Punishment by God? 1893.


We received this letter below, and we were filled with pity for this tragedy encountered by our fellow man, and this is that letter:

“Hana, June 16, 1893.

“Aloha to you, O Fearless Holomua;

“Here is some news from here in the country.

“On the 31st of May, the home of J. K. Iosepa was consumed by fire; destroyed were the belongings inside of the house, the furnishings, the bed and other things, and the walls were burned, but the house remained standing as if it is made ready.

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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 neiĀ  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.