Religion, Royalty, Names, and More Fill 2012 Hawaiian Journal of History

Cover image: Hawaiian Journal of History 46 (2012)The first Native Hawaiian to play college football in America adorns the cover of the 2012 edition (volume 46) of The Hawaiian Journal of History, being published in December. John Henry Wise of Kohala, a member of the undefeated 1892 Oberlin team, is the central figure in the lead-off article, “To Raise a Voice in Praise: The Revivalist Mission of John Henry Wise, 1889–1896.”

The article, by Ronald Williams, Jr., of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, explores the late nineteenth-century religious revivalist efforts of officers of the Hawaiian Evangelical Association, including their recruitment of John Wise to lead this evangelical movement, his training in the United States, and the outcome that followed his return to to the Islands.

Williams challenges previous portrayals of “submissive, ‘missionized,’ Native Hawaiian Christians” by highlighting Native actions and adducing the example of Wise as representative of a broader struggle that was enveloping Native churches. According to Williams, the actions of Wise and many others “point to a self-created identity as Native Hawaiian Christian” and rejection of “the false binary of Christian vs. Royalist that sought to pit their religious faith against national loyalties.”

Other articles in 2012 edition of the journal include:

  • “Queen Kamāmalu’s Place in Hawaiian History” by J. Susan Corley. Corley pieces together a portrait of Kamāmalu as “a fascinating, complex, and accomplished woman who was determined to fit herself into the new order of life that events had thrust upon her after her husband became king—first by the elimination of the traditional religion and its many kapu restrictions, and second by the new learning the American missionaries brought.”
  • “The Līhu‘e Place Name on Kaua‘i” by Pat L. Griffin, wherein the author presents a detailed deconstruction of Ethel Damon’s account of the naming of Līhu‘e, Kaua‘i, in her 1931 book, Koamalu:A Story of Pioneers on Kauai and of What They Built in That Island Garden.
  • “Off in the Far Away: Georgia O’Keeffe’s Letters Home from Hawai‘i” edited and annotated by Jennifer Saville. The painter visited Hawai‘i in 1939. Her letters to her husband, photographer Alfred Stieglitz, offer both a visitor’s experience of Hawai‘i and insights into the artist herself.
  • A note on the National Museum of Scotland’s display of one of Kamehameha II’s Featherwork ‘Ahu‘ula Cloaks by J. Susan Corley.
  • Reviews of seven recent books on aspects of Hawai‘i’s history.
  • The journal’s annual bibliography of recent Hawaiiana, covering books, articles, theses and dissertations, and audio-visual materials of historical interest published in 2011.

Volume 46 of the journal will be mailed to Hawaiian Historical Society members during December as a benefit of membership. Others may purchase copies directly from the Society office at 560 Kawaiahao Street, Honolulu (telephone 808-537-6271).