Kona Hankyō

Kona Hankyō / コナ反響 [The Kona Echo], (Holualoa, Kona, HI)

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The Kona Echo, published semiweekly by Dr. Harvey Saburō Hayashi in 1897, was the second-oldest Japanese-language newspaper in Hawaii. Avid writer Hayashi almost single-handedly published the Kona Echo, with the help of his family, while still practicing medicine. The newspaper was intended to inform and educate the Japanese community in Kona, reflecting Hayashi’s strict, often uncompromising, personality. The Kona Echo stopped publishing the Japanese section in 1940 owing to Hayashi’s poor health, leaving only the English section, which was written by his children. The paper published its last issue in 1941.

『コナ反響』は医師ハーヴィー・林三郎により1897年に創刊され、ハワイの日本人コミュニティー向けのふたつ目の邦字新聞となった 。週2回の発行だった。林は記事執筆へ強い情熱をささげ、医者として働きながら、家族の手伝いもあって『コナ反響』をほぼ独自で発行した。林の厳格で他に屈しない性格を反映し、同紙はコナの日本人、日系人に対する情報源であるとともに教育的な要素も有した。林の病のため日本語欄は1940年に終了、林の子供が英語欄のみを継続したが、1941年には廃刊になった。

Nakano, Jiro. 1990. Kona Echo: A Biography of Dr. Harvey Saburo Hayashi. Kona, Hawaii: Kona Historical Society.

Sakamaki, Shunzo. 1928. “A History of the Japanese Press in Hawaii.” MA thesis, History and Political Science, University of Hawai’i.

“Kona Echo to Quit Japanese Section.“ Nippu Jiji (Honolulu, HI), June 20, 1940. Accessed June 13, 2017. https://hojishinbun.hoover.org/en/newspapers/tnj19400620-01.1.11

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