Awaiaulu, a non-profit organization, celebrated the transcription of 15,000 pages of Hawaiian language newspapers Tuesday with an event at 'Iolani Palace in Honolulu.
The effort known as the 'Ike Ku'oko'a Initiative attracted more than 6,500 volunteers from across the globe. The transcriptions can be viewed and searched at www.nupepa.org.
The goal of the project was for volunteer typists to spend countless hours transcribing 60,000 Hawaiian newspaper pages in eight months.
The project aims to make the pages searchable online.
Volunteers from Hawaii to Germany to France participated, including the Mississippi sister of a Hawaii resident and women incarcerated at a Kailua prison.
Organizer Puakea Nogelmeier says the remaining pages will be generated by computers and checked by humans for accuracy.