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 its Public Archives.

New for Archives Month 2021
In the theme of Songful Voices of the Ancestors for Archives Month 2021, these three items from the collection that feature mele were selected to be digitized and added online for access. Links are added below and highlighted here for Archives Month.

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.

Mea Hou no ka Malama Akewika 2021
Ma ke poʻomanaʻo o Ka Leo Nahenahe a ka Poʻe Kūpuna no ka Malama Akewika 2021, ʻo kēia mau mea a ʻekolu he mau mele, no loko mai o ka ʻohina, i koho a hoʻouila ʻia no ka nānā ʻana aku ma ka pūnaewele. Ma lalo nei nā loulou a kuhikuhi ʻia no ka Malama Akewika.

Mele from the Paul Markham Kahn Collection
Ref No. Item Description
KAHN 9/161 ** Coronation Hula Program, 1883
KAHN 9/174 ** La Hanau o ka Moi [1886]
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
KAHN 34/66 ** He Buke Mele Likelike [1881]

See also other Archives Month Exhibitions/E nānā i nā Hōʻikeʻike Malama Akewika ʻē aʻe:
      Released for Archives Month 2020/Hoʻopuka ʻia no ka Malama Akewika 2020
      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

      Released for Archives Month 2021/Hoʻopuka ʻia no ka Malama Akewika 2021
      Selections from the Theodore Kelsey Manuscript Collection

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