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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.

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