Things that just make you go hmmmm… 1924.


Seen in this picture is Brother John Nash, who is regular to Honolulu’s people; he is a haole who walks around without shoes and is a haole preacher who uses street corners as places to preach in front of the people. And Mrs. Mary Keliiaukaiokaahumanu Robins who convinced this haole to wear shoes on his feet as well as clothes like other men.

As for the story of this haole preacher, he took this calling when he was serving in the military; because he was considered crazy, he was confined to an asylum, but was released soon after.

He married his wife and they had three children: one of them is currently in the service, and the other two are getting their schooling.

When he arrived in Honolulu, there were many who pushed him to wear clothing and shoes, but he did not agree in the least, and so too went the pleas of the Americans; it was only to Mrs. Mary K. Robins that he acquiesced and he now wears clothes.

According to Mrs. Robins, she met Brother John Nash in Kawaiahao Church, and she urged him to go with her to her home in the lighthouse of the harbor there. It was there that this haole told his story, and Mrs. Robins likewise told hers; and after much arguing with this preacher, he was baffled [kahaha?], and while they were talking, he agreed to discard his old ways and to don clothing like other people.

Mrs. Robins is the founder of the Association called Na’i Aupuni, an association for Hawaiians, and that haole assists her in that endeavor.

[Anybody know more about this organization called Ahahui Na’i Aupuni?]

(Kuokoa, 12/11/1924, p. 2)


Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LXIII, Helu 50, Aoao 2. Dekemaba 11, 1924.

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