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William Pūnohuaweoweoulaokalani White (1851 – 1925)


Image from Bishop Museum Archives, Honolulu, Hawaii. Images are not to be re-used without permission.

Editor of Ahailono o Hawaii 1897

As a descendent on his maternal side of the great orator and counselor to Kamehameha from Moloka‘i, Kaiakea, William Pūnohu White was born into a kuleana (responsibility/privilage) that would thrust him into a role of leadership and service. He, like his ancestor, gained renown for his mastery of speech and rose to prominance as a Native lawyer and political leader. Derided and attacked by some in the foreign community through the English-language press, William was however very popular within the Native community and was elected to the Hawaiian Kingdom legislature in 1890 and 1892. On January 14, 1893 he was awarded the Knights’ Order of Kalākaua by Queen Lili‘uokalani for his work on a new constitution and deemed by her, a great patriot of the nation. In 1897 when the Hawaiian political group Hui Kalaiaina sought to create a newspaper for the purpose of fighting a renewed push towards annexation to the United States, William was chosen as its editor.

Call Number: SP 101255