Joseph Nāwahī

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Today—01 October—in Hawaiian History [1896]: The Lāhainā branch of the patriotic political association Hui Aloha ʻĀina drafts a letter of condolences to Mrs. Emma ʻAʻima Nāwahī expressing their overwhelming sorrow that this great patriot of the Hawaiian nation had died. Letters like this poured in from districts throughout the Islands:

Iosepa Nawahi was arrested by the Republic of Hawaiʻi in December 1894 after a search warrant was served on his Kapālama home looking for "sundry arms and ammunition." Although nothing was found, he was arrested for treason and bail was set at 10,000 dollars. He spent nearly three months in jail until being bailed out and it is believed that this is where he caught the tuberculosis that would later take his life.

[To Mrs. Emma Aima Nawahi and the children deprived of a father]

"Ia Mrs. Emma Aima Nawahi a me na keiki i hoonele ia i ka makua kane ole—walohia wale,

Oiai, ua hiki mai ka lono kaumaha io makou nei ua oluolu i ka Makua Mana Loa ka lawe ana aku i ka hanu makamae o kau kane i aloha nui ia, o ia o Mr. Iosepa Nawahi, ma loko o ke kulanakauhale o Kapalakiko, Kaleponi, ma ka auinala Poakaki, hola 2:35 p.m. Kepakemapa 14, 1896, a

Oiai, o kau kane i aloha nui ia, he makua, he alakai, he kalaiaina noeau, he kanaka i hilinai ia a i paulele nui ia e makou, a he Pelekikena Nui hoi na ka Hui Aloha Aina o ka Paeaina Hawaii nei, a

Oiai, o kona haalele ana mai ia oe, i ka hoa pili ka wahine, a me ka olua mau keiki i hoonele ia i ka makua ole e auamo i na haawina kaumaha, ka manao luuluu, ka ehaeha o ka naau, e ue paiauma aku ma keia aoao, no laila—

Hooholo ia: O makou, o na lala a pau o na Hui Aloha Aina o ka Apana o Lahaina, Mokupuni o Maui, ma o ko makou mau komike la, ke komo pu aku nei me oukou ma kau pu ana, ke kumakena, ka lihaliha, a me minamina pauole i kau kane i aloha nui ia, no laila,

Hooholo ia: Ke noe ae nei ka makou leo pule i ke Akua ma na lani kiekie loa, e hoomana ia mai ko oukou manao kaumaha, a e kau ka malo o Kona aloha ma luna o oukou a pau. No ka mea, ʻNana no i haawi mai a Nana no i lawe aku. E hoomaikai ia ke Akua ma na lanikiekie loa. He malu ma ka honua, he aloha i na kanaka a pau loa.

O makou, o na lala o na komike hui,

A. Makekau
Mrs. C. B. Cockett
Mrs. Mina Ahyee
Mrs. Makalua
Mrs. Kamala Aiona
C. B. Cockett
R. H. Makekau
Mrs. Kauwenaole
Mrs. William White
Mrs. Lavinia Makalua
Mrs. R. H. Makekau
Mrs. Maleka Kahanu
James Kahalepua
Mrs. Alice Aiona
Mrs. P. Kuamu
D. Kanuha
Mrs. Lele Duncan

Komike
Lahaina, Maui
Okakopa 1, 1896"