When the missionaries arrived in Hawaii in 1820 to spread the word of God, they found the Hawaiians had no written language. They quickly rectified the situation by converting the Hawaiian sounds into a written language. Creating reading material took a bit longer. In 1831, they also founded the Lahainaluna Seminary, the oldest American school west of the Rockies, and 3 years later installed a printing press for educational materials that would assist them on their mission. The missionaries also taught students how to set type, bind books, and literally print money. In 1834, the press printed the first newspaper west of the Rockies, the Hawaiian-language weekly Ka Lama Hawaii. Today, Lahainaluna is the public high school for the children of West Maui, and the two-room timber and coral mortar building built for the press in 1837 is Hale Pai, a printing museum and archive that includes a book of Hawaiian myths printed in 1838 and a sample of the Hawaiian Kingdom’s paper currency.