A writer, teacher, lawyer, politician, newspaper editor, and artist, Joseph Nawahi 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 Lili‘uokalani during the last months of the monarchy, Nawahi 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 Hawai‘i’s independence as a nation. His editorials and speeches are some of the most passionate and articulate expressions of faith in the Hawaiian people.