DVD, 57 Minutes
A writer, teacher, lawyer, politician, newspaper editor, and artist, Joseph Nāwahī was a Hawaiian patriot and Renaissance man. Born in Puna, Hawaii in 1842, he was an outstanding pupil at the Hilo Boarding School, Lahainaluna on Maui, and the Royal School in Honolulu. Elected to the legislature of the Kingdom in 1872, he represented Hilo for nine terms over the next 20 years.
A trusted advisor of Liliuokalani during the last months of the monarchy, Nāwahī played a leading role in Hawaiian nationalist politics. He and his wife, Emma, helped to found the Hui Aloha Aina political party as they worked tirelessly and selflessly to stop annexation, and to restore Hawaiis independence as a nation. His editorials and speeches are some of the most passionate and articulate expressions of faith in the Hawaiian people. Imprisoned for acts deemed treasonous to the government that had overthrown the monarchy in 1893, his time in jail seriously affected his health and he died in 1896.
In keeping with Nāwahīs own devotion to Hawaiian language and culture, this hour-long documentary program is being offered as a two-disc set. Disc one in its English version and disc two completely in the Hawaiian language.
The Biographical Research Center is a 501©3 non-profit organization incorporated in the Sate of Hawaii to support research, study, discussion and dissemination of information about life writing. The co-producers for the Biography Hawaii series are Joy Chong-Stannard (Director/Editor), Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl (Screenwriter), and Craig Howes (Series Scholar).