True Hawaiian? 1893.

True Hawaiian.

There are many voices ringing out here and there in this Town. “Hawaii for Hawaiians.” We wish to discuss the topic above. What in the world are the signs that distinguish a true Hawaiian? This is our answer. It is a person who acts and speaks at all times in truth. He has no falsehood within him. What he says, he follows through on, and does not speak to mislead his fellow man.

One of the great misfortune which fell upon our Lahui these past years, and creeps on to the present, is the rampant promulgation of lies amongst the people. People tell falsehoods amongst themselves, and it is almost to the point where people have lost faith their fellow man. It is as if lying is the norm with some people, and telling the truth is something terribly odd. This telling of falsehoods is often seen among people to his fellow man, and some newspapers are spreading things that are not true; and a part of the lahui believes this misleading of the minds of the lahui. And still some people were taken by it, and their hopes dashed.

Amongst the prominent people, amongst the rich and the poor. Amongst the bosses and the laborers, amongst the parents and the children, the instructors and students, some pastors and church members. Falsehood is the most vile enemy of righteous living amongst people.

Falsehood is the spawn of night, and it only works in darkness, and misfortune is its outcome. During some ages, nations have fallen to Falsehood. Friends have been torn apart, the land grew tumultuous, and good homes became retched, all because of this one reason. Therefore, the True Hawaiian does not act in such a manner, he only acts truthfully, and he does not seek to cause harm his own beloved lahui. It is not skin color, that means nothing to us; those haole born in Hawaii nei  and elsewhere who prosper while moving well-being and our land forward, he is a True Hawaiian.

[Notice that this editorial came out soon after the overthrow, and was in response to the many articles anticipating the return of the crown.

There were many types of Hawaiian-Language Newspaper owners and editors as well, and it is important to understand the slant of a paper when reading its articles. It is important also to remember that a newspaper might not always have the same goals and objectives throughout its existence, especially if its leadership changes. J. U. Kawainui was editor and J. K. Iosepa was assistant editor of the Daily Kuokoa when this article appeared.

This is one of those papers that are not available online yet (images or text). Also, they are not available at the usual places on microfilm. Hopefully they will be made available soon!]

(Nupepa Puka La Kuokoa me Ko Hawaii Paeaina i Huiia, 3/9/1893, p. 2)


Nupepa Puka La Kuokoa me Ko Hawaii Paeaina i Huiia, Buke I, Helu 28, Aoao 2. Maraki 9, 1893.

3 thoughts on “True Hawaiian? 1893.

  1. Mahalo nui for this interesting piece. Another bit of context is that while it was not an “evangelical” paper, this paper was begun as an effort by some, including the leadership of the Ahahui Eaunelio o Hawaii AEH (Hawaiian Evangelical Association) to address Native Hawaiian Christians with pro-annexation rhetoric. Revs. Hyde and O. P. Emerson write about it in the days after the 17 January overthrow. John Kekahuna Iosepa was removed from his pulpit by the congregation at Wananalua Congregational Church in Hana, Maui for his pro-annexation stance.

  2. Mahalo for your added information! That there were indeed some Hawaiians who favored annexation should not be overlooked. I do think however that they in their own way were doing what they truly believed was best of the lahui…

    I wonder if and know that this paper has been recently digitized, and is just sitting neglected, waiting to be uploaded for everyone to see? It isn’t even available on microfilm!

    • Agreed. And yes, it should be uploaded! It is an incredibly interesting voice. Until that happens though, it is available on microfilm at the Hawaiian Historical Society. Iʻve accessed it there.

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