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English Synopsis: On May 25, 1895, the Hawaiian language newspaper Ke Aloha Aina published an article that determined to answer the question, "Aloha ʻĀina: What is It?" As the author Joseph Nāwahī writes, "Aloha ʻĀina is the magnetic pull in the heart of the patriot, which directs the victorious sovereign existence of the land of her birth." Furthermore, as the earth's magnetism directs the needle of a compass to point toward the North Pole, so too does Aloha ʻĀina tug at the hearts of the Lāhui, turning our attention to our own homeland. It is from this moʻolelo that our Institute takes its name - Ke Pānānā Aloha, The Compass of Aloha ʻĀina. All of its projects aim to normalize ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi in the general public, to train new Hawaiian writers of our age, to further research and understanding of the vast knowledge of Hawaiians, and to amplify the persistent tug of true Aloha ʻĀina.
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