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.

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

  1. Aloha Nupepa, mahalo for the interesting article! I am doing research on William Abraham Kiha—youʻve tagged him in this post. Is there other information that shows clearly that this is the “Kiha” referred to in the article as the choir leader? I know he was a deacon at the church but wondering if there is any certainty. mahalo

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