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Joseph Nawahi Kaimu, Puna district, Hawaii in the year 1842. Nawahi was a painter, lawyer, and publisher. Nawahi was self taught as a painter.

Nawahi served in the state legislature for more than 20 years.

As a publisher he created a Hawaiian language newspaper.

Nawahi is the most celebrated realist painter to come from the islands. There are thought to be 6 or less of his paintings on the market.

The artist was under suspicion of helping to plot  the overthrow of the Hawaiian government. He ended up to spend three months in jail. Sadly, whilst in jail he also caught tuberculosis which would follow him to the grave.

Joseph Nawahi passed away in 1896.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

A work by Nawahi appeared on the Antiques Roadshow. It was estimated at $150,000. The work was recently appraised at $450,000.

Joseph Nawahi was one of the most important figures in the history of the state. Even though he was not part of the monarchy, the artist’s legacy he left behind as an educator of the people via his newspaper, is outstanding.

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