"Map of the Hawaiian Islands"
Published by Sheldon Dibble, 1843
Printed by Lahaina Printsellers, Ltd., 2016
Sheldon Dibble published this splendid reproduction of an early mapping of the Hawaiian Islands in his book, History of the Sandwich Islands, in 1843. Dibble taught history at the missionary seminary at Lahainaluna, Maui, Hawaii and used its press to issue the book.
Dibble taught history at the seminary, and he encouraged his students to return to their homes and collect oral history from their elders. He also assisted in the translation of the Holy Bible, and from 1832 to 1843, he translated more than a dozen volumes of scholarly and scriptural works for the benefit of Hawaiian readers.
This rare map was engraved and printed by Dibble's pupils from copper sheeting - possibly from a whaling ship - and is a testament to the focus, drive, and ingenuity of those early high school students.
The inset is a view of Lahaina, as seen from Lahainaluna.
We custom-print this facsimile map on waterproof canvas in our Lahaina studio using the finest archival inks, which are tested and guaranteed not to fade or shift under normal circumstances for over 100 years. Modern printing techniques allow us to improve and enhance the historical subject matter, even as we're careful to preserve and maintain its historical and artistic integrity.