During the nineteenth-century, Hawaiʻi became one of the most literate nations in the world, if not the most literate nation in the world, because literacy and learning was strongly encouraged and supported by the aliʻi (ruling chiefs) of the time. Another key factor for Hawaiʻi’s high literacy rate was the Hawaiian language newspapers, which allowed for the entire population of Hawaiʻi to have access to literacy and common knowledge. The information captured within the newspapers gives us a century’s-worth of cultural knowledge and history. And most importantly, we receive this information from a Hawaiian worldview, published for posterity in Hawaiian. In 1826, within six years of the arrival of the missionaries, the Hawaiian language had been standardized into a written alphabet and the missionaries eagerly sought out people to teach to read. The missionaries here at that time enjoyed strong support from Hawaiʻi’s aliʻi. This again being one of the main reasons why Hawaiʻi became one of the world’s most literate nations in such a short time. The importance of literacy and knowledge is publicly evidenced when in 1825, five years after the arrival of the missionaries, and one year into his reign as King, Kamehameha III proclaimed: “He aupuni palapala ko'u; o ke kanaka pono 'oia ko'u kanaka” (Mine is the kingdom of education; the righteous man is my man). Kamehameha III, like his Kuhina nui, Kaʻahumanu, encouraged his people to learn how to read and even passed new laws that would motivate his people to educate themselves through literacy. Under Kamehameha III, Hawaii created a public education school system. This happened decades before Great Britain, France, and most of the United States.