a professor of Greek and history. He became the fourth president of Punahou (then called Oahu College) in the summer of 1864. On November 6, 1874 he was appointed to the Board of education of the Kingdom of Hawaii, and then in 1896 Commissioner of Public Instruction under the Republic of Hawaii. He is most known for his "A Brief History of the Hawaiian People," an extensive history used by the educational system of the Kingdom and later the Republic.
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