Lava Drawings by Nawahi and John L. Reese, 1881.

[Found under: “KELA ME KEIA.”]

There are two Lava drawings in the window of Whitney and Robinson, drawn by Hon. Joseph Nawahi, at Hilo, and the other was drawn here in Honolulu by the caricaturist, J. L. Reese (Keoni Liki). It is said that these are very beautiful; and we hope these experts will continue with this work.

(Elele Poakolu, 7/13/1881, p. 1)

Ka Elele Poakolu, Buke II, Helu 19, Aoao 1. Iulai 13, 1881.

How many paintings did Nawahi actually do?

[Found under: “KELA ME KEIA.”]

In the window of the book store of Whitney and Robinson, there are a number of beautiful paintings drawn and painted by Hon. Joseph Nawahi of the lava that is frightening Hilo.

(Elele Poakolu, 7/6/1881, p. 1)

Ka Elele Poakolu, Buke II, Helu 18, Aoao 1. Iulai 6, 1881.

Hawaiian Artist, 1873.

[Found under: “NU HOU KULOKO.”]

Hawaiian Artist.—Our famous artist of the Kanilehua rain sent a superb picture of a day of surfing in Hilo before the King [Lunalilo] while he was there. A gentleman who saw the painting remarked that it was indeed how the day of surfing was. Praise for our Hawaiian artist. If there was a copper plate engraver here, we would be able to print it in the newspaper.

[This must be talking about Joseph Nawahi. Does anyone know of this painting of surfing in Hilo?!]

(Kuokoa, 3/22/1873, p. 2)

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XII, Helu 12, Aoao 2. Maraki 22, 1873.

More on estate sale of Emma Aima Nawahi, 1936.

Valued Relics Of Hawaiian Royalty Offered At Auction

Days of old Hawaii were brought to life yesterday morning when historical pieces of rare Hawaiian furniture, clothing, jewelry and ornaments belonging to the late Joseph K. Nawahi and the late Mrs. Emma A. Nawahi of Hilo were displayed and sold at auction at 1633 Nuuanu street. Valuable koa furniture, ancient leis made of feathers of extinct Island birds, tapas belonging to royalty and exquisite inlaid koa calabashes and cabinet articles were among the numerous varieties under the hammer. Continue reading

Another wedding announcement for Joseph Nawahi and Emma Aima Aii, 1881.

[Found under: “KELA A ME KEIA.”]

As One.—In the peaceful town of the Kanilehua Rain of Hilo, on the pleasant night of Thursday, the 17th past, bound and joined together as one in the holy covenant of marriage, by Father Rev. T. Coan, were the Hon. Joseph Nawahi and Miss Emma A. Aii, two buds of that verdure are they. We received the kind invitation to rejoice together at the occasion, but due to unforeseen circumstances, we could not fulfill that wish. Continue reading

On this birthday of Joseph Nawahi, a reminder that we need to rescan the newspapers! 1896.


I aloha ia oe a e Homelani,
O ka Home lei pua lei a ka manu,
Sweet onaona o Hanakahi,
E wehi nei la i Waiakea,
Pulupe i ka Ua Kanilehua,
A Panaewa la e hii mai nei,
Kilakila Hilo one la i ka nani,
Aina kaulana i ka hanohano,
Hanohano Haili i ka pua Lehua,
O ka pua hoohie lei a ka manu,
O ka papahi lei ia o ka aina,
Lei oe lei au i ke onaona,
Ua nani Hawaii ku hanohano,
Helu ekahi o na Ailana, Continue reading

Joseph Nawahi’s account of his first trip to San Francisco, 1874.

Travels to San Francisco.

Early Desire to see Foreign Lands.


(Written by the Hon. J. Nawahi for the Kuokoa.)

O Kuokoa Newspaper, Aloha oe:—

I give my thanks to you for your kindness in taking my presentation of the things I saw during my travels to San Francisco. But before I begin to tell of the story of this trip, I ask for your kind graciousness in letting me tell of my reason for going to this place, for perhaps some people are mistaken or unclear, according to what I have heard, like what some who seek to deceive have published in a Newspaper while I was in foreign lands. Continue reading