Manakō Tanaka, an MA graduate in Hawaiian and the 2017-2018 Disney Ambassador for Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, established and coordinated a volunteer effort that allowed Cast Members (Employees) of the Walt Disney Company to type newspaper images. The original newspapers, issues of Ka Na’i Aupuni from 1906-1908 that had never been microfilmed or digitized.  Working from tiff files of those original newspapers that had been made into digital images with the permission of Kawaiahaʻo Church’s Board of Directors and OHA. The typescripting by Disney’s “VoluntEAR” team created searchable text for these pages, all of which was uploaded to www.papakilodatabase.com.

In addition to all of their efforts to type, edit, and upload the searchable text files for immediate use by the general public, Disney Cast Members pooled their volunteer hours through the “Ears to You” program to make a monetary donation to Awaiaulu to continue their efforts at expanding access to Hawaiian language newspapers.