Gibson, Walter M. He Mau Olelo Ao e pili ana i ke Ola Kino o na Kanaka Hawaii
Gibson, Walter M. He Mau Olelo Ao e pili ana i ke Ola Kino o na Kanaka Hawaii
Gibson, Walter M. He Mau Olelo Ao e pili ana i ke Ola Kino o na Kanaka Hawaii
Gibson, Walter M. He Mau Olelo Ao e pili ana i ke Ola Kino o na Kanaka Hawaii

Gibson, Walter M. He Mau Olelo Ao e pili ana i ke Ola Kino o na Kanaka Hawaii

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Gibson, Walter M. He Mau Olelo Ao e pili ana i ke Ola Kino o na Kanaka Hawaii. Honolulu: J. H. Black, 1880.

Cloth spine with marbled boards, paper spine title label worn with loss to edges, 4 3/4 x 7 1/4 inches, binding is scuffed and edge-worn, yet with bright blue marbled paper. Old ink stain on back board. "John A. Cone, Honolulu 1882" on ffep. 216 clean pp., complete with end papers. Good. Hardcover.  [5095] 

Forbes 3290. OCLC 907528198, with one recorded location (Brigham Young University - Hawaii) for this first edition in the Hawaiian language. We found only one auction record and no catalogue records at RBU.

Walter Murray Gibson (1822-1888), Prime Minister of Hawaii in 1886. Gibson was a colorful character. He was probably born in the South of the US, although he sometimes claimed to have been born in England. A ship captain, he was a gunrunner and something of a desperado. He was jailed at Java by the Dutch on charges of fomenting rebellion, sentenced to death, and escaped from Weltevereden Prison. In 1859 he went to the Utah Territory and converted to Mormonism. In 1861, with the approval of Brigham Young, he founded a colony of Mormons on the Hawaiian island of Lanai, but was later excommunicated for doctrinal and financial reasons. He in turn excommunicated his accusers, kept the colony, and began seeking political influence in the islands. He started his own newspaper (Nuhou) in 1873, and won a seat in the House of Representatives as a candidate of the King's Party in 1878. He was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1882, and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1886. He was extremely influential with King Kalakaua and often held several appointments at the same time, and was derisively called by the opposing press, "The Minister of Everything."

First edition in Hawaiian of the Sanitary Instructions for Hawaiians. Also translated, "Some instructions pertaining to the care of health of the people of Hawaii." Forbes calls this a "pioneer work on public health." It was published specifically for native Hawaiians whose population had been in continued decline.