Mele from the Paul Markham Kahn Collection

Mele from the Paul Markham Kahn Collection

Paul Markham Kahn (1935-1997), a professional actuary working in New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, was a private collector of historical books, manuscripts, engravings, maps, newspapers, and photographs relating to Hawaiʻi. Employing a methodical approach to collecting and a mantra of “always acquire the best possible copy,” Kahn was able to amass one of the finest private collections of historic Hawaiian printed material in the world. In 1990, the State of Hawaiʻi purchased the Kahn Collection for it’s Public Archives.

Musical selections from the Paul Markham Kahn collection is presented as PDFs in this online digital exhibition, which can be downloaded. A sample of the selections presented are:

Nā Mele mai ka ʻOhina a Paul Markham Kahn

ʻO Paul Markham Kahn (1935-1997) kekahi mea kālai pahiki ʻinikua i hana ma nā Kūlanakauhale o Nūioka, Los Angeles, a me Kapalakiko, a ua ʻohi pilikino ʻo ia i nā puke mōʻaukala, nā palapala, nā kiʻi kaha, nā palapala ʻāina, nā nūpepa, a me nā kiʻi paʻi e pili ana iā Hawaiʻi. Me kona noʻonoʻo nui i ohi ai a me ka mākia o “e loaʻa pau ʻole i ke kope ʻoi loa,” ua ʻohi ʻohina ʻo Kahn i kekahi ʻohina pilikino ʻoi kelakela o nā palapala mōʻaukala Hawaiʻi i ka honua. Ma 1990 i kūʻai mai ai ka Mokuʻāina ʻo Hawaiʻi i ka ʻOhina a Kahn no kona waihona palapala kahiko kaiāulu.

Nā Koho Mele mai ka ʻOhina a Paul Markham Kahn i hōʻike ʻia ma ke ano he mau PDF ma loko o kēia hōʻikeʻike paʻeʻe no ka hoʻoili ʻana. Eia kekahi o nā koho i hōʻike ʻia:

Mele from the Paul Markham Kahn Collection
Ref No. Item Description
KAHN 15/1 Thomas. Souvenir. Aloha Oe March
KAHN 15/2 Mele Hawaii: Pili Aoao
KAHN 15/3 Kalakaua March
KAHN 15/7 Aloha Collection of Hawaiian Songs
KAHN 15/10 Hymn of Kamehameha I*
KAHN 15/13 A Collection of Sheet Music, comprising 11 songs composed or arranged by the Queen, including Aloha Oe, Hooheno, The Queen’s Jubilee, and others.
KAHN 15/19 Collection of Hawaiian sheet music composed by Henry Berger

See also other Archives Month 2020 Exhibitions:
      Hawaiian Music Online Photograph Exhibition
      [Ref No. M182] Selections from John Henry Wilson Manuscript Collection
      [Ref No. M11] Henri Berger Manuscript Collection
      [Ref Nos. M93, M397, & M434] Music from Queen Lili‘uokalani Manuscript Collections

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