Early story from Joseph Nawahi, 1861.

An amazing thief!

In a certain town there lived three blind men, and they were seen often by the people of the place. What they did was walk the streets asking for money, food, and other things they needed for their livelihood there. Doing so, they received a lot of money from help given them by the wealthy and due to the aloha from others. They took the money they made everyday and put it in a strong box, and when they left the money, they left the bags as well. One day, they went and came back with bags full of money; the amazing thief saw all that money of the blind men, that there was so much, and he followed them thinking that he would steal it, because he thought they were blind and would not see him steal it, so he approached the blind men when they were entering their house, and when they got to the door, one of the blind men unlocked the door and it opened, and they went in without seeing him, and they immediately locked the door. The blind men opened the money box to count, for they always counted what they had made previously and what they made anew. Continue reading

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A mele for patriot, Nawahiokalaniopuu, 1893.

HE LEI NO NAWAHI.

He lei keia no Nawahi
Nelekona oe o ka Pakipika
Ka uila anapa ma ka Hikina
Malamalama ai Hawaii Loa
Hoike ana hoi me ka noeau
I ka lama ku no Hawaii nei
Huai pau ke aloha Aina
E imi ana hoi me ka noeau
Hoike ana hoi me ka hopo ole
Na hana uahoa a ka lokoino
Pahola ke aloha o Nawahi
Kaukau mai ana i ka Lahui
E noho kakou me ka hoomalu
Malama kakou i ka maluhia Continue reading

More on paintings of Joseph Nawahi, 1888.

A TALENTED PAINTER.

We went in person to see the just completed paintings of Joseph Nawahi, Esq. of Hilo; a painting of the crater of Kilauea and Waikiki seen from Leahi; we have but one word to say,—he is a Hawaiian well versed at painting self taught to a very high level. It is something that baffles the malihini, that Mr. Nawahi possesses this amazing talent like that of the haole who were actually schooled in this field of knowledge. His paintings are being shown at the bookstore of A. M. Hewett [Huita] where malihini have words of praise for this Hawaiian skilled at handling his paintbrush deftly utilizing all the colors of ink. Way-up.

(Kuokoa, 12/8/1888, p. 2)

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Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XXVII, Helu 49, Aoao 2. Dekemaba 8, 1888.

Acrostic Mele for the Home of Emma and Joseph Nawahi, Homelani, 1894.

HOME LANI.

N—ani wale ka luna a i Homelani
A—ia i ka lai a o Hilo One
W—ehiwehi ka opua i ka’u ike
A—ia i ke ao malamalama
H—anohano Hawaii i ka’u ike
I—ke ku kamahao ma ka Hikina
O—ka lehua makanoe o Luluupali
K—ahiko mau ia o ka aina
A—ia i ka luna o Waiau
L—ilinoe ka wahine a oia uka
A—ia i ka piko olu o Wakea
N—oho mai o Malama i ka uluwehi
I—iwi e ka manu kiko waipua
O—ka Mamo iho la hulu melemele
P—au na mea nui i ka ike ia
U—a au ia hoi e ke kai loa
U—a like a like me Nelekona
A—iwaiwa a o Hawaii nei
I—anei ke aloha kakia iwi
M—akia paa ia i ka puuwai
A—eo mai oe i kou inoa
O Kalaniopuu i ka uluwehi.

Hakuia e Puuwaialoha.

[E o, e Hilo i ka ua Kanilehua! Does anyone know who Puuwaialoha is? This person was a composer of many a mele.]

(Leo o ka Lahui, 12/18/1894, p. 3)

HOME LANI.

Ka Leo o ka Lahui, Buke II, Helu 1080, Aoao 3. Dekemaba 18, 1894.