Another Nawahi painting! 1877.

[Found under: “Na Nu Hou Kuloko.”]

The artist Joseph Nawahi was commissioned to accompany the Editor of the Kuokoa to paint the Lava at the seaside of Keei, and to send it to the Bookstore of Whitney.

[With the two paintings mentioned in the previous post, this makes at least three on the subject of lava done by Nawahi in 1877: one in Hilo, one at the volcano, and the last at Keei. None of them are known today! Anyone have any ideas?]

(Kuokoa, 3/10/1877, p. 2)

Ua kauohaia ke kaha kii...

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XVI, Helu 10, Aoao 2. Maraki 10, 1877.

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Two paintings by Joseph Nawahi, 1877.

[Found under: “NA ANOAI.”]

When it was made known that Lava was erupting once again, along with it came the painting done by our good friend, the Hon. J. Nawahi; seen is the fiery red from Hilo, lighting up the walls of the heavens; and that painting can be seen in Whitney’s [bookstore] window. But this past Thursday, our famous seer artist did a painting of the fires of that woman of the pit, with the many Hiiaka aumakua igniting that fiery hot imu. Perhaps this is what some of our readers are saying; “the lava has reignited because of the aumakua;” that is ignorant. See this painting right outside of the printing office of the Pacific Commercial Advertiser [Kalepa].

[After that Antique Roadshow episode in 2007, nearly everyone knows about that painting of Hilo done by Joseph Nawahi now hanging up at Kamehameha Schools. I believe that these two however are not known today. Anyone have any ideas?]

(Lahui Hawaii, 2/22/1877, p. 3)

I ka wa i hoike ia mai ai...

Ka Lahui Hawaii, Buke III, Helu 8, Aoao 3. Feberuari 22, 1877.

A mele by Joseph Nawahi for his wife Emma Aima, 1936.

A HAWAIIAN MELE.

Some day later, we were asked at our Hoku publishing office, of the songs which were sung at the funeral of Mrs. Aima Nawahi on the last Sunday of this past year. The mele sung on that day were famous songs in “Leo Hoonani a me Hoku Ao Nani.”¹ They were not all shown and there were others, like “Mai Kuu Kaumaha Luuluu a Po,” and the young girls of Haili sang those songs with beautiful lyrics.

There were also hymns sung by some girls who were close to Aunty Aima, and they were sung with such sweetness. The mele sung by the Kaahumanu Society was this one. “Ma ko Iesu mau lima,” and some others as well.

The main reason that this question was asked, was because of the great admiration for the hymns composed by the devout in years gone by. There is someone writing down some old mele in a book to be distributed, and these hymns are wanted by this person writing down Hawaiian mele as something new for him. Another admired mele sung at the funeral of Mrs. Nawahi was that mele composed by Mr. Nawahi before their marriage. Here are the lines of that mele that are recalled partially, and recalled at that time.

Nana aku iluna
He star e alohi ana
Ua like me sweet rose
Me Fairy Puakoolau.

Hui
Aheahe mai ke kehau of the twilight
Pa mai ke ala onaona oia of my dear
Please wau e kiss i ke ala oia pua
And not Forgetting the sweet Lei Lehua

Hoi iho au e moe
Hiki ana o sweet rose
E naue ae kaua
I kuu home iuiu.

This is a mele that was sung all the time by the women of those days, and the lyrics are beautiful. There are many other lovely mele by Hawaiians that we remember, but when it is thought to sing it, we totally forget the words.

¹Leo Hoonani a me Hoku Ao Nani. Honolulu: Ka Papa Hawaii, 1902.

[This mele is printed earlier in Hoku o Hawaii on 1/3/1936 and the article itself is a reprint from 1/7/1936.]

(Hoku o Hawaii, 1/15/1936, p. 3)

HE MELE HAWAII

Ka Hoku o Hawaii, Buke XXVII, Helu 29, Aoao 3. Ianuari 15, 1936.

Joseph Nawahi, born on this day in 1842, was not only a patritot, but a beautiful singer to boot, 1875.

Relating to Kaumakapili Church.

In the announcement of the sweet-voiced Oo birds of Maemae, Mrs. Emma Dillingham [Ema Dilinahama] and Miss Nelly Judd [Nele Judd], those who love music (both English and Hawaiian) as well as those who love helping and donating to the troubled kingdom of the Lord in some way. There will be held a Grand Concert at Kaumakapili on the night of the 23rd of this month, for the difficulties of Kaumakapili Church. There are four chosen by the Leadership of Kaumakapili as a committee to prepare mele to excite the heart and to whet the appetite. Mr. Kiha, the leader of the Kaumakapili Choir is one of them, and the son of the Kanilehua rain, the sweet-voiced bird of Haili (Joseph Kahooluhi) is another, who will only be singing solos; those singing were chosen carefully from amongst the beautiful-voiced Oo birds of Kaupea. His songs will be mixed in amongst theirs, “So that the hala will be sectioned in with the lehua; wonderful is Hilo, Hilo Hanakahi.”

[We all know that Joseph Kahooluhi Nawahiokalaniopuu was one of the great patriots of all times, and we even know about his fine painting skills, but did you know that he composed mele and that he had a sweet singing voice? The newspapers are like treasure boxes filled with all sorts of pearls.]

(Lahui Hawaii, 12/16/1875, p. 2)

No ka Ekalesia o Kaumakapili.

Ka Lahui Hawaii, Buke I, Helu 51, Aoao 2. Dekemaba 16, 1875.