coito, manuel jesus

(Paúl do Mar [Madeira], 1876-Honolulu, 1957)

Known as the “Punchbowl poet” and the “Honolulu poet,” Coito was born in Madeira, but lived most of his life in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he wrote many poems and fados. It was the author’s granddaughter, Jeanne Kahanaoi, who found all of the poet’s works at home in a box. After this discovery, Professor Edgar C. Knowlton Jr., from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, translated the prose poems to share Coito’s works with the world. Four poems appear in the anthology organized by Gavan Daws and Bennett Hymer, Honolulu Stories: Voices of the Town Through the Years (2008).

Keywords: poetry; Hawaii.