Joseph Nawahi (Politician) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

Joseph Kahoʻoluhi Nāwahī, also known by his full Hawaiian name Iosepa Kahoʻoluhi Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu, was a Native Hawaiian nationalist leader, legislator, lawyer, newspaper publisher, and painter. Through his long political service during the monarchy and the important roles he played in the resistance and opposition to its overthrow, Nāwahī is regarded as an influential Hawaiian patriot. Born on the island of Hawaii, Nāwahī received his formal education in the Protestant missionary schools of the islands. He began his career as a teacher at the Hilo Boarding School and later became a self-taught lawyer. He was also an accomplished artist, and was one of the few indigenous Hawaiian painters to work in Western styles during the 19th century. Entering the realm of politics in 1872 as a member of the House of Representatives, he represented his home districts of Puna and later Hilo in the Legislature of the Kingdom of Hawaii for two decades.

Born: January 13, 1842, Kaimū, Puna, Hawaii
Died: Sept 14, 1896, San Francisco, California
Nationality: Kingdom of Hawaii
Political party: Liberal, Kuokoa, Emmaite
Spouse(s): Emma ʻAʻima Nāwahī
Children: 3
Occupation: Newspaper publisher, lawyer, painter
Monarch: Liliʻuokalani
Preceded by: Samuel Parker
Succeeded by: Mark P. Robinson

About Joseph Nawahi

Affiliated at different points in his career with the Hawaiian Liberal, Kuokoa, and Emmaite political parties, Nawahi was a longtime member of the Hawaiian House of Representatives. Also a publisher, he established a Hawaiian newspaper called Ke Aloha Aina.

Before Fame

In his youth, he attended several schools founded by Protestant missionaries to Hawaii.


A visual artist as well as a newspaper man and politician, he was responsible for a now-famous oil painting titled “View of Hilo Bay.”

Family Life

He grew up in Hawaii as the child of Keaweolalo and Nawahiokalani’opu’u. His second marriage, to Emma ‘Aima Ai’i, resulted in three children.


During the reign of final Hawaiian queen Liliuokalani, he briefly served as Hawaiian Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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Latest information about Joseph Nawahi updated on September 13, 2020.

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