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,
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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

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