Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives (Mission Houses) collaborated with Awaiaulu Foundation to digitize, transcribe, translate and annotate over 200-letters written by 33-Chiefs. In this letter, sent in late-July 1822, Kaʻahumanu writes to Kamehamalu (Kamāmalu – primary wife of Liholiho, Kamehameha II) to introduce Kaumualiʻi as her new husband, encourage more letter writing and send a gift of goby fish.
In part, it notes, “there you are among the longnecks (referring to the missionary women and their dresses), so send letters here. There are many people, but few letters. I want [you] to send eight hundred Hawaiian letters. We want literacy, it may make us wise. Give our affection to Mr. and Mrs. Bingham and all the longnecks.”