The translator of mele who calls himself “Hawaii” is Lorenzo Lyons! 1866.

[Found under: “HUNAHUNA MEA HOU O HAWAII NEI.”]

Appreciation for Hawaii.—The song published on Page 4 of our paper today, is something truly that our hearts desire. This is the first time that we have seen a song that is exceptionally beautiful translated by Hawaii from English to our language. And being that we feel admiration in our hearts, we give a portion of thanks [??? ke haawi hapalua aku nei makou i ka mahalo] to Hawaii, that is to Lyons [Laiana]. And we believe that there will be many who will see it and like the mele, just as we do.

[I have been searching for the identity of this person Hawaii for many years. Finding the identity of pen names used in Hawaiian newspapers is always an exciting thing.]

(Kuokoa, 1/27/1866, p. 2)

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Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke V, Helu 4, Aoao 2. Ianuari 27, 1866.

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