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Joseph Nawahi: A Hawaiian Patriot and Renaissance Man 11/1/09

October 28, 2009, 2:09 PM HST · Updated October 28, 2:17 PM
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Image Courtesy: Maui Arts and Cultural Center.

Image Courtesy: Maui Arts and Cultural Center.

Though little is known today, Joseph Nawahi was a Hawaiian patriot and Renaissance man.  A teacher, surveyor, lawyer, cabinet minister, newspaper editor, and artist, he was born in Puna, Hawaii on January 13, 1842.

Joseph Nawahi is an important figure for understanding Hawaiian history and Hawaiian sovereignty.  While a political prisoner, the harsh conditions of jail seriously affected his health, and he died in 1896.

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Dr. Puakea Nogelmeier, Associate Professor of Hawaiian Language, notes that Nawahi is admired for several reasons.  “He’s handsome, he’s intelligent, he’s well-spoken, he’s well educated,” but above all, “His personal ethics were unimpeachable.”

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Join Writer, Victoria Kneubuhl and actor Dr. Kalena Silva who will be on hand for the Sunday, November 1, 2009 showing of, “Biography Hawaii: Joseph Nawahi” at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, McCoy Studio Theater at 3 p.m. Both will be on hand to discuss the film.  This event is free and open to the public.

(Posted by Wendy Osher; Image courtesy Maui Arts & Cultural Center)

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