The Power of the Steel-tipped Pen: Reconstructing Native Hawaiian Intellectual History
Noenoe K. Silva is Professor of Indigenous Politics at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and author of
Ngugi wa Thiong’o is the author of numerous works of fiction, poetry, plays, and criticism, most recently,
Joseph Mokuʻōhai Poepoe
Chapter 4 is a literary biography of Joseph Mokuʻōhai Poepoe, a writer, translator, editor, attorney, and politician who wrote from c. 1878 until his death in 1913. Among his major contributions are two books: a eulogistic biography of King Kalākaua and a book of Hawaiʻi Supreme Court decisions. He also established and edited several newspapers and two literary magazines; and he wrote, compiled, edited, and published major epics drawn from the oral tradition. He was a lifelong advocate for the native language and its literature.